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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Antique Restoration Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – Artisan Restorers for Antique, Furniture, Joinery, Art, Musical, Car, Horse Drawn, Transport & Technology Repair, Refurbishment and Restoration

Our Brisbane restoration specialists are renown, accredited and recommended. Antique Restoration Brisbane – Established since 1983pf, this trusted car, technology, joinery, art, antique, and furniture restoration business and restorer company workshop is conveniently located. Our trusted, highly skilled Brisbane restorers and insurance claim, damage repair service providers cover Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions.

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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Antique Restoration Brisbane – Experienced, restoration specialist mastercraftsmen and artisans restore, refurbish and repair wood, timber, leather, metal, glass, porcelain, fabric, cane, fibre, stone, and shell. Restorations, repairs and refurbishments by GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen and artisans will maximise the value and longevity of your treasured investments.

To keep costs down we offer preliminary free estimates from photos. Please send your photos and contact details now. Txt with photo attachments to our email address. Clients may opt to make an appointment to bring their item to our repair and restoration workshop. Alternatively, we can provide a quote visit or pickup and delivery service for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clients with items requiring repairing, restoring and refurbishing.

Restoration Services and Materials

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are restoration, refurbishment and repair specialists. We are renown, recommended and approved service providers for a great multitude of international and national insurance companies and insurance assessors, conservation, (AICCM), antique and art, (AAADA), building (QMBA and QBCC) authorities and prestigious, luxury networks. We offer a great variety of restoration services, repair services and refurbishment services. This includes a quick fix or repair, conservation, full restoration, or sympathetic restoration. Sympathetic restoration is the careful process of retaining the piece’s originality to the maximum extent possible, so that visually it appears original, and the materials and methods to achieve this effect are the same as those utilised and practiced by the original maker. We can replicate and reproduce parts and finishes, and do reproductions of whole items to match with suites or sets. No matter how large or small the task, we are happy to assist. We go to great lengths to obtain the correct, rare materials, and have a collection and networks to draw from. We are renown for authentic materials and traditional, time honoured methods of restoration and conservation.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – Gary Olsson is a highly reputable designer, and timber, veneer, gold and leather specialist. Since the 1980s he’s been engaged as interior, furniture and artifact designer, antique restorer and conservator, cabinetmaker, furniture maker, chair maker, joiner, glazier, leather, baise and fabric worker, gilder, carver, turner, ebeniste’, marqueteur, parqueteur, locksmith, polisher, faux finisher, blacksmith, metal and armoury restorer, mechanical, machinery and steam engine restorer. For projects requiring skills and materials from allied businesses, Gary manages the collaborative projects from start to finish, taking full responsibility for quality and adherence to authentic, sympathetic restoration codes of conduct.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Restoration Specialists

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen supply cabinetmaking, joinery and restoration expertise as well as a host of allied services. GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are restoration specialist who offer traditional, specialty and rare skills and services – wood restorationwood carving, woodturning, wood restorers, repairing wood, wooden restoration, wooden furniture repair, repair wood, timber restorer, repair timber, timber restoring, refurbish timber, wood stripping, wood preservation, restoration timber; veneer and inlay restorationmarquetry, parquetry, inlay restoration, veneer repairs; metal restoration – clean, treat corrosion, polish, inlays, ormolu mounts, highlight, lacquer, cast, blacksmith, brass, steel, silver, nickel, tin, cast iron, micro-engineering; locksmith – antique and vintage lock servicing, antique and reproduction keys, key cutting, lock, window latch and door furniture restoration; cane restoration and weaving – hand woven cane, wicker, rattan, rush seats, split cane, bamboo, bindings, Danish cord, seagrass, raffia, fibre, repair, restoration, refinishing, painting; glass and mirror restoration – replace, reproduce, bevel, leadlight, stained glass, ornamental glass, venetian glass, resilvering and resilvering alternatives; relining fabric and baise inlay – felt lined, fabric lining, baise inlay, card table felt inlay, baise inlay for card tables, cutlery drawer lining, cutlery canteen lining; porcelain and statue restoration – plate, vase, table lamp and ornament repair and restoration, ivory repair; stone restoration – stone and marble restoration, inlays, stonemason, marble, onyx, slate, clean, buff and refinish, pietra dura restoration; shell restoration – tortoiseshell, boule or boulle inlay, mother of pearl inlay.

