With over 35 years’ experience in antique restoration Andrew Whittaker is an accomplished cabinet maker and craftsman.
Andrew learnt his trade by successfully completing a 4-year apprenticeship programme with the renowned Irish cabinet maker and antique furniture restorer William ‘Billy’ Dann.
A cabinet maker is a skilled craftsman who has been trained in the art of hand-making furniture. An expert, he/she has a unique knowledge of all hard and softwood timbers, is competent in traditional methods of jointing and veneering, is a master at re-creating carvings, completing fretwork upholstering, skilled in a range of timber finishes such as wax and French polishing, as well competent in a range of decorative techniques such as ‘tooling’ and ‘gilding’.
Andrew set up business in Derrygolan, Co. Offaly, just four miles outside Tullamore, in 1985, moving to the existing workshop in 2002.
Andrew says, “I trained under one of the finest and well known antique furniture restorers in the trade. Restoration, is all about putting the goodness back into a period item and restoring its functionality, yet retaining the integrity of the original craftsmanship.
In order to successfully restore, one must possess the ability to craft the piece from the bare timber. A major part of restoration work is hands-on manual labour as each piece is painstakingly rejuvenated to repair damage, replace missing parts and/or reverse the impact of years of neglect.”
Many items require time, patience and tender loving care to return them to their former glory. Expert knowledge is key to retaining the true essence of the antique. Whittaker Furniture Restoration prides itself in their professional service.