We are made by history
Hello, I’m Andy Blundell. I’m a furniture restorer and conservator based in beautiful Cumbria, near the historic market town of Penrith. Along with my small team of highly trained and passionate antiques and interiors restorers, I carry out a variety of restoration work across the north of England and Scotland. No job is too big or too small.
I have been working in furniture restoration and interior conservation for over 30 years. I began my career as an apprentice at a furniture restorers in Essex after completing a cabinet making course at Harlow College.
From the very beginning I loved working on the restoration of furniture. I have always had a keen interest in history, so being able to work on things that have age and a story to tell – as well as connecting with the people who’ve owned them and continue to do so – it’s a privilege.
The great art of life
I love being a furniture restorer. It’s something that comes very naturally to me. I think my affection for old objects and fine furniture allows me to form a strong connection with the work that I do, and to the people I do it for. To me, there is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than being able to breathe new life into broken, damaged or dilapidated pieces or places that deserve to be seen and enjoyed for years to come.
Prior to starting my own business, I worked for a variety of restoration workshops in the south of England and London. There I worked at the highest levels of restoration and conservation for some of the most prestigious clients, antique dealers and heritage projects.
I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in the restoration of some truly magnificent historical buildings. One of my fondest memories is working on the furniture and floor of The Room at John Murray’s Publishing House in London. The Room, where Byron and Shelley first met.
I'm a rebel with a cause
I also worked in Australia for a number of years as a conservator on some of the most important Australian National Trust sites, including Old and New Parliament House, St Andrew’s Cathedral and the National War Memorial.
On my return to the UK, I decided to start my own furniture restoration and conservation business. A business that would allow me to offer a more personalised service, while also giving me the freedom choose the kinds of projects I work on – the ones that really speak to me.
I think I can safely say that I have achieved what I set out to do and built something truly special. My clients know they can trust me. They know I will care about their precious objects, interiors or heirlooms just as much as they do, and that I’ll always do my best to exceed their expectations.
As a fully accredited member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA), I am part of a nationwide organisation of craftsmen and women committed to upholding the highest standards in furniture restoration and conservation.
My passion for restoration, history and antiques isn’t just a career for me, it’s a lifestyle. Even in my spare time, if I’m not riding my motor bike or watching live music, you’ll find me with my trusty torch looking under benches in churches or exploring historical buildings in search of medieval graffiti (a favourite obsession of mine).
I also spend a great deal of time ferreting around garage sales and car boot fairs looking for forgotten treasure and random items of kitsch to decorate my home or the homes of my clients.