About Buddy Floyd
Whether it’s a precious antque needing restoration, a consultation as to the authenticity of a period piece, the preservation of an architectural detail of your home or historic building or other restorative enterprise, you can utilize my services as a master cabinetmaker.
Over the past 36 years I have established a reputation nationally as one of the leading authorities on 18th and 19th century period recreations and the restoration of antiques. During this time I have mastered carving, gilding, turnung, inlay, joinery, furniture design, period interiors, French polishing, and finishing. I am also skilled in designing, producing, and restoring period architectural details such as communion rails, baptismal fonts, doors, windows, mantels, and stairs.
I began my apprenticeship with the late Robert G. Emmitt, one of the nation’s leading authorities on period furniture. After more than six years of study with Mr. Emmitt, I continued my education at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in North Carolina; also informally at museums throughout the U.S. to study firsthand the design and joinery techniques of leading cabinetmakers of the past. I have restored antiques for three museums in Tennessee – Maybry-Hazen House, Blount Mansion, and Fort Louden State Historical Site – as well as for many private individuals.
My philosophy is to return each piece to what the cabinetmaker originally intended, with minimal intrusion. The new 1500 foot studio with 10′ ceilings along with the latest dust and climate control equipment in Flag Pond, Tennessee enables this return for antiques of all conditions. From recreating a false drawer and returning the original finish to a Civil War period dresser to replacing door panels, mouldings, and muttons to a fine corner cupboard, my services return these antiques to their original intent. It is my thorough understanding of the systems by which these period pieces were designed and built that makes my restorations thorough, attentive, and historically correct.