The Barnton Hotel Restoration Project in Edinburgh brought an empty and abandoned hotel back to life. The building had been empty for years until it was transformed into residential flats and care home.
2014 certainly proved to be a very busy year for me. I was commissioned to replace much of the exterior specialist joinery by Page/Park Architects in Glasgow along with CCG Scotland Ltd, the contactors. There was a lot to do because most of the detailed joinery was beyond restoration or saving.
1. View of gable and tower, former Barnton Hotel.
2. Decorative gable truss, finials and soffit posts
3. Finials, gable trusses, drop finals and balusters
Replica joinery, finials, trusses and soffit posts, made from reclaimed timber
Finial, with nice new leadwork
Turned hardwood balusters
7. Pendant finial in workshop
8. Pendant finial, painted and fitted.
9. Elaborate pendant finial, in reclaimed Scots Pine
The Restoration Work
I made replacement finials and pendant finials in reclaimed Scots Pine. All were turned by hand using original surviving joinery as templates. I used new red wood to make the decorative gable trusses and soffit posts, again copied from surviving originals. The exterior balustrading and handrails were made from hardwood. A few of the original balusters survived and only needed simple restoration work.
All my work for the restoration was carried out in my workshop, while the contactors fitted all the joinery themselves on site.
We did some research too. The original colour for the paintwork came from a hand tinted postcard from 1905 which we found online. This colour was used for the final finish !
All exterior images above courtesy of Sylvia D’Arcy.
These spindles in reclaimed pitch-pine were hand turned to match an original Victorian pattern for a clients house extension, and are an example of the architectural woodturning I often get asked to do. They are now ready to be dispatched to the client who can complete another stage in their building project.
The pitch-pine I used was very well seasoned and a perfect match for the original wood. It was reclaimed from 200 year old beams salvaged from a demolished mill. The client gave me an original spindle to use as the template. Once the spindles were turned I gave them a thin coat of lacquer to seal them. It won’t take long before the colour blends nicely with the original staircase in the clients house.
I can also make balusters like this in oak, Douglas fir, mahogany or another timber to suit the client.