Qualifications

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.