Our Courses

BELOW ARE THE COURSES WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNNING AT THE RETREAT

THE 3 WEEK DEVELOPMENT OF HAND TOOL SKILLS COURSE (woodworking)

This course is designed for the complete beginner and those with knowledge who wish to develop their skills further. This is an ideal course to be taken in combination with the 6 week professional diploma course in antique furniture repair and restoration. It is totally practical, teaching how to use the cabinet repair hand tools, planes and chisels etc. You will make a piece of furniture during the course to take home.

THE 5 DAY BEGINNERS COURSE IN TRADITIONAL HAND FINISHING TECHNIQUES

(INCLUDING FRENCH POLISHING) This course is designed for the beginner. If, however, you do have some previous experience, you will still find this a suitable course, as you will be taken step by step through our finishing techniques and shown how to develop your existing understanding to a greater depth.


THE 5 DAY BEGINNERS COURSE IN ANTIQUE FURNITURE RESTORATION

This course acts as a thorough introduction to the fascinating world of antique furniture repair, conservation and refinishing, including French Polishing.

THE 3 WEEK PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA COURSE IN HAND FINISHING TECHNIQUES

(INCLUDING FRENCH POLISHING) The course is made up of a home study section and a 3 week practical hands-on section conducted at ‘The Retreat’.

THE 6 WEEK PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA COURSE IN ANTIQUE FURNITURE REPAIR AND RESTORATION

(Just the wood working part) The course is made up of a home study section and a 6 week practical hands-on section conducted in our workshops at ‘The Retreat’.


The emphasis is on individual tuition. All our courses are designed to cater to whatever level you are at, whatever speed you wish to work at and the hours you want to put in. Fast and intense, slow and relaxed or somewhere in between. Your course will be geared to suit you. Our website is updated regularly and information can be changed without notice. All courses are run simultaneously ensuring students who are at different levels and skill work together so beginners have the opportunity to not only learn from the tutors but also learn from each other and the more advanced work that is being carried out.

TOOLS AND RESTORING MATERIALS
We will provide all the tools needed but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish; most restoring materials, wood and veneers are included in the course fees. Tools and restoring materials are available to buy when leaving. We will also provide you with a list of suppliers.

WHAT TO BRING
Bring a note book and pencil.
A camera.
An apron and old clothes to work in.
Well fitting rubber gloves.

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