Michael Bonella's Profile

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A long time ago when I first started work I used to help my father who was an apprentice upholsterer in London for Maples. We together made some chairs, Victorian balloon backs, and he taught me how to French polish after which I wanted to do antique cabinet work. I have worked in that capacity for a fair list of employers, eventually to made made redundant for the last time. I still am an apprentice nonetheless after all, not having served the formal version; working for myself I can choose the work I like. I make these items though preferring to make the full scale version but circumstances impose their limitations. So I will always be an apprentice but I certainly enjoy a customer who is pleased with the miniature chest or bureau or whatever piece of work I have produced.
I endeavour further to do produce better examples of antique cabinet making all the time, a trade of my own choosing I am not easily content.

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  • Born on September 17
  • Joined February 2, 2012

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wood, veneer, metals

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About

A long time ago when I first started work I used to help my father who was an apprentice upholsterer in London for Maples. We together made some chairs, Victorian balloon backs, and he taught me how to French polish after which I wanted to do antique cabinet work. I have worked in that capacity for a fair list of employers, eventually to made made redundant for the last time. I still am an apprentice nonetheless after all, not having served the formal version; working for myself I can choose the work I like. I make these items though preferring to make the full scale version but circumstances impose their limitations. So I will always be an apprentice but I certainly enjoy a customer who is pleased with the miniature chest or bureau or whatever piece of work I have produced.
I endeavour further to do produce better examples of antique cabinet making all the time, a trade of my own choosing I am not easily content.

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