Just opposite Velvet Elvis (we miss you Alan Maughn) on Dumbarton Road in Partick is a double-fronted shop with fabulously upholstered chairs and stacks of pulpit bible sized fabric sample books.
It’s been 10 years since I wrote about the women in Dovetails who use their skills as French polishers and upholsterers to love tired pieces of furniture back to life; the velvet striped Parker Knoll in the window being a perfectly executed example.
Back then, Dovetails had a smaller shop a few doors down and self-deprecatingly described their craft as therapy more than anything else; but they were bloody good at what they did.
I wish I still had that Herald magazine piece on file so that I could go into the same intricate detail of their lives and work, but their website states that Dovetails does French polishing, cane work, furniture repair, upholstery, original artworks by Lizzi Lockhart, furniture restoration and traditional upholstery classes
When I was passing this morning, I almost hesitated before going in. Yes our paths had occasionally crossed over the years, but I would probably have to remind them who I was. But not only did they still have The Herald cutting, they even had a framed canvas of the accompanying photo.
I can’t remember which staff photographer took it but they did a cracking job of capturing four women in different variations of denim, smiling and leaning against one another with the tools of their trade.
Today they are busier than ever. When the feature first appeared, they had to close the shop for a day as they were inundated with customers beating a path to their door with tired and emotional pieces of furniture
In between furniture CPR, Lizzi Lockhart is as prolific an artist as ever, and when I was in the shop this morning, I was drawn to a wooded landscape in tailor’s chalk and varnish.
No sooner had I admired it than Lizzi was signing the work and sealing it in envelope. I am delighted with it for so many reasons. At the risk of sounding overly sentimental, there is a special atmosphere in Dovetails where it’s not only the furniture that comes out restored, and it’s no surprise that a dovetail joint is noted for its resistance to being pulled apart.
dovetails-glasgow.co.uk 567 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G11 6HU
- 0141 339 7878