Originally Posted by E,TF
I'll take some photos some time.
One of the restorers I know, who's also a cabinet maker, does proper french polishing but says it's a real bitch because his workshop generally has loads of saw dust floating around in the air, which is your worst enemy when french polishing. So he has to spring clean the place, then do nothing at all in there for a while to let everything settle, before he can start polishing. I guess all that gets worked into the price.
He's got some nice stuff. Just about having an eye for what your clients will like. Being able to take a decent photo helps. This is another I like - http://www.milesgriffithsantiques.co.uk/
Most certainly, it dries rather quickly, but I imagine the result of a light breeze flowing through the shop would bring tears to your eyes when you see the dust speckles on your work, especially at the final burnishing stage.
I've tried my hand at it, and while I did have some success I found it to be a hellish process.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
I enjoyed reading the preceding 30-40 posts but this talk always leaves me so confused and conflicted.
Design is one of those things, IMO, that the aesthetic you enjoy is something that will be tough to deviate from even as you become confused by trend.
As far as I attempt to go I always wind up right back where I started. Enjoying what first became enjoyable to me.