Jamie Halford qualified in Furniture
Restoration and Craftsmanship obtaining a
2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours studying for 3 years at Buckinghamshire
University, High Wycombe.
The degree course:
The studying of furniture history; design and construction along with intensive hours 'at
the bench' developed the
foundation skills and knowledge required. Practical skills being of great
importance; cabinet making, traditional upholstery and polishing, metal work, gilding, and specialized
skills connected with the field of conservation and restoration. Ethical aspects, material
science and timber technology/identification also being covered.
Experience: Working with professional
restorers including periods spent within an established restorers workshops has added the
essential experience traditionally gained from apprenticeships. Along with work on all
manner of antiques not only furniture, over the last 17 years, for a variety of clients;
dealers, collectors, and the general public.
Dealing: Dealing in antique furniture for a
number of years has naturally enabled an increased understanding of the trade and the
wider world of antiques beyond just restoration.
Further studies: Antique furniture restoration as a profession
requires broad knowledge, as well as the practical
skills. expanding this knowledge is a continuous ongoing process, often requiring research
specific project. Studies and training is also followed
through attending relevant professional development opportunities.
A substantial library of reference books aids such research, a list of
recommended publications will be added to this website in the near future.
Accreditation: Although my specific education
with Degree qualification inspires confidence in my services, there are further
opportunities for accreditation available.
Trade guilds are not any proof of competence and so I do not belong to
any, however I am working toward accredited membership of the foremost association in the
restoration/conservation of antique furniture which I anticipate being completed by the
end of 2012 as all aspects of assessment have now been fulfilled.