RESTORATION PROJECTS

AA BOX 385 

In the autumn of 2021 we were asked by David Hann of "The Orchard Restorations" based in Cheddar, if we would like to quote to reinstate the lettering on the side of an AA box he was restoring for a client. Fortunately he was able to provide images of the lettering required! as on this box it had been painted over years ago.  We agreed we would love to carry out the work. Once David had carried out the complete restoration, we spent 4 days making the tracings and applying the signwriters enamel as it is white on black everything had to be second coated. On completion of the AA box he also asked us to highlight the AA badge on a First Aid Tin for the inside of the box.

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CRICKHOWELL DYEING SPINNING AND WEAVING CENTRE

In the autumn of 2021 we were asked if we could refurbish the A Board belonging to Crickhowell Dyeing, Spinning and Weaving Centre. Firstly we took a detailed tracing of the lettering etc then the A Board was sanded, any bad areas filled followed by one primer two undercoats and final a coat of Dulux Oxford blue. Once fully hardened the tracing was backed and traced over, then the lettering applied using signwriters enamel

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BROADWAY PARISH CHURCH, ILMINSTER

The church wardens at Broadway near Ilminster approached us during summer 2021 with a view of having the parish church's sign refurbished. The idea was to have it repainted Black with gold lettering this time, We  collected the sign and set about removing the stain previously applied, then sanded it back discovering that it was originally much lighter with darker lettering. Any wood in poor condition was repaired, the complete sign was then given 1 primer coat, 2 undercoats and finally 2 coats of high gloss black. The lettering was picked out using gold signwriters enamel.
The images right show top left before restoration, bottom left after sanding back ready for painting, and on the right after it was returned and refitted to its mounting.

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH, ISLE BREWERS

During 2019-2020 this beautiful 160-year-old church underwent  a major restoration. During October 2020  we were approached to replicate the lettering either side of the altar window, and then refurbish the ornamentation of the cross below it. We took detailed tracings and measurements of the original lettering to assist us with reproducing it on to the newly painted walls.

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BED AND BREAKFAST HOUSE SIGN RESTORATION

Late October 2020 we were approached to quote to restore a house sign for a Bed and Breakfast business. Once everything was agreed the sign was delivered to us. The first step in the restoration process is to compile a plan of action. Firstly, the sign was put in the care of Paul, who over a 3 day period carefully stripped all the old varnish off. The sign was then cleaned and sanded, next job was to choose the stain colour, the colour was chosen very carefully to ensure a final colour which was ideally close to a Chestnut colour. I applied 5 coats of stain with a fine sanding between each coat. Then it was passed to Carole's workshop for the carved lettering to be painted and the 23 added in the same colour.

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SOUTH PETHERTON

In August 2019 we were approached to re-instate the Licence notice in a doorway of a cottage that was previously a shop in South Pertherton. Left is the licence before we re-instated it, it took quite a bit of thinking about to work out the original lettering, as it had been over-written at some point in the past and the very first lettering was showing through.  

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ST MARY'S CHURCH, BATHWICK
ROLL OF HONOUR MEMORIAL BOARD

In 2019 we were approached to quote to refurbish the wings of this beautiful WW1 memorial board and to also include the names of those who fought in WW2.

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CLEVEDON FRIARY WAR MEMORIAL

The board was removed and brought to the workshop. Tracings of the lettering and layout were taken. The board was then taken to a specialist joiner for a new plaque to be made and fitted. The new plaque is of timber with a birds eye oak veneer. New dark oak side, top and bottom  trims were fitted, and the remainder of the board was cleaned and oiled. Carole then rewrote the lettering using signwriters enamel.
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LAMPERT AND SONS 1943 HAY WAGON

This 1943 Hay Wagon was originally purchased new by E.H.Canvin of Somerton. After many years lying forgotten in a barn it was rescued and restored by the purchasers grandson Dudley. During early 2015 he requested we replicated the original lettering and lining that it had when his family first bought it all those years ago.  

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ST THOMAS A BECKET CHURCH
PYLLE, SOMERSET

2017 saw the Restoration of this beautiful ornate signage at the entrance to the church

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ST MARY'S  CHURCH, LIMPLEY STOKE
ROLL OF HONOUR MEMORIAL BOARD

Before its restoration the Roll of Honour board was looking very tired and in very poor condition, the vase holder also being rotten. The board was removed and delivered to my workshop. Tracings of all the lettering taken, to ensure authenticity and the correct style of font was used. The board was then repaired, sanded, a new vase holder was made and installed. The complete board then coated with several coats of specialist oil, the tracings transferred onto the restored board, and signwritten with enamels and gold leaf.