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Welcome to Robert Thorpe French Polishing
Welcome to my french polishers website. I learnt french polishing from my father-in-law, a self employed french polisher who worked for many years for Lloyds Bank and who learnt his french polishing skills in the piano repair trade in London before the war. I became a french polisher when I married his daughter in 1970 and have worked in Exeter, Devon for many years. Previously I worked with fibre glass, sculptural work near Farnham in Surrey. I cover a wide spectrum of work from spraying for commercial work to stripping and refurbishing furniture; traditional french polishing and restoration work for the antique furniture trade. Nothing is to large as we are a successful family run wood working business.

Contact me for a professional, reliable and quick service. I have over 36 years of experience of french polishing and work regularly around the Exeter, Axminster, Broad Clyst, Budleigh Salterton, Collumpton, Crediton, Exminster, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Okehampton, Taunton, Tiverton, Torquay area.
A few examples:      
walnut round table walnut wooden chess table mahogony wooden mirror walnut desk with painted decoration
Burr Walnut Round Table (hand restored)
Burr Walnut Wooden Chess Set (hand made)
Mahogony Mirror (hand made)
Walnut Desk with Painted Decoration (based on a 1930s Walnut Dressing Table)
Traditional French Polishing
For the antique trade or private individual requiring restoration of veneered and solid items of furniture. From preparing the surface, applying the finish, and rubbing it out to create a classic aged furniture result. My aim is to use as little material as possible to gain the most effect. Come and see some examples at my french polishers shop at Pennies, Unit 7, 6 Marsh Green Road North, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8NY.
Commercial Wood Work
Banks, Building Societies, Pubs, Hotels, shops either as a sub contractor to shopfitters, carpenters or joinerers or direct to a client.
Private Homes
Both traditional finishes on the darker wood or modern matt or satin finishes on lighter wood. All carpentry, joinery, wood repair / restoration can be catered for.
Furniture (Antique)
From grand board room tables, grand pianos, dinning tables and chairs to the small drop leaf table for the little old lady down the road. Chests of drawers, clock cases, desks, standard pianos, solid door kitchen units and.all types of wooden furniture whether its antique or not.
Insurance Work
Either direct to the customer or through contractors such as Rainbow International who deal with organising the professional restoration of furniture due to flood damage.
Removal Damage
No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. All types of wooden furniture and antiques can be removed.
The list is endless so please don't hesitate to pickup your phone and contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to your call.
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