Meet Some of the Dorothea Team 

 

John Wallis: Director

 

Having grown up within the business that his father started (Dorothea Restorations) He has had the chance to re start the company several years ago after the company that owned it got into trouble. It has been hard work but we have now re-established Dorothea Restorations as a company providing high quality restoration and conservation services throughout many varied industries.

Having completed an HND in Mechanical Engineering he spent many years within the business both on the practical side running and carrying out projects and subsequently progressed into the management team. He is currently applying for membership to the IMechE.

 

Ruan Bester: Commercial Manager

 

Ruan joined us in April 2014 to help run the ever growing order book and help develop the commercial side of the business. He is a qualified quantity surveyor and has an enthusiasm for our kind of work.

 

Julian Beel: Project Supervisor

 

Julian has been with Dorothea in one form or another since 1987.  He is an experienced engineer and has been responsible for the successful completion of many high profile restoration projects throughout his career so far.

 

Robert Oakes: Supervisor

 

Roger Hunt: Supervisor

 

Zenon Jurkow: Workshop Supervisor

 

Zenon joined us in 2005 as a craftsman and has worked his way through to Supervisory level. His background is varied and has many skills including fine metal works, working with non ferrous metals, gilding, drawing and many of the finer engineering skills. Zenon is currently working towards his PACR accreditation with ICON.

 

James Oakes: Craftsman

 

Kris Brooks: Craftsman / Metalworker

 

Kris has been with the company for about 10 years. He is extremely good with fabrication, sheet metal work and cast iron welding. If you need it fabricated and not twisted then Kris is the person.

 

Joe Bennett: Craftsman

 

Joe has joined us in the last couple of months. He comes from within the timber joinery industry and brings a whole range of high level skills to our field of work.  He has proved to be a valuable member of the teams.

 

James Wynn-Haggard: Trainee Craftsman

 

James joined us in May 2014 as a Trainee Craftsman. Having completed an arts based university course with a bias towards metalwork. He has fitted in well within the teams and is learning the trade quickly.

 

Dorothea Restorations have a vast range of specialist skills including:

 

  • Cast iron stitching & welding

  • A full range of repair, strengthening and joining techniques including the use of:

           

              - electric arc / gas welding

              - plates             

              - stitches / dowels

              - adhesives / resins

              - carbon / glass fibres

 

  • Structural welding of wrought iron

  • Hot set riveting & rivet-busting

  • Specialist joinery and carpentry

  • Specialist glazing including lead came work

  • Patination and cleaning of lead, copper, brass and bronze

  • Supply of recycled Wrought (puddled) iron

  • Conservation blacksmithing, using wrought iron

  • Surface preperation - blast, flame, manual and mechanical cleaning

  • Application of traditional and modern coatings

  • Gilding and patination

  • Dressing, repair and manufacture of burr millstones

  • Repairs to traditional wind/watermills

  • Restoration of historic machinery

  • Activation of large historic machines for demonstration purposes

  • Operator guidelines and training

  • Safety advice and audits

  • Conservation advice, plans, and budgets

  • Condition surveys, specification writing, budget and project planning.

 

Pioneering techniques developed by Dorothea Restorations include:

 

  • Carbon fibre wrapping of cast iron to recreate 100% of the strength of the original item

  • Wrought iron welding

  • Pressed decorative zinc

  • Decorative copper roofing techniques

  • Curved and bent glazing in iron structures, including double-glazing

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