A little more about our fine arts removals & storage crates offered in Sydney
Something must be in the air, because we’re doing a lot of crating at the moment. You’ve probably never thought about the planning and effort that goes into moving priceless antiques, fine artworks, chandeliers and grandfather clocks, but they need more security than an old quilt or some bubble-wrap. That’s why we offer custom-made timber crates. We use sturdy plywood because it meets with all the fumigation requirements for export. It’s not natural, so there are no wood insects or borers or diseases that could be freighted around the world. Our sales reps take some measurements and run them back to the workshop, where our in-house carpenter Daryl builds the crates to fit the items we’ll be relocating. Each one takes around 2-3 hours to put together, and then the boys take them out to the site to pack ’em and wrap ’em, as we say. Inside the crates, we’re even more careful. When you buy a new TV or laptop, you might have noticed a white, plastic-paper sheet over the screen. It’s called Tyvek, and it’s a moisture-resistant product that we use so that when the organic products breathe and sweat, the packaging material doesn’t stick to them. It’s essential for moving wooden furniture that has an organic polish as opposed to a lacquer, for example. To give you some examples of the kinds of things we crate up, we’ve got some artworks going to London at the moment. They’ve been in the family for 300 years, out here for some of that time, and now they’re getting shipped back for auction. In addition, Persian rugs are quite often wrapped and rolled and crated. If you fold a rug, it creases and it’s very difficult to get them out. Putting them in timber crates keeps them flat and rolled properly. The crates you see here have been made in our workshop. One’s for a dining table, one’s for a buffet and the big cardboard box is for a large artwork. Once again, that’s not just any cardboard, like you’d grab from the local supermarket dock. It’s Hydraboard, which is highly moisture-resistant, strong and what they call “virgin cardboard”. You wouldn’t put that much effort into Fantastic Furniture – this is really just for antiques. The dining table we mentioned is worth $220,000. Obviously we made a crate for that. If you don’t, you’ve only got to knock one of those things and bang – you’ve got a chip. All of a sudden, the entire item’s ruined and your insurance company gets cranky at you! To find out more about our fine arts removals & storage services in Sydney, contact China Bear today!