To Wax or Not to Wax

When to use wax on your furniture, and how to wax properly? Waxing is mostly used for older finishes, especially a French Polished (shellac) finish. It can be successfully applied over lacquers, polyurethanes and varnishes but only in low-wear areas where it can produce a beautiful glow. We definitely don’t recommend waxing furniture which has been […]

Reviving the Past

Repair and restoration of century old davenport A davenport is an old-fashioned ornamental writing desk with drawers, and a sloping surface on which to comfortably write. This davenport is an early 20th century piece made from beautifully figured walnut veneer laid over a base of Baltic Pine. It was most likely made in the UK. […]

Writing Compendium

An unusual wooden item comes in for old-fashioned French Polishing refurbishment We see some absolutely marvellous items in our day to day work restoring and refinishing wooden furniture. This unusual piece is a small writing compendium made from Honduras Mahogany. Officially named swietenia macrophylla, Honduras Mahogany comes from the Meliaceae family and is one of three […]

Who is Mark Biggelaar

Brief profile of Mark Biggelaar, Earthwood Ltd’s founder, wood-finishing expert, and furniture restorer Mark Biggelaar, who has 45 years experience in furniture restoration and wood-surface finishing, is the founder of Earthwood Ltd.   At fifteen he joined his father’s furniture making business, NZ Woodcreations Ltd. At that stage Woodcreations employed ten people and was beginning to […]