PAOLO

REFURBISHMENT AND POLISHING (27/02/2016)

Splendido paio d'ore trascorso nell'ordinatissimo (ma pieno di attrezzi) laboratorio di Valentina. Mi ha spiegato , e poi fatto provare , la tecnica della verniciatura a gommalacca , per la quale aveva preparato delle tavole a vari livelli di lavorazione , in modo che potessi testare i vari step della procedura. Abbiamo poi parlato , dietro mia richiesta , di vari altri sistemi e prodotti (cere , mordenti , etc.) . Alla fine ho dovuto appuntarmi i vari discorsi perchè i temi affrontati (ed esaurientemente esposti ) erano stati tanti. Persona molto disponibile , si è dichiarata disposta a chiarirmi eventuali dubbi via mail nel prossimo futuro.Sono andato via con la testa piena di utili suggerimenti e due utili omaggi in mano. Consigliatissima a chi vuole approfondire (o iniziare a capire ) i temi del restauro e della verniciatura a gommalacca.

VALENTINA | Restorer

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After a university education in cultural heritage, I decided to turn my passion for wood working in a job that I love deeply and that allows me to carry on the ancient tradition of the city I live.
My shop is located in a little square of Venice, a surprisingly quiet and relaxing corner out of the tourist hotspots, where you can still feel the authentic Venetian life.
In my lab I restore antique furniture using techniques and materials that belong to the tradition: I use hard glue that is persistent and completely reversible, which is essential for restorations; as finish I use shellac stamp pads, which makes the piece of forniture warm and pleasant to the touch.
With scrap wood and recycled material I produce unique handcrafted items, preferring the use of hand tools (planes, rasps, chisels) and natural finish materials (shellac, oils, waxes).
Even old furniture or various wooden objects forgotten in the basement can be revitalized and eventually transformed into original artifacts that fit to modern needs.

VALENTINA | Restorer


THE STORY
After a university education in cultural heritage, I decided to turn my passion for wood working in a job that I love deeply and that allows me to carry on the ancient tradition of the city I live. My shop is located in a little square of Venice, a surprisingly quiet and relaxing corner out of the tourist hotspots, where you can still feel the authentic Venetian life. In my lab I restore antique furniture using techniques and materials that belong to the tradition: I use hard glue that is persistent and completely reversible, which is essential for restorations; as finish I use shellac stamp pads, which makes the piece of forniture warm and pleasant to the touch. With scrap wood and recycled material I produce unique handcrafted items, preferring the use of hand tools (planes, rasps, chisels) and natural finish materials (shellac, oils, waxes). Even old furniture or various wooden objects forgotten in the basement can be revitalized and eventually transformed into original artifacts that fit to modern needs.
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PAOLO

REFURBISHMENT AND POLISHING (27/02/2016)

Splendido paio d'ore trascorso nell'ordinatissimo (ma pieno di attrezzi) laboratorio di Valentina. Mi ha spiegato , e poi fatto provare , la tecnica della verniciatura a gommalacca , per la quale aveva preparato delle tavole a vari livelli di lavorazione , in modo che potessi testare i vari step della procedura. Abbiamo poi parlato , dietro mia richiesta , di vari altri sistemi e prodotti (cere , mordenti , etc.) . Alla fine ho dovuto appuntarmi i vari discorsi perchè i temi affrontati (ed esaurientemente esposti ) erano stati tanti. Persona molto disponibile , si è dichiarata disposta a chiarirmi eventuali dubbi via mail nel prossimo futuro.Sono andato via con la testa piena di utili suggerimenti e due utili omaggi in mano. Consigliatissima a chi vuole approfondire (o iniziare a capire ) i temi del restauro e della verniciatura a gommalacca.

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In my lab I will let you discover the materials, the tools and the type of woods that are mainly used for the refurbishment of antiques. For a couple of hours we will talk about the traditional and modern techniques of restoration, we will understand how to give a new life and also a new dignity to antique furniture and I will show you the French polish technique supplying to you all the materials and informations you need to get familiar with this ancient technique.

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