The Workshop

Situated at 19 Victoria Lane, Mile End, Andrew’s purpose built workshop incorporates state of the art security systems for the protection of clients’ valuable pieces.

The equipment level of the workshop facilitates the restoration of the most difficult projects, including those turned away by other restorers.

About the Workshop

The finest tools and equipment ensure the highest quality finish and the manufacture of replacement parts, whether it be simply a missing knob, foot, or even a replacement dining table top.
The workshop also contains metal working equipment for the repair and reproduction of parts such as hinges, handles and fittings, as well as for welding and metal-plating.

About Us

Upon completing his apprenticeship with bespoke Manchester furniture makers Ashton Leach & Cumberbirch in 1947, my dad Brian Roberts went into the furniture restoration business, which, upon marrying my mum Irene became CB&I Roberts French Polishers. In 1981 I had commenced a 4 year apprenticeship as a French Polisher, attending trade school at Gilles Plains Tafe. During this period the restoration of antiques formed the bulk of the work load for clients such as John Richards Antiques, The Parade, Norwood. With dad retiring in 1995 I formerly took over the family business.

In 2000 I was approached by Tafe SA with an offer of position as part-time lecturer on Furniture Restoration. The post required not only hands-on practical skills but also an academic understanding of furniture and the history of furnishings, important for an accurate, trustworthy assessment of every piece including age, origin, historical relevance, modifications and forgery identification.

Workshop Gallery

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