Classic Rod Restoration
by Paul Fischer
My finish work reflects close to 40 years of experience in my restoration career. Rods don't leave here until they're perfect.
I use Belding Corticelli silk that was purchased years ago and the silk is in perfect shape. I have over 100 spools and also have the color sticks I made up to make the silk match easier. Depending on your needs I will use either shellac as a color preserver that gives the wraps a more "antique" look after varnishing, or color preserver, that holds the silk true to color. I can also, which shows up in most of my photos, use straight varnish that holds true to the color but gives it a more translucent look. That to me is my favorite. Just let me know what you want.
My varnish work is superb. Like Thomas and Thomas I varnish the blanks first and then do the wraps. My varnish work on the wraps is so good you won't be able to discern where the varnish starts or ends on the blank. Just like T&T. You have to have a very careful hand to achieve that look. I also never rush the drying time of the varnish and that will be strictly adhered to. It might take a little longer but it's worth it.
Due to the complexity of the work, my original estimates are only based on the information provided. Once I have the rod in hand I can provide a more detailed breakdown. I am happy to estimate per wrap; or a complete refinish or restoration. What's the difference between a refinish or restoration? A refinish is a major touch up and a restoration involves a complete stripping of the rod blank. The price I will decide after I see the work that needs to be done. I'm sure you'll be satisfied with what I do.