About RoNZ Furniture Hospital

RoNZ Furniture Hospital is located in Dannevirke, and services the lower North Island, from Napier on the East Coast to Wanganui on the West Coast, down to Wellington, and all stops in-between.

Pick up and delivery by arrangement in Palmerston North, Woodville, Dannevirke, Norsewood and Waipukurau. If you can drop-off the furniture, you will save, or we can come and pick-up your items at a reasonable cost. I have years of expertise in restoring and refinishing your furniture and will give any heirloom piece a new lease of life.

Please ring or Contact Us to discuss your requirements; I am always open to a new challenge, no matter how big or small the job may be, from a simple repair of a stool to a large four-poster bed, or a highly functional Kitchen Island Bench.

About Ron Ashford

I am an artisan woodworker, making and repairing solid-wood furniture using sustainable New Zealand timbers and exotic timbers, as well as recycled and recovered timbers.

I am an expert in antique restoration and furniture repair, and can do all manner of custom woodworking to your exacting requirements including working from your designer's plans or producing projects from your ideas.

Most orders are produced or refinished with Tung oil and wax, which once cured are food safe with nil VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals).

I have been in the furniture industry since I started an informal apprenticeship in 1965 in Portland, Oregon, USA, repairing office and commercial furniture. I worked at five different workshops, culminating at Green Furniture Hospital. Green's is the pre-eminent furniture repair and antique restoration business in Portland, since 1914.

I started my New Zealand furniture adventure as Ashfords' Gallery & Workshops at Auroa, South Taranaki in 1974. I have considerable experience under my belt.

The beds I made were well known throughout the Taranaki Region and beyond. I became known for a flair and flamboyance in design and execution, which was reflected in the furniture I was commissioned to make.

View examples of our wooden furniture repair and renovation workmanship   Before & After Photos

Today I am located in Dannevirke, and to reflect my beginnings, there has been a name change to RoNZ Furniture Hospital.

Workshops and tooling have undergone changes and upgrades, but the traditional artisan work methods are still adhered to.

I am a great believer in permanence and sustainability, I still stand by the statements I made in 1974:

“Permanence is when your grandchildren pass on the furniture you had made before your children were born”.

“There can be no economy in throwaway articles, in fact, the environment is now feeling the effects of this new and dangerous practice. Items of long-lasting quality infringe least on the very limited resources available”.

I continue to help the environment by using workshop wood shavings as mulch around our veggies and fruit trees, to conserve water, buffer temperatures, and provide a healthy environment for plants and birds alike, during dry summer months.

I look forward to helping with your furniture repair or restoration requirements     Contact Now


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