BAFRA Conservation award 2010 entry.  'Best Spread of Skills' award.

 The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association this year held a competition for associate members. A bare oak panel was given with a basic design of 2 circular and 6 quatrefoil shaped apertures, to be decorated in a chosen style from a particular period in furniture history.

The panel below being influenced by Victorian gothic with the addition of engraved  and silvered plaques influenced by late 18th century silvered clock dials. Incorporating a variety of skills including turning, carving, gilding, hand-engraving, metalworking, etc.

Despite a 'last minute' decision to enter and several late nights, the piece was only just finished in time in its present form. Although the initial plan was to create a triptych.   Prizes were divided into categories,  this piece won 'Best Spread of Skills' category.

 

 
 
 

 Construction utilized as many processes as possible in order to demonstrate a range of skills:

Outer frame mouldings were cut using a combination of router and hand tools, the concave mouldings were cut on a jig then mitred together.

The engraved discs were first hammered into a convex form and trued up on a lathe by temporarily soft soldering to a pivot, engraving done by hand using a tungsten graver, filled with black stick shellac and silvered using a silver chloride powder.

Quatrefoil apertures cross banded in a rosewood inlay and embellished with turned finials of different woods with a backing of red silk.

The gilt beaded borders to the plaques were turned as separate rings on the lathe, these and the 3/4 round beading to the outer frame were then prepared with gesso and red clay before being gilded.