After completing a five year apprenticeship in Cabinet Making, Rod moved his career into the Care and Conservation of Antique furniture, working for some years in a small restoration business outside Diss.
Realising that to progress and feed his passion for antiques he would have to go back to college he secured a much sort after place at the then foremost West Dean College in West Sussex. Once there Rod learnt the time honoured methods of restoring sometimes what would seem the impossible under the guidance of tutors well versed in the skills of furniture restoration. West Dean's reputation within the trade was second to none. Top London dealers sent high quality items for restoration and the Victoria and Albert Museum had strong connections with the college at that time. Rod learnt much about the history of English furniture the periods, great makers and architects whose furniture has been sort after through generations of collectors.
After leaving West Dean, some 27 years ago, Rod established his own business in Norfolk (1983) where he is still restoring and conserving furniture of all types. His great love is early Walnut and Mahogany dating from 1790. Through the years he has specialised in regency brass inlaid furniture re-cutting and relaying brass that has been lost or lifted on furniture, also specialist repairs to Tunbridge ware in which most designs are built up from tiny mosaic or geometric patterns this can be very difficult at times to re-instate. Longcase clock cases and clock cases of all types and sizes are restored, it's a rare occasion that the workshop is void of clock cases or barometers.
In more recent years Rod has also taken on some unusual commissions in the form of Architectural Interior Polishing which you can see more of on the page devoted to this subject. Rod has always made the odd one off bespoke piece of furniture combining proportion learnt from working with unique antique furniture with his ability to hand polish.
Rod Larwood is a small business which prides itself in giving a first class service to all of its clients.
Top Picture - Rod finishing a card table which has marquetry inlay circa. 1790.
Bottom Picture - Rod hard at work in his workshop repairing a chair.