Well they say that "Pictures Speak a Thousand Words"
Richard is an artist as well as a skilled craftsman. When he saw my old blue chair I'd picked up somewhere for $5, he felt sure it had been made in
Massachusetts USA and he immediately wanted to restore it, just for the love of it.
(see 1st image above, light blue painted chair before / after)
I've been to Richard's workshop and seen the worn and damaged, but obviously well loved chairs, lounges, prams, bassinets and others that have been brought to him. Then I've seen the detailed and beautifully finished restorations and the pleasure on the faces of the owners, so I new my chair was in good hands.
Not only did Richard restore it to it's former glory, he researched it and found that it had indeed been made by 'Heywood Wakefield Bros' in
Massachusetts USA - and was well over 100 years old! I'm an artist too, so Richard has asked me to do a drawing of the chair for him. I think that says a lot about his passion for his craft.
When he returned the chair to my studio, I was amazed and could hardly believe it was the same one! I used to pose some of my models in it - now, they have to ask if they can sit in it! You know when you've found someone who's more than just a tradesman - someone whose work shows not just their skills, but also the love they have for what they do. Richard is one of those.
Murray Edwards. Corella Hill Studio, Watervale. South Australia .
I picked up a wicker chair from "Trash and Treasure" many years ago for approximately $30, The chair appealed to me because it was an unusual shape with one arm rest rolled lower than the other side. The down side of my purchase was that someone had painted it and it needed some major repair work. I eventually took the chair to Wicker Works with a view to seeing whether it would be worthwhile having it restored
After some discussion with Richard, I decided to leave it in his capable hands to see what magic he could perform. The transformation was amazing. I am so pleased with the end result and have even had comments from my friends.
Deb, Glenelg, South Australia.