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Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Traditional Upholsterers

Upholstery restoration – Traditional Upholsterers – traditional upholstery methods and materials, reupholstery, upholstery, re-upholster with sprung seats, diamond buttoning, stitched edges, webbing, introductions to Brisbane’s premier leather and fabric houses.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are French Polishers and Faux Finishers

French polish restoration – French polishing – hand French polishing, repolishing, French polisher, touch up, cut back and wax, shellac, premium lacquer, ebonised, japanned, faux finish, wax, painted furniture, pictorial hand painted furniture and interiors.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Traditional Gilders

Gilding restoration – gilt restorations, leather gilding, gild in 22ct gold, Dutch gold and synthetic gilt crèmes, mirror gilding, picture frame gilding, gilded furniture, gilding ornaments, gilt architectural features, gold lettering for honour boards.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson are Approved Service Providers for Insurance Claims

Insurance restoration work – Insurance estimate – insurance quote, insurance claim for damage or loss, approved repairer, approved service provider, emergency removal and storage, accidental damage, replacement of lost items or parts, transport damage, repair transit damage, repair water damage, storm damage restoration, flood damage restoration, mould damage restoration, fire damage restoration, pet damage repair.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Nationally Accredited Conservation Specialists

Conservation – conservator. Conserving antique clock, artifact, furniture and architectural features. Conservation specialists for timber, leather, metal, cane, and glass objects. Conservation for heritage listed buildings, museums, galleries and private collections and residences.

Antique Restoration Brisbane – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Leather Restoration Specialists

Leather restoration – leather restorers, leather refurbishment, leather repair, leather colour matching, leather nourishing, leather embossing, leather restitching, leather panels, leather covering, leather lining, leather relining, reinforcing leather.

Gold embossed leather inlays – gilded leather, desk inlays, writing box leather inlays, writing bureau leather inlays, Bonheur du jour leather inlays, bookshelf edging, leather shelf edging.

Restorers Brisbane – Items Restored

Traditionally and authentically, GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen and artisans repair, restore and refurbish rare, superlative, antique, vintage, period, heirloom and collection items:

  • Furniture – Heirloom & Antique – Oriental, Scandinavian, Regency, French, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Early Australian/ Queensland, Post WWII, ecclesiastical, cane, sewing, music, cellar, display, built in, leather
  • Furniture – High Value – mansion & prestige, fine & gallery, cane, executive & boardroom, leather
  • Prestige & Mansion Joinery – cellar, library, timber kitchen, built in, outbuildings, stables, gate and fence, antique room, timber doors and windows, architrave, column, wall panel – leather, wall panel – timber veneer, stairs, balustrade, hand rail, fireplace, lift, intricate joinery, floor inlay
  • Leather – hand bags, luggage, case, wall panels, deskware, tableware, furniture, box, chest, artefact, shelf edging
  • Display & Memorial – display furniture, display box, display case, wall display frame, leather display pads, solander box, australiana display, glass domes, convex framing, rug hangers, memorial display, honour board, keepsake box, hidden compartments and safes
  • Clock
  • Box – tea caddy, cutlery canteen, writing box, jewellery box, cosmetic box, chest & trunk, glory box/ hope chest
  • Frame – picture, mirror, display
  • Art – photography, portrait, painting, sculpture, wood, porcelain, stone, marble, slate, glass
  • Artefact – jewellery, weaponry, utilitarian, Oriental, indigenous
  • Signs & Plaques – traditional signs, house signs, place signs, plaques
  • Sewing Machine – sewing table, sewing cabinet, victorian work table
  • Lighting – Candleholders/ Candelabra, Electrical Lamps, Gas and Kerosene lamps, shades and lanterns, carriage lights, vintage car lights
  • Music – music box, piano, pianola, organ, gramophone, phonograph, stereo, radiogram, radio, musical instrument cases, music furniture
  • Armour – gun, sword, weapon, armour, shield, military items, display cabinet, chainmail
  • Rocking Horse – toys, rocker, scooter, rocking horse
  • Vintage Technology – telephone, typewriter, camera, scales, cash register, safes, padlocks, and locks, scientific instruments, barometer
  • Rural and Industrial – steam engine, stationary engine, windmill, harness and saddler, rural equipment, tools and equipment
  • Household & Collectibles – household items, personal items, personal grooming items, silverware, walking sticks, fireplace items
  • Games – chess, card table, games table
  • Sports – rackets, bats, equipment, trophy
  • Prestige and Vintage Transport – bicycle, horse drawn vehicles, car, truck, bus, train, super yacht, jet

