Harpers Ferry District Women’s Club welcomed a vintage furniture restorer recently, who demonstrated how to correctly refurbish an antique table.
Around 20 members of the society turned up to the demonstration in West Virginia, along with some male guests to learn how to restore antique furniture without damaging it. Members of the club meet once a month, except in the summer months of June, July, and August. During these meetings, educational programmes take place, like the recent one on restoration.
At the event, John Mark Power demonstrated how to restore an American Empire card table, made in the 1840s. To clean and wax the table, Power used fine steel wool, odourless mineral spirits, cheesecloth, and white vinegar. He initially removed the old finish, before applying a coating of wax. During the demonstration, Power gave instructions on what to use, how to apply the materials, and some tips for would-be restorers.
Power learned his trade in Purcellville, Virginia, whilst working alongside a cabinet maker. In 2009, he started his own workshop, working from his home. He offers 17 services, all connected to the restoration of furniture, including antiques.
According to the co-president of the club, Shirley Caniford, there are around 50 members of the Harpers Ferry District Women’s Club, which will have been around for 100 years in June this year.
Although some people are happy to attempt the restoration of antique furniture, it is preferable to seek the advice of a professional restorer if you are unsure of how to proceed. Perhaps the guests at the lecture would be able to practice on antique dining chairs .