Historic Samuel Wait Secretary

The former Objects Curator at the NC Museum of Art referred a client to me to work on a historically significant piece.  It is a desk/secretary that belonged to the founder of Wake Forest University as well as the town of Wake Forest.  That dates back to around 1830 when he came to the area as a Baptist Minister and founded the town and school. His name was Samuel Wait.   I just had it delivered to my shop today and want to keep a good log of the work.   The Secretary came from a home in Wake Forest and will be moved to a descendant of Samuel Wait who lives in Raleigh after it is completed.   Ultimately, the piece will likely be donated to the museum.


I'll be adding images of the different stages of restoration and repair for this beautiful piece.

These are the first photos as the Secretary came in.

Four months later, work on the Secretary has been completed.  This is a historically significant piece and it was restored using sympathetic restoration and conservation techniques as much as possible.  After cleaning and repairs, including numerous veneer splices, structural repairs, and correction of some incorrect early repairs the Secretary was shellacked by hand, and then hand rubbed and waxed.  All hardware was removed, cleaned, and lacquered.  The lock sets were removed, cleaned, and repaired.