I bought my first microscope, a Cooke Troughton and Simms, in 1994 while studying for a biology degree. In 2000 the microscope was damaged, and my decision to repair it started me on a new path. I became increasingly interested in the engineering, craftsmanship and beauty of microscopes and I have now developed a unique set of skills.
After extensive research and experimentation, I have been able to recreate original lacquer recipes using authentic ingredients and have become skilled at restoring old pieces to their former glory. All the lacquer I use is freshly made by me, by hand, on site. I don't buy in any lacquer and I don't use modern nitrocellulose lacquers.
Because I love microscopes, I restore them sensitively and sympathetically. I don't produce over-polished monsters devoid of character.
Where necessary, new parts can be made. Worn racks and pinions can be replaced as well as lost screws and focus knobs.
See the links below for more information and pictures.
For regular updates from my workshop please see my blog, there is a link to it at the top right of the page. In my blog I show works in progress as well as experiments I am undertaking.