The Goodall Family Of Artists



Richard Goodall's workshop

I did not take up art as a profession or hobby but turned my interests to other things including antique car restoration, period furniture building, restoration and guitar building, as hobbies.  Upon retiring to the interior of British Columbia in 1989 I continued guitar building and began the business hobby of restoring antique furniture. 



I began building acoustic steel string guitars in 1976.  The construction is similar to that used by Martin Guitars during their golden age of construction, with seasoned and very old Sitka spruce for the top, ebony for the fret board, mahogany neck and usually rosewood for the sides and back but have occasionally used other tone woods with considerable success.  Custom inlays are either mother of pearl or abalone and the entire instrument is designed to suit the player.



Richard Goodall



2001 Rosewood guitar



Spruce for the top came from a 200 year old tree and seasoned for 20 years.


Rosewood steel string 2007


Rosewood bridge with ebony pins and pearl dots.  Sound hole is inlaid with multi coloured wood and abalone.

The mahogany for the neck was reclaimed from an old English stair railing that was over 100yrs old.


Custom abalone inlaid headstock

Back made from tiger grained rosewood.


Below are some photos of an antique reproduction built in 2006.



A 1740s reproduction secretary bookcase was built over a period of two years, completing in 2006.   Solid mahogany with rosewood trim are featured, with all timber being cut from large dimensioned stock so that book-matching of the sides, drawers, desk lid and book case doors, could be achieved.  The desk has ten secret drawers and compartments which add to the many unique features.  All joinery was done in the traditional manner of the 18th century with the final finish being French polish.    The design closely follows the work of the Philadelphia craftsmen of the period and only a few modern refinements have been added.  These include the hinges for the lid and new reproduction hardware.

                                     The following images are from a few recent restorations.    

A typical restoration of a very abused and damaged Davenport Desk circa 1880

After all structural repairs are complete, missing veneer is replaced.



The finished desk with original ink stained leather saved and restored. Finish is French polish.

The popup module operated by a secret lever now fully operational.

Georgian desk.  The greatest challenge of this restoration was a large split across the front.

A major restoration Scottish long case clock, circa 1830

Georgian Cuban mahogany table.

Georgian Desk

Lady's work table.


Mahogany Regency breakfast table.

Edwardian walnut sideboard.

Tea Caddy circa 1820

Victorian inlaid rosewood sideboard.

Edwardian linen Press

Victorian brass inlaid stand

A pair of muff pistols that had many parts missing and part of a barrel blown away.  Completely restored with a case made to fit and accessories added.