Erard Grand Piano

Early 19th century burr walnut Erard grand piano

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This project involved the restoration of the fretted music stand which came to me in very poor condition with large areas of loss to the fretwork.

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The work involved taking precise rubbings of the existing fretwork to make a cutting pattern for the missing sections.

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Careful selection of matching burr walnut veneer that was made up into laminated sections to correspond to the thickness of the existing fretwork.

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The cutting pattern was then glued to the face of the made up section and cut with a fret saw. Once the fretwork was cut the new sections were carefully jointed into the missing areas and levelled up to the surrounding wood.

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Finally the new sections were coloured matched to the original surface and finished with thin layers of shellac polish.

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