I am used to building new stuff, I have always shy’d away from antiques for fear of ruining them. But a friend dropped this beautiful old Rocker by my shop today. It is about 80 years old, but has always been a comfortable Rocker. Due to age and I’m sure that the fact he leaves it on his deck has caused the cane seat to wear out. Also the varnish is really showing its age.
I guess my question is how to protect the finish without ruining the charecter of the chair. It has such a beautiful patina that has come from many years of use. The cane material would be the next thing where to find the reed that would match what was used in years past. The weaving of the reed should not present to mach of a problem seen as it is like a straight basket weave. Mothing complicated like a hearing bone patteren, which also happens to be on my bucket list of things I want to learn before leaving this earth.
I told my friend my concerns and he said he has enough faith in seeing my work to know that I wouldn’t do anything to hurt the chair?? I appreciate his trust.
-- Taigert - Milan, IN