Restoration of John Snetzler pipe organ case and carvings for Clare college Cambridge, England.
The mahogany pipe shade taken apart for cleaning and re-gluing.
A matching piece of mahogany is inserted.
The shaping process can follow using the other side of the pipe shade as guidance.
Carving and matching up the repair
John Snetzler organ builder and his brother Leonard built and carved this instrument in 1755. Natives of Switzerland, the brothers came to England where John set up his workshop in London, there they built many pipe organs for Britain and their colonies in America.
Chamber organs were important part of eighteenth-century Georgian interiors and many architects incorporated these musical instruments very well into their own designs, John Snetzler and Robert Adam architect had worked together.
The organ case and pipe shades are of mahogany. The material in use for matching up the repairs were sourced from a period Georgian furniture.