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Mike Davies letter carver and furniture restorer

 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.
I am currently not accepting new clients for furniture restoration but will still accept commissions from existing clients. Commissions for benches and letter carving are unaffected.


01443 403600

Forest of Dean sandstone hand carved by Mike Davies"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."
Forest of Dean sandstone.

Letter Carving

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.

Hand carved and gilded house sign in slate by Mike DaviesSlate 320 x 200 "V" incised and gilded with 24kt. gold leaf.

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.

hand carved oak bench by Mike Davies mdeuBench at Brecon Mountain Centre with Spike Milligan quote
"But what was rain after all? Just a dry day with water"
Quote used by kind permission of Spike Milligan productions Ltd.



Furniture Restoration

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.

Walnut base restored by Mike Davies mdeuWalnut base part restored for display

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.

example of furniture cleaning by Mike Davies mdeu Furniture cleaning can produce quite surprising results.

My preference is to clean and restore an original finish as furniture cleaning can produce quite surprising results.