Mahogany Indonesian Chairs

These two upright-designed high-armed chairs originated in Indonesia and are made from a beautiful red-brown mahogany species closely related to Sapelle Mahogany. The design is elegant but the manufacturer’s finishing process left them rather rough around the edges.Grind marks where the manufacturer smoothed the surface using a grinder instead of a sander appeared all over […]

Cane can be restored

These elegant cane chairs were quite badly worn on the arms with the original protective coating broken down through years of use allowing the raw cane beneath to stain in patches. Our client was keen to completely restore these beauties so EARTHWOOD painstakingly stripped and sanded each cane back to its original natural state. We […]

American Oak Roll-top Desk

This lovely American Oak roll-top desk was imported in a rather dishevelled state from the US. EARTHWOOD picked up all the pieces and put it back together again just like Humpty-Dumpty. We then touched this beautiful piece of furniture up all-over where it was necessary and brought it back to its original condition including getting […]

1940s Solid Oak Cabinet

Some pieces of furniture are so classically beautiful as to almost speak. This eloquent circa 1940s solid oak cabinet is one such piece. Our client removed the lead-light door panels so EARTHWOOD could restore the inside and the outside of this lovely cabinet We stripped the entire piece back to the classic bare oak grain […]

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair

This piece of furniture is aptly called a Harp Chair. The original designer was a Dane, Jorgen Hovelskov, who designed harp chairs in Denmark during the 1960s. We’re not sure if this was one of his designs but it seems likely. They’re certainly not available now unless you get extraordinarily lucky and find one from […]

Otto Larsen Dining Suite Refurbsihment

The brand new timber is always just under the surface. Our client had used this suite for thirty years and loved it so much they wanted it restored. This is an Otto Larsen dining suite, now very much coming back into vogue. Earthwood sanded the entire suite back exposing  beautiful new mahogany underneath. We needed […]

Classic 1940-1950s Occasional Furniture Refurbishment

This lovely half-round table is a 1940-50s classic piece of occasional furniture. Initially we thought the timber was Rimu but when we stripped it back we discovered it was Tawa. The construction of this piece is incredibly sturdy. The apron (the facing piece under the top edge) is 30mm thick solid timber. Tawa is a […]

Teak Produces Natural Oils

This elegant old china cabinet (circa 1920) made of solid teak was in a bit of disarray with broken glass and the woodwork in poor condition. Earthwood took it apart, completely stripped it, had the leadwork repaired and glass replaced, before restoring the cabinet back to its original condition. Solid teak in this type of […]

True Craftsmanship from 1950s

Lovely 1950s cabinet/bookshelf made by master craftsman One of the lovely aspects of working with antiques and old furniture is in becoming a sort of historian. At Earthwood, we are not historians per se, but over the years we’ve learned a great deal about period furniture and can identify period pieces quite easily. There’s something […]

Walnut-Veneered Sewing Machine Cabinet Refurbish

This lovely old sewing machine cabinet has been around for quite a while, but until we started stripping it, we hadn’t realised the timber was walnut.  Happily, it was in excellent condition apart from a couple of borer holes. Walnut sewing machine cabinets are relatively rare compared with Oak and other timbers. Because it was […]