New from the Old
is a long way until an old unattractive piece of furniture can become
the dazzling centerpiece of your home.
The piece of furniture is dismanteled, all metal fittings, glass
elements, marble plates must be removed. Paint, which has possibly
been applied in an uncraftsmanlike way must be plained away. Cracked
woodwork is protected with a filling compound and each piece of
wood is again joined together with the approprate glue. To achieve
the correct colouring the wood is stained with a Spirit solution
in the correct hue. Only now can the first coating with SCHELLAC*
be applied. Once dried the wood is smoothed and polished by hand
until the renowned Schellacglow evenly shines. to obtain a smooth
suface (as in piano sufaces) the pores of the wood a re subsequently
closed with Pumice Dust. This necessitates several smoothing and
Depending on the size of a piece to be restored the time involved
can be estimated for example : A chair requires between 10 and 12
hours of work.
Produced in India and Thailand from the secrete of an insect which
they use to feed their young. That which is not eaten is stored
on the branches of surrounding trees. These branches cut by harvesters
and the Schellac is removed by hand. Original Schellac ist waxy
and is used mainly for matt surface Polish. To obtain a Schellac
which is ideal for shiny surfaces the wax is extracted.
the differing nuances and hues of Schellac are dependant on the
region where it is harvested. Thailand for example produces a dark
Schellac. To obtain a lighter hue then colour pigments can be filtered
until the required nuance is achieved.
Schellac is 100% biological and was used to protect furniture in
Vienna in the time of the Barock era. But it hasn`t been retricted
to furniture: Schellac has also been used to give Marzipan its noble
shine, Pills and other medicines have been coated to hinder that
they dissolve in the mouth, even a popular local chocolate biscuit:
"Napoli Drageekeksi", which, according to the advertising
slogan "do not melt in the hand" have been coated with
Schellac. Lemons and Oranges, to ensure that they do not dry out
during their transport have enjoyed a thick coat of Schellac. And
of course the old 78 records should not be left unmentioned.
On the following page you will find some tips about how to take
care of your furniture. Furniture