My acquiring a Robsjohn-Gibbings chest like the one shown above--but not in that gorgeous condition--has spurred me to search for a new refinisher/restorer. This is not an easy quest because most "professional" refinishers do not have a clue as to what it really takes to bring a piece of furniture to that level of restoration. I have had my quota of restorers who swore they could "French Polish", lacquer, reveneer, restore an existing finish without stripping, etc. and then what they delivered was a piece of furniture that might as well be sent to a second tier flea market (six unhappy faces) lost money and time and aggravation. I even had one guys (who came well-recommended) steal my piece...
My neighbor, Kevin (Arroyo Antiques) deals in great mid-century and Danish furnishings. Kevin's pieces are always restored to the nth degree....and Kevin shared his restorer/refinisher with me. Danish and mid-century furniture does not need to be lacquered; so I was taking a leap of faith in trying out Aaron Moore.
When I brought the chest to Aaron today, I was astounded--his shop was immaculate, everything was in order; the pieces waiting his touch were all tagged and positioned; his materials and supplies were neatly ordered on shelves. In other words, this guy is a professional!! But most of all Aaron said all of the right words--restoration is an art; the trade has a specialized vocabulary and methodology. When Aaron described the various steps he would take with my chest, I knew I had found my guy. Aaron is even going to use "Piano Lacquer" (the creme de la creme) on my chest. Very, very few restorers even know the difference between piano lacquer and just regular/plain lacquer.
Aaron is super busy; so I won't get my chest back for a while, but that's OK because I'm sure that it will be done just right.
I'm going to take Aaron a Tommi Parzinger coffee table that Roberto hasn't been able to fix properly tomorrow, it doesn't involve a lot of work; so maybe Aaron can squeeze it in next week.
BEST OF ALL--Aaron is located just a hop from my house!!
I'm grateful!! An open heart is just what was needed.
Mary & Jones & Cole