I’m Mike Davies a self-employed furniture restorer and letter carver based in Pontypridd and serving Cardiff and South Wales. I have over twenty-five years’ experience covering all aspects of antique and modern furniture restoration including traditional upholstery and French polishing.
As an accomplished letter carver, I produce hand carved Oak benches, letter carved artwork and general signage carving letters in stone and wood. All my lettering is cut by hand using a mallet and chisels.
I have always had a fascination for carved letterforms and express this in my work by cutting a multiplicity of styles with the objective of producing a visual and tactile experience.
The restoration projects that I undertake are both large and small and have varied over the years from re-fixing loose mouldings to the in-situ striping and French polishing of an art deco café interior.
My restoration work is guided by principals of minimum intervention and reversibility, only carrying out the amount of work that is necessary to restore to a good functional condition and wherever possible, using traditional materials which are inherently reversible.
My preference is to clean and restore an original finish as furniture cleaning can produce quite surprising results.