"Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest." Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

 

Family History

 

My family have been restoring wood since the start of the last century.

 

My great Grandfather and Grandfather, who inspired and helped to teach me were both French Polishers the tradition only skipping my mothers generation.

 

My History

 

I have been wood finishing for over twenty five years since the age of fifteen where my first job was working through the night with my Grandfather stripping and reliming the oak waiter stands in the then named Palm Court Restaurant (now called The Terrace Grill & Bar) of Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel.

 

I still remember the excitement of working at night and getting paid a whole fifty pounds, which was generous for a fifteen year old in 1986. I carried on studying and went to University where I read materials engineering and afterwards gained experience in a number of different jobs before returning to wood finishing.

 

After working for most of London's largest and best respected wood finishing companies I branched out on my own around 1996, soon after I specialised in flooring, although I still regularly undertake antique and architectural work. I have worked on many of London's most distinctive and famous listed buildings and in some of the top offices and homes in London, the home counties and around the country, I am as happy working in a small ex council flat as I am in a multi million pound palace or stately home, the quality of work I produce or price I charge, like my pride, doesn't change according to my surroundings.

 

I am a graduate of The London School of Furniture with City and Guilds certificates in both Wood Finishing and Antique Restoration.

 

The people whom I employ

 

I undertake most of the work myself but when required call on the help of a few highly experienced colleagues who are experts in either restoration, floor sanding, floor laying or French polishing. They work with me, not for me and all take great pride in their work. Many have been working with wood for several decades having studied at The London School of Furniture too.

 

 

London South Address

 

Newell Woodworks

12 Goodwyns Place

Dorking RH4 2AW

 

Tel: 07967 157605

Email: tajnewell@gmail.com

London North Address

 

Newell Woodworks

57 Greenway Close

Friern Barnet N11 3NS

 

Tel: 07967 157605

Email: tajnewell@gmail.com