GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen – Traditional Trade & Olde Craft Specialists
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GN Olsson Furniture Maker, Upholstery, French Polish, Wood turning, Wood carving & Allied Trades & Crafts – Interiors, Furniture, Clock, Frame, Box, Artifacts – Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Gary Olsson, classically trained designer, gilder, ébéniste, cabinet maker, joiner,
& leather technician – Proprietor and Workshop Manager of GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen –
and his dedicated team of artisans, craftsmen, tradesmen and women –
interior, furniture, antique, artifact and clock specialists.

GaryGN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are pdfspecialists who design, make, and do restoration, conservation, and alteration work on  antiques, interiors, furniture, clocks, frames, boxes, and  artifacts.   

Our craftsmen and women use time honoured, traditional, authentic methods to maximise value and longevity. They include traditional tradesmen, artists, and restoration & conservation specialists.  In this fast paced high tech world we live in, there are still some amazingly clever people who use the same authentic materials and hand tools as their predecessors from centuries ago.  Things are built to last, to exacting standards, with focused attention to detail. 

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen hold affiliations and memberships with designers, antique dealers, valuers, fine arts & conservation associations, and industry groups.  This means we can access a wide range of expertise and colleagiate support – all to your benefit. 

Some claim to be experts at all things, however, this is neither realistic, nor likely.  In times gone by, each skill was a completely separate trade taking 10 years to master.  Today the best traditionally trained people often are self-employed.  However, no man is an island. 

Gary closeupAt GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Gary Olsson is both craftsman and overseer.Gary Olsson is a highly reputable designer, and timber, veneer, gold and leather specialist.  Over the years he’s been engaged as interior, furniture and artifact designer, antique restorer and conservator, cabinetmaker, furniture maker, chair maker, joiner, glazer, leather, baise and fabric worker, gilder, carver, turner, ebeniste’, marqueteur, parqueteur, locksmith, polisher, blacksmith and metal worker and restorer. Working with his team of employees and collegiate specialists, they collaborate as a unified team to get the best end result in a timely fashion.  Because we engage in collaborative projects, clients are able to gain access to the talents of the very best in each field.  It is a modern day, network equivalent to the workshops of olde. 

With more than 25 years doing business in this olde fashioned manner, GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are recognised locally and nationally, as a highly competent, one stop shop.  Gary Olsson takes full responsibility for all commissions.  This isn’t as onerous as it sounds, because such highly talented people are not inclined to let anyone down.  It is a matter of professional pride.  Gary Olsson is the head tradesman who personally meets with you to discuss, then manage pdfyour particular project.

Our aim is to maximise value and longevity.  This means doing the right thing by the item, as well as maximising the value of your investment.


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On the GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen team, we have experienced professionals who work in the
following traditional skill areas: (Click on any underlined words to browse relevant webpages or download
articles of relevance.) 


Art Nouveau Table Foot Detail


Antique restorer



Antique conservationist



Furniture maker



Cabinet maker

Silver Service Cabinet


Specialist joiners

At GN Olsson teamwork is the secret of our success


French polisher
Photo Gallery

Mahogany Dining Suite


Traditional upholsterer

Traditional upholsterer using traditional materials and methods





Wood turner



Cane weavers and wicker workers

Cane weaver


Ébéniste (ebony)

Ebony Library Room View



Gilded Marble Top Table



Mother of pearl inlay on box lid



French provincial parquetry dining suite with heavily carved side rails


Picture and mirror framer
for mirror and art works –
gilding and specialist glazing



Painted furniture artists
for furniture decorated with
painted motifs and artistic scenes

Painted Display Cabinet


Decorative and faux finishers

Cavill Chair


Leather gilder
writing slopes, desks and upholstery

Rectangular gold tooled leather


Leather specialist and leather technician
embossed leather for upholstery

Custom leather embossing for car upholstery, logo, steering wheel, panels


Box lining technician
fabric, baise (felt) and leather lining

Cutlery canteen re-felting in Haynesworth baise


Baise (felt) upholsterer
card tables, games tables,
cutlery canteens, drawer lining

Card table


Saddlers and harness makers

Bakers Cart


Book binder
gold finisher, hand stitcher

Traditional bookbinding with handstitching and gold finishing


Leadlight glaziers

Leadlight Glaziers


Stained glass craftsman



Bevel, curved and shaped glass and mirror



Horologist (clockmaker)

Clock works


Barometer maker and restorer



Music box restorer

Music box works mechanism


Gramophone technician

Gramaphone open closeup



Gun Stock


Gilt sign writer

Gold leaf honour board


Stone mason
marble tops moulded and shaped

Brass and boulle credenza


Silversmiths, goldsmiths,
jewellers & electroplaters

Ecclesiastic Processional Cross


Micro engineer, metal caster

Custom stainless steel hinge


Blacksmith, armourer, wheelwright



Researcher and report writer
comprehensive private library

Antique Dwarf Bookcase Picture


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So, ask GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen for a quote
PDF No matter how unusual your request, if we can help, we will!


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To enquire about becoming a dedicated service provider to GN Olsson, please contact us.

Careers and Positions Vacant

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, they are offered from time to time.

If you are qualified with specialist skills in antique restoration and conservation, furniture making, or intricate and heritage joinery, please send your resume and cover letter to us.