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Gift Ideas for Christmas

Gift Ideas for Christmas

November 05, 2020

Well, it’s October half-term and the time has come for the new me to start buying Christmas presents. For the me of 2017 this would have been unheard of. Christmas present buying was relegated to week 2 of December after ‘School Christmas’ had taken place. 

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How To Restore Nathan Teak Furniture (Step-by-Step Guide)

How To Restore Nathan Teak Furniture (Step-by-Step Guide)

October 27, 2020

Step-by-Step How-To Guide for restoring the worn-out finish on teak furniture. In this guide, I restore a set of Nathan nested tables.

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Be more 'Queen Bee' this Mothering Sunday

March 17, 2020

The more Simon tells me, the more intrigued I am to find out more about these intelligent, efficient and productive creatures. It seems to me that there may be some practical applications to my own life. So begins my research and I soon discover that there are three types of honey bee...

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FOR THE LOVE OF LEATHER,  BALSAM AND THE GODDESS NIGELLA

FOR THE LOVE OF LEATHER, BALSAM AND THE GODDESS NIGELLA

February 14, 2020 1 Comment

So the time has come to dust off the jar of Gilboy's Leather Balsam which has been in the cupboard for many months. 
"Bring me back some of that shoe polish," I kept saying to Simon. 
"It's not polish, it's a balsam," would come the correction. I refrained from asking what the difference was. For many months Simon has been excitedly coming home and telling me about the new product he has been creating and how he had finally worked out that he needed to add more lanolin in order to perfect a balsam made from the highest quality of ingredients, the purest of components and that it would revolutionise the way that people cared for their leather.

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Polishing Antique Furniture with Beeswax Polish: Before & After, Side-By-Side Comparison

Polishing Antique Furniture with Beeswax Polish: Before & After, Side-By-Side Comparison

August 05, 2019 1 Comment

I was rummaging around in the container just outside here. We have a large shipping container where we store all of our bits of old furniture that we use for repairs. And I stumbled across these two panels. Now look at these, two mahogany panels that are identical. I'm going to wax one and leave one. So we've got a before and after. People are always asking us about our polishes and why they're so good and why we as furniture restorers make them.

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How to French Polish

How to French Polish

March 03, 2019 2 Comments

In this article I demonstrate how we remove an old french polish finish on a John Broadwood piano fall. It is then french polished to a high shine using entirely traditional methods taught to me as an apprentice by the Dartington Trust owned Staverton Joinery.

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How To Strip and Refinish Wooden Furniture

How To Strip and Refinish Wooden Furniture

October 18, 2018 2 Comments

This procedure is very simple to follow and will give your wooden furniture a natural-looking protective waxed finish.

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How Our Beeswax Wood Polish Is Made

October 15, 2018

The complete story of our beeswax polish. Everything you ever wanted to know about Gilboy's Gold beeswax furniture polish. Including what beeswax is and how it is made by the bees.

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How To Make A French Polisher's Rubber

How To Make A French Polisher's Rubber

March 15, 2018 2 Comments

In this presentation I am demonstrating how I was taught to make a French Polisher's rubber. If you are just starting out and looking at french polishing for the first time then this is the correct way to start.

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How to Prevent Apple HomePod White Ring Marks

How to Prevent Apple HomePod White Ring Marks

February 15, 2018 1 Comment

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What is causing the white ring marks left by the Apple HomePod?

What is causing the white ring marks left by the Apple HomePod?

February 15, 2018

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10 Reasons Gilboy's Gold is the Best Beeswax Polish for Wood and Furniture

10 Reasons Gilboy's Gold is the Best Beeswax Polish for Wood and Furniture

November 24, 2017 1 Comment

Gilboy's MD, Simon explains how and why Gilboy's Gold was developed and we list the 10 reasons why it is incontestably the best beeswax wood polish that money can buy.

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