Andres Riquelme Restorations
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Andres Riquelme Restorations Serving Upstate South Carolina, Andres offers period-correct antique restoration, repair and conservation of fine furniture, architectural pieces, sculpture and artwork. As a former customer of Andres R, I am writing to encourage anyone wanting fine antiques restored to entrust him and hire him. His workmanship is superb. Andres will treat your pieces with the greatest care and return them to you in an even better condition you might have expected - for a fair price.

I am an on-going customer of Andres Riquelme since I constantly need table tops repaired and restored. I shun new furniture for the quality and timelessness of antiques, and Andres knows how to gently care for them. My quarter sawn oak sideboard had a 2 gouge in the top, and Andres made it disappear. He treats old pieces with respect by bringing new life to them, not by adding a "shiny coat."

Andres is a master at matching and making colors for wood. After sanding my bathroom floor he matched it perfectly with the rest of my 100 year old wood floor boards.
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read more › With 25 years of experience beginning in Chile, I have nurtured my passion for art and working with my hands. My father, in Santiago, taught me to create objects of art from local natural materials. My grandfather, a woodworking teacher, has been my inspiration. In the 1990's I moved to Miami, Florida where I worked for antique dealers, restoration service companies, and individual customers; and gained a great deal of experience in restoring antique European furniture. After several years I moved to Greenville, South Carolina where I've had an opportunity to focus more on antique restoration.

read more › Whether your need is to restore a valuable antique or to repair a treasured piece of furniture, I can help you determine the best approach. Antique restoration is a demanding craft. The goal of restoration is to repair and restore the structure and finish of a piece as close to its original state as possible without diminishing its value. For items that do not have a historical value, stripping and refinishing may be appropriate, and result in the best outcome. Together, we will determine the best method and process for your furniture, so that you and future generations may enjoy it.

read more › Lacquer and varnish offer the most durable and moisture-resistant finishes for your treasured antique furniture. Lacquer is a solvent-based finish that is usually clear but may also come in different tints and colors. It contains plasticizers that make it harder and more durable than varnish. It dries more quickly. The very hard finishes that some lacquers can produce actually help your furniture look more beautiful and become more resistant to damage. Lacquer can produce surfaces that are shiny and glossy because it contains shellac mixed with alcohol.

read more › Oil finishes are considered to be environmentally friendly and yield a transparent, water-resistant and lustrous finish. Tung oil or China wood oil is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seeds from the nut of the tung tree. It is applied to prepared wood in many fine coats and cures to a satin "wetted wood" look with a slightly golden tint. Tung oil resists water better than other oil finishes, but does not provide durability from scratches. Some woodworkers consider tung oil to be one of the best natural finishes for wood.

read more › Riquelme Restoration can take care of the structure as well as the finish of your fine antique furniture. Andres' fine carpentry skills are useful for solid, joined and veneered fine furniture. Before refinishing a piece of fine furniture, repairs must be made, such as duplicating or replacing old wooden parts, regluing weak joints, recreating missing pieces of an antique inlay. All repairs are made as authentically as possible to the period, preserving the value and restoring the beauty of your treasured piece.

read more › For example, a Miami customer came to me with an unusual request. He had two trophy (elephant) tusks which were mounted on standing bases. These were top-heavy and unstable. As a result of a fall, one ivory tusk tip had chipped. The break was easily repaired, but stabilizing them against future injury was more complicated. I combined two resins and sand to make casts of the tusk cavities, first lining these with plastic so the casts would come away cleanly. Metal pins with screw extensions were carefully inserted into the hot, expanding resin mixture, so that the hardware would later attach to/through the wooden bases.

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