Just like an unpolished stone, this table was discarded and left to rot outside the school main hall, unwanted. Probably no one realised its aesthetic value and hidden charm.
It was left there for quite a while.We did not know how it got there.
The table top was in bad shape with its surface all roughed up over the years of neglect. The Michaelian Heritage team recognised its potential, believing that the table, probably about 40 years old, can be restored.
Quickly, we enlisted the help of about ten Form One boys to get it carted from the ground floor to the first floor. It was hard work, considering its weight but the writing table finally found a safe place.
We then contacted our regular carpenter man. He was somewhere at the old town when he received our call.
|The condition of the table when the team spotted it. It is so heavy that we needed about 10 Form One students to carry the table to the gallery.|
|The table is examined closely before works are carried out. The Heritage team ensures that items meant for restoration are strictly reinstated to their original condition.|
The first thing he said about the table was it is an exquisite item. "Just take a look at the wood. It is hardwood and nowadays we cannot find anymore of this material. Look at the drawers and the four legs. They are all hand-made using basic carpentry tools," Ah Choy, who has some 30 years of experience under his sleeves, said.
Tomorrow...we shall take a look at the writing table after it was restored.