The fine art of Antique Barber Chair Restoration and repair is a life long journey.
It is filled with many twist and turns. First there is the Hunt, the calculated stalking and finally the uphoric capture and kill (buying the antique barber chair). Second there is the trip home , driving, shipping, trucking and or freight forwarding it all boils down to getting your 350lbs prey out of what ever basement, attic, storeroom or warehouse it’s been routing in for the last 70 years and into your home. All of which will require either a great deal of money or a ton of sweat equity on your part. Third there is the cleaning and prep of your bounty. The antique barber chair must be washed , skinned and disemboweled before being quartered and separated into fine groups. Bearing in mind the old saying “A place for every thing and every thing in it’s place” will serve you well.
Attention to detail is your only friend and will be a constant companion when frustration sets in. Ok now your standing in front of the giant sinkhole that’s drinking money and your biggest nightmare has come true, the Koken, Emil J. Paidar or Theo A. Kochs antique barber chair that you thought was some amazing does not pump up and down (hydraulics are shot) and your missing antique barber chair parts i.e. ankle rest, internal break and oh yes the allmighty headrest is long gone. Yes you’ve guested it your up a creek without a paddle and that’s putting it nicely. Time to spend the next 2 years hoping and waiting to find these needles in that great big haystack that we call the internet.