02 May

Due to the absence of a convenient large workshop, my garden and living room were commandeered for the work (although, not without some complaints and much bemusement from my wife and children…). 

While I was able to replicate the decorative plates and handles with resin, modern upholstery studs proved an exact match for their 18th and 19th century counterparts. Nearly 1600 studs had to be applied individually, a process which took several days. 

Still, it could have been worse; Lord Nelson was buried in 1806 in a coffin decorated with ‘no less than 10,000 double gilt nails!