John Coffey, antique restorer in Locust Valley.
For over thirty years John Coffey has been repairing, finishing and preserving wooden objects as well as making one-of-a-kind furniture. He specializes in French polish—the application of shellac using a pad—creating a thin finish that shows wood to its best advantage. While not impervious to damage, shellac has the ability to be redissolved and reworked, making it easily restorable should it get dull or damaged. Beyond the usual repair and refinishing work, John also restores marquetry, gilding, and upholstered furniture, balancing the preservation of original materials with the need for the furniture to function and be presentable. Since transporting the furniture is as important as the restoration, he personally picks up and delivers all furniture, placing it in the home. To get started with a project, call him at (516) 676-4216 and make an appointment with him to examine the object, find out what your needs are and discuss what he can do to give your beloved antique new life. You are invited to explore the website to see more examples of his work.