1 This is Richard Moller standing at the entrance of his Stamford studio.
2 Richard chose this bronze casting of the eternal flame for his company logo. He feels it aptly represents what he's trying to do with his furniture restoration - keeping vanishing techniques from fading away.
3 The studio is filled with many projects. Richard has been practicing the art of restoration for more than 45 years, working for such notables as Sotheby’s, Christies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York. He has also worked extensively with the decorating trade including Mark Hampton, Parish Hadley, Peter Marino, and Bunny Williams.
4 Richard explained that this console table had been bleached by the sun. Its true wood tone was discovered beneath an ornate drawer pull. The bleached finish will be returned to that original stain.
5 This small chest of drawers came in with missing molding.
6 Using antique wood, the molding was copied and repaired.
7 You can often tell the quality of furniture by looking at how its drawers were made. With dovetail joints, joining the sides of the drawer to the front, this is a good piece. The dovetail joint is noted for its tensile strength, or resistance to being pulled apart.
8 The chest was also missing several knobs.
9 The remaining knobs will also be copied using antique wood.
10 Richard is always on the lookout for odd pieces of old wood and in furniture restoration, one piece goes a long way.
11 This 19th century French chair came in with broken caning, which was beautifully replaced.
12 Alex Wahyudi specializes in marquetry, a nearly extinct art. Richard is keeping it alive in his studio by recreating it in a contemporary fashion.
13 Marquetry is the art of applying thin slices of differently colored wood, shell, and other precious materials to create pictures and geometric designs.
14 Designers use this versatile means of creative expression to decorate the smooth surfaces of pieces of furniture. Obviously, this art requires extreme precision.
15 You can see the difference in color between dark cherry wood and the lighter maple.
16 This farm table was successfully shortened from 10-feet to 7-feet. Richard is holding some of the pieces removed.
17 Antiques expert and Antiques Roadshow host, Chris Jussel, has used Richard for many delicate projects over the years. These are his pair of English bamboo chairs, which have been repaired using flexible green bamboo, which will darken over time.
18 This hall stand is also missing bamboo trim. Green bamboo for these repairs is cut from the side of the road.
19 The decorative painting on this piece is also in need of repair.
20 For antique paint repairs, one needs to create the color to match.
21 These are all special pigments and solutions for making paint.
22 This is a handsome English chest on stand, c. 1725, which was missing pieces of veneer.
23 Richard can approximate when this chest was made because prior to 1725, the bottom drawer liners were built spanning front to back. The direction was changed spanning side to side to give the drawer more strength.
24 Again, nice dovetailing
25 Round nuts fastening the drawer pulls indicate they were handmade and very old.
26 Another very special aspect of this chest is that all of the drawer pulls are original.
27 This is the top part of a German hall stand, which was brought in with carving missing.
28 At some point in its history, the top of the stand was cut off, probably to fit a space. This fleur-de-lis was made and added.
29 Other repairs were undetectable.
30 This coffee table will be restored with distressed painting.
31 Richard's assistant is Aaron Sunwall and he was working on something called a marquetry packet, made up of several layers of veneer.
32 This is the floral design Aaron was working on.
33 This is a small rendering of the design.
34 Aaron's pattern pieces were laid out and affixed to the marquetry packets.
35 This is a chevalet, a French marquetry tool that allows for extremely precise and delicate cutting. This tool was long guarded as a secret by French art houses. This is a historically correct replica of a French chevalet.
36 This is the fine saw blade that slides easily on a carriage and cuts on the push stroke.
37 Aaron was about to cut out these pieces.
38 Because the marquetry packet is directly in front of Aaron's face, he is able to expertly guide the template around the saw blade. Remember, he's cutting multiple layers of veneer.