Why are we called the Gilded Piano?
Do you know where our name “Gilded” comes from? To “gild” means to cover solid surfaces (such as metal, wood, porcelain or stone) with a thin layer of gold. It can also be referred to as “gilding.”
Have you ever seen or owned a book with gold leaf on the edges of the pages? Historically the most precious books had gold leaf applied, for both aesthetic and practical reasons. The aesthetics are clear to see: it looks amazing and impresses upon the reader that they are handling something that is very precious.
But less known are the practical reasons! That thin layer of gold sealed the edges of the paper, protecting the page edges, making them impervious to moisture and dust.
I had the wonderful opportunity to work at M.L. Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders in American Fork, Utah, for 2 1/2 years, working on nearly every aspect of building pipe organs from intricate action building to wood carving and gilding.
These are pictures of carvings and gold leaf that I did when I built pipe organs almost 20 years ago. This work represents the highest quality and most precision detail of which we are capable. This is the essence of The Gilded Piano.
When you bring a vintage piano into our shop to be restored or refinished, our goal is the highest quality possible.
Would you like an estimate on restoring your piano? Want to learn more about our piano shop?
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- See our latest piano restoration!
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