Course Details

THE 3 WEEK PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA COURSE IN HAND FINISHING TECHNIQUES (INCLUDING FRENCH POLISHING)

WE WILL BE RUNNING OUR COURSES AGAIN IN 2015. NEW COURSE DATES AND NEW COURSE FEES WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INFORMED PERSONALLY AS SOON AS THE COURSE DATES ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE EMAIL US PROVIDING US WITH YOUR DETAILS AND THE COURSES IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED AND WE WILL EMAIL YOU THE DATES AS SOON AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.


The course is made up of a home study section and a 3 week practical hands-on section conducted at 'The Retreat'. The three individual weeks that make up the course should be chosen from the above dates. This way you can taylor your course to suit the time you have available.

This course is open to the beginner.

You are taken step by step, carefully through in detail, the hand finishing techniques required to preserve and enhance original antique surfaces. You will be shown how to completely refinish, reproducing the colour and finish (patina) that would have been there before the piece of antique furniture was damaged. You will learn how to refinish antique furniture of all periods, from early 16th Century oak, to the classical 18th Century, through to the glossy French Polished Victorian and Edwardian furniture. The course can be tailored to some extent to cover an area of particular interest. For example, the restoration of lacquered or painted furniture.

You are welcome to bring your own suitable pieces to restore, or we will provide furniture for you. The pieces you bring must be small, a writing or similar box, a chair or table (top size not more than 50cm x 60cm). You are invited to bring any other pieces of furniture to the course, these will be looked at during the course and a detailed plan of required restoration work will be made so you can restore the pieces between the weeks of the course, or after the course. Also, we will carefully evaluate the pieces originality, age, construction and the woods from which it is made. These extra pieces of furniture must be packed back into your vehicle after they have been examined as we do not have the space to store them in the workshop during the course. For those wishing to set up in business, time is set aside to cover all aspects of how to make your own business successful. Peter Thomson is available to answer questions during and after the course by phone. This course, combined with the 6 week professional furniture repair and restoration diploma course provides, (once the skills are properly developed) all you need to know to offer a professional antique furniture restoration service.

You will receive plenty of one to one tuition. The atmosphere is enthusiastic yet relaxed and the workshop is spacious, light and warm. Each student has their own extensive range of specialist polishing materials and equipment. You are invited to work at your own pace. Tea and coffee always available. The course runs from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch - then from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with tea breaks at 11.00 am and 4.00pm. Except on Fridays when the course concludes at 4:30pm after lunch.

The cost of polishing materials is included in the course fee.

FEES & BOOKING

Cost £995.00 - to book please send a deposit of £200.00 with the completed pdf booking form.