Barstow and Waterhouse consist of the combined skills and experiences of Philippa
Barstow and Alan
Waterhouse who run their business of furniture restoration and French polishing from their base in Cheshire.
Since having joined forces in 1988, Philippa and Alan have combined over 80 years of experience and knowledge in the areas of French polishing and furniture restoration.
They also deal with with cabinet making and upholstery and for this reason, have a lot of local craftsmen available to carry out work in the areas of expertise they do not specialise in.
With their knowledge of French polishing, they have produced the most authoritive book about French polishing to date, the 6th edition is due to be reprinted soon. There is also a companion video/DVD. All are titled "French Polishing".
Philippa began a full-time course in 1984 at the School of Furniture. The two year course was so enjoyable & educational, it turned into a three year stay at the school.
The course involved cabinet making, wood machining, upholstery, modern and traditional wood finishing.
She obtained City and Guild Craft Certificates in all disciplines, as well as Advanced City and Guilds Certificates in both modern and traditional wood finishing.
Alan began his career as a French Polisher over 60 years ago with a small family firm of French polishers as an apprentice for 7 years and was then self employed for the next 14 years.
Until 1988 he was a senior full-time lecturer in Traditional Finishing at the School of Furniture, Central Manchester College, when he re-established his French Polishing and Furniture restoration business.
We can no longer offer a mail order service but are still happy to sell to customers who wish to collect in person. Please be sure to contact us first to check we have the items and are around for you to collect them.
We are still happy to post out any non flammable items like polishing mops and wadding.