We can teach you about
ethical conservation and restoration theory , choosing
tools and tuning them, advanced sharpening techniques including
Japanese water-stones and oil-stones.
We can show you techniques for dismantling furniture, repairs
to joints, structural assessment and repairs, techniques
for restoration of veneers inlays and decorative work including
Boullework and brass inlay. removing bloom, blemishes and
other surface damage from antique furniture.
We will show you the professional scientifically led approach
to the restoration of finishes and decorative surfaces using
advanced conservation techniques used in museums and galleries.
We can teach you traditional craft skills such as French
polishing, wood-turning and cabinetmaking.
Antique furniture is often a highly mixed media including
the conservation and restoration of ormolu and brass, ivory,
mother of pearl and leather, the sourcing, finishing and
ageing of replacement metal fittings.
1. Sourcing, evaluating and maintenance of tools, which
tools to buy, where to buy them and how to buy the best
for your budget.
2. Sharpening, tuning and using hand tools, the use of Japanese
water-stones and other water sharpening techniques, the
use of oil stones and when to use each one.
3. Beginners’ woodworking skills; face and edge, timber
preparation, mortice and tenon joints, halving joints, dovetails
wood-turning, carving and construction techniques.
4. Conservation and restoration principles, the correct
approach to the evaluation and conservation of antique furniture
5. Disassembly using controlled techniques, re-gluing loose
joints and re-laying loose veneers.
6. Adhesives and finishes suitable for antique furniture
– their preparation and use, clamping and cramping
7. Conservation and the cleaning of old surfaces; a measured
approach to surface cleaning, including the reduction and
removal of stains and water marks.
8. An introduction to the science of producing and also
the application of shellac finishes and wax polishes.
9. The staining of timber, working with coloured finishes
and polishes, the professional way to improve localised
10. The removal and cleaning furniture fittings; brass/ormolu
mounts and handles, sourcing replacement for losses and
the controlled ageing and colouring of these replacement
11. An introduction to the common furniture beetle (woodworm)
– its life cycle and the various treatment options
available to the working professional.
12. Collections management skills including the day to day
care of antique furniture in collections and in the home.
13. Traditional Hand Finishing Techniques for use with handmade
furniture and objects, French polishing, oiled and wax finishes.
The workshop is located in Hambledon, Hampshire - there
is a nice 4 star hotel 10 mins away;http://www.georgeandfalcon.com/
- and the 3 star De Vere Venues New Place Shirrell Heath
that often has reductions for mid week stays.
Both options are close to my home, so I can pick you up
and drop you off if that helps.
|| 1/2 day
(1/2 Days are available either Saturday
morning or mid-week)
Each day (10am - 5pm) or 1/2 day (10am - 1pm) includes
personal tutorial time, a workspace, the use of tools
and materials in order to complete your project, and as
much tea and coffee as you can drink!
Packed lunch is recommended otherwise lunch is available
locally, with a range of cooked options and sandwiches always
available at village prices.