An example of one of Duke’s restoration projects was an intricate repair job for a famous Scottish castle where an elaborate over mantel had been severely damaged by fire.
Duke’s work involved carefully removing the charred oak and replacing it with new.
In doing so, Duke had to create an exact replica to match the existing undamaged side.
The entire piece was intricately carved by hand using traditional carving tools and techniques.
Here you can see the new restoration work before it was coloured and polished to match the original surfaces.
Finally the magnificent over-mantel at home in its full glory.