Master Craftsmanship

Culling from his European education at the world-renowned École Boulle in Paris, Carter's approach to woodworking and furniture conservation is simple: less is more. However, executing this approach in woodworking and furniture and decorative arts takes the highest level of craftsmanship and knowledge.

"You need to study every piece, find out what it is, and what is the least you can do to restore it, make it healthy again," says Carter. "The tricky part is knowing where to start and when to stop to retain and magnify the soul of the piece."

Because all furniture is different - each aging in varied environments with different use patterns - each piece requires a focused individualized approach to bring it back to its purest, most brilliant form. The one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach will not work.

"Many restorers strip fine furniture down way too far, making it look completely new. This not only devalues the furniture but erases the history and essence of the piece -- you can never get that back. That's not my approach. First and foremost, a properly conserved piece of furniture should look and feel natural and organic. You want to sense its history, feel it's story.

That is the art of genuine fine furniture conservation."

Carter's traditional European education and over 20 years of experience assures the exact right of conservation to return antique furniture and decorative arts back to their genuine luster and beauty.

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