Antique restoration - selection of tools

About Alistair Price Limited

Satinwood bureau bookcaseAfter spending two years at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, from 1977 to 1979, on the highly acclaimed Cabinet Making and Antique Restoration course Alistair spent the next seven years in a workshop in High Wycombe working as a cabinet maker with the latter three years managing the workshop.

It was working here, alongside two very experienced chairmakers, Alistair was able to develop a further skill, one that is very rare to find in the 21st Century. This art of chairmaking was to play quite a large part in the future of the business.

In May 1986 Alistair set up in business in a workshop in Eton Wick, as a Cabinet and Chairmaker, and also offered a very important Antique Restoration service to the surrounding, and London, Antique dealers and private clients alike.

After only a few months and being very much in demand, Alistair was joined by an old Rycotewood colleague, Mark Pickard. Since leaving College, Mark had gained invaluable restoration experience at a couple of reputable restoration workshops.

In 1994 we moved to our current workshop in White Waltham, a Village about 2 miles out from the centre of Maidenhead. This was a huge step forward in so far that we are now on the ground floor with lots of parking and easy access. At Eton Wick we were first floor with no parking and everything had to be carried up an outside staircase! We now have our own French polisher, an upholsterer and other skilled people to call on to offer a whole range of services which include carving, desk leathering, chair caning and rushing, turning, glazing, clock repairs etc.