About me

On leaving formal education, I embarked on a four year full time course in furniture restoration at the London College of Furniture, on completion of the course I successfully gained the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Antique Furniture Restoration.  I commenced my early career working for two London based furniture restorers, from the experience of working for them, I gained valuable experience in the commercial and varied world of this interesting and diverse trade.

In the pursuit of improving my skills,  I took employment with a prestigious Kent based furniture restoration business.  Enjoying twenty years of employment, progressing to foreman.

In 2008, I decided I had developed the necessary skills and experience to embark on my life ambition of opening my own traditional restoration workshop.   This I have successfully achieved working in the beautiful village of Shoreham, in the Darenth Valley.

Home_WaterAlthough my fundamental skill remains the restoration of furniture, including cabinet work, polishing, veneering, clock and barometer cases, picture and mirror frames. Increasingly over recent years my clients have requested to have their treasured pieces of furniture converted to fit in with modern day living.  This may involve the altering of furniture, for example reducing the width of a chest of drawers, tables and even altering furniture to take on another use.  As a skilled cabinet maker this is something I am willing to do sympathetically and with confidence, discussing and advising with the client the most appropriate method of such an undertaking.neilWakelingWorksop1






I have recently been involved in an extensive window restoration project for a client of a private stately home.   My past period home conservation contracts for clients have included porches, internal and external doors, windows, staircases and fireplaces.


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I recognise that some pieces have sentimental  value not just financial, therefore I am equally willing to undertake small repairs, polishing and even replicating missing components.  I undertake all these tasks using traditional and modern techniques as required.

I am happy to discuss your individual requirements and offer my expertise and knowledge as to the most appropriate and complementary form of restoration.

I have a comprehensive team of skilled crafts persons and suppliers whom I can call upon, including upholsterers, horologists, gilders, caners, rushers, leather manufacturers, glaziers and suppliers of period fittings.


– Clients    Who treasure, enjoy and want to preserve treasured family heirlooms or special pieces with sentimental value.

– Leeds Castle

– Museums

– Embassies in the UK and abroad

– Authorities

– Prestigious Antique & Contemporary furniture dealers.

– Privately run Estates

My philosophy has always been to exceed my clients expectations and to enable them to continue using their furniture. After 35 years, this is still my passion!




BAFRA is The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association, it is a national organisation of craftsmen engaged in furniture conservation and restoration and was founded in 1979 … read more here

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