Re-webbing the drop in seat The original horse hair pad re-used Cotton felt for comfort The calico layer is completed The underside of the drop in seat The completed drop in seat in position The completed corner fold Looking stately after completion Side view after completion Looking beautiful after reupholstery and polishing

Techniques Used in This Project

Traditional Upholstery Traditional upholstery
French Polishing Polishing

A Scottish Arts & Crafts Carver


This old Glasgow Arts & Crafts carver chair needed the drop in seat renewed and a thorough clean and repolish.


The wood was washed and a reviver applied. It was then traditionally polished and waxed for a satin smooth finish, making the arms very tactile.


The upholstery on the drop in seat was removed and new webbing and hessian added. The original horsehair was washed and re-used to create a comfortable seat. This layer was covered with cotton felt and calico with a final cover of beautiful hard-wearing antique Harris Tweed which had been kept for years to be used on the right piece.