A craftsman or an artist?
If we look at restorer as an artist - we're right. If we look at restorer as a skilled craftsman ... we're right too. This profession combines artistic sensibility, knowledge of historical styles and craft skills, like hardly any other. Really experienced restorer was blessed with a considerable sense of beauty and reverence not only a noble material, with which works, but especially to the author. After all, he must empathize with that thing and intention.
However how much is changing person's needs and desires for the last, say, two hundred years, the materials and processes for the renovation remain the same. For several centuries, gloss on antique furniture is formed by French polish. French polish gives grandeur aristocratic and middle class equipments, but the origin of the French polishes have not so noble. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. It´s not surprise that energy expended by human and nature is all around us. Connections and construction will not last for many years, but why? Well, we are against nature again. There is not even a drop of chemistry in today's world and our restorer knows how to do, how to cook this long neglected binder and unite what has to stick together. Figuratively speaking, he isn´t unite only two pieces of matter, but also two worlds - the past one with that today.
Do not forget the painting, the proud and somewhat neglected specializations today. Do you remember the picture from your childhood, how you fascinated face of a proud lady and the dog which she is holding in her arms? The dog seemed more white, but today he looks like as apricot and even the lady somehow more smiling and the cheeks were pink and whole impression was shaped by tones chiming clock in the beautiful gilt frame? Do you want to experience that atmosphere again? Restorer really gets back time, and you can smell fresh paint and listen to tunes of playing watches again.
Let's give our favorite furniture, painting or watches recovery. Let´s give restorer time to evaluate his work. Let´s give ourself the wonderful experience of joy and rediscovered the beauty of times long gone.