Why you should invest in restoration

For you to choose to invest in restoration, an item must be highly prized, or have inherent, heirloom or sentimental value, either now or in the foreseeable future. It may also be worth repairing and refurbishing if it is one of a suite or set. The refurbishment may be covered by insurance, in the case of loss or accidental damage claims. Though the cashflow burden and cost of restoration is significant in the short term, remember the items are typically quite unique and well made in the first instance. Remember the true saying: “They don’t make ‘em like they used to!” The longevity attained by traditional, authentic repair and conservation is far superior to modern, mass produced, imported alternatives, regardless of the purchase price or designer label. Modern alternatives may cost less in the short term, however, over your lifetime, you are better off investing in restoration of your treasured assets, to the maximum extent your budget allows. The value of antiques is relatively low at present, so there is no better time to buy. Remember, one reason the value of vintage and antique items is low, is because it is understood that they require investment in their restoration. We all know stories where people bought old items at low cost years ago, to be rewarded today as they become unique, high value, prized items. In the 21st century, unprecedented, large sums of money are invested in modern cars, Hi Fi and IT gadgets which are here today then gone tomorrow. The rapid decline in their value and condition is astonishing. By comparison, restored items have lasted a century and will last another century, being well worth restoring into the future. The reduce, reuse and recycle decree of the 1970s is even more important in the 21st century. Restoration, refurbishment and repair is environmentally friendly and socially responsible, as a meaningful way to reduce, reuse and recycle. The more original the item, by restoring with authentic, recycled or repaired parts, the more valuable it is. Finally, it is noteworthy, that you get far more aesthetically pleasing, unique, intricate and ornate ornamentation and quality in vintage and antique items, compared to modern items with the same price tag.

Renown Restoration Specialists

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, can assist with repairing, refurbishing and restoring all types of antique, vintage, luxury and valued items:

Transport Restoration – Car, Truck, Bus, Train, Jet, Superyacht

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are restorers of intricate decorative features, built ins, panels and parts for vintage, classic and prestige cars and other transport – Timber, veneer, ornate metal and leather restoration work.

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Styles & Periods

Renown restoration specialists, GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, can assist with restoration of items from Australian and European styles and eras. In particular, English and French, but also German, Dutch, Scandinavian and Spanish styles and eras. We have a lot of experience in Asian (especially Chinese and Chinoiserie), American, and to a lesser degree Pacific styles and eras.

Architectural features, intricate joinery, furniture, frames, clocks, boxes,transport vehicles or collectables can be authentically, replicated or restored.

In the rare situation that we are unfamiliar with a style or item, we would do initial research and collaboration to ensure an appropriate, authentic restoration in each instance.

Early Australian and Queensland

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of early Queensland and Early Australian furniture, buildings (Colonial, Victorian, Federation eras and international styles), outbuildings, and collectables.

Restoration of furniture from local designers including LJ Harvey, Harvey Bros, Rosenstengel, Bell Bros, FH Burns and Trittons.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of English furniture, ornate joinery and architectural features, boxes, clocks, frames, artefacts and collectables from the various periods of decorative arts – Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I, George II, George III, Regency, George IV, William IV, Victorian, Arts and Craft, Edwardian, Liberty.

Restoration of English furniture from the old master designers, Chippendale, Adams, and Hepplewhite.

French & French Provincial

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of French furniture and French provincial furniture, clocks, frames and artefacts – Louis XIV, Règence, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Republic, Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis Philippe, Second Republic, Napoleon III, Third Republic.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of oriental – Chinese furniture and artefacts, Chinoiserie furniture and artefacts, Japanese furniture and artefacts, Indian furniture and artifacts, Asian furniture and artifacts.

European and American

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of European & North American items – Dutch, German, Biedermeier, European, Scandinavian, American and Multicultural – Intricate architectural joinery, furniture, clocks, artefacts and collectables.

Ecclesiastical and Multi-denominational Religions

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of Ecclesiastical and Multi-denominational items – Intricate architectural joinery, furniture and religious artefacts and statues for cathedrals, churches, temples and mosques.

Modern and Contemporary

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of Modern and Contemporary items – Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern and Post WWII, and gallery furniture and designer furniture, intricate joinery for mansions, prestigious estates, buildings and outbuildings.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Antique Restoration Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – Artisan Restorers for Antique, Furniture, Joinery, Art, Musical, Car, Horse Drawn, Transport & Technology Repair, Refurbishment and Restoration