THE ONE WEEK BEGINNERS COURSE IN REFINISHING (FRENCH POLISHING) ANTIQUE FURNITURE & JOINERY

INCLUDING AN EXTRA TWO WEEK HOME STUDY SECTION [course 05]



TOTAL COST: £495 INCLUDING TUITION, A SIMPLE LUNCH, TEA & COFFEE EACH DAY, 2 WEEK HOME STUDY COURSE SECTION, COURSE MANUAL & ALL MATERIALS. A DEPOSIT OF £150 IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR COURSE PLACE.

DESCRIPTION OF THIS COURSE

Five days of the course (Monday to Friday) are entirely practical, hands on, and are conducted at our well equipped course venue near the centre of the beautiful cathedral city of Exeter in easy reach of the M5 motorway, railway stations and airport.

There is also a 2-week home study part of the course included that provides the essential background theory to many aspects of the practical course work. This is designed to be completed by you prior to coming on the practical part of the course. Completing this short home study section ensures you will be prepared for and get the most out of the practical part of the course.

A course manual is included with the home study course, it explains the techniques you will be learning so nothing will be forgotten when you get home after the course.

This course is for the complete beginner and acts as a basic introduction to some of our refinishing techniques and French Polishing systems. You will receive plenty of one-to-one tuition from Peter or Josie Thomson and be taken, step by step, carefully through all the techniques you need to learn to produce a beautiful French Polish finish.

This course is similar in structure to the weekend restoration course, but instead of two days we have five. This means we cover more topics, and the topics that are the same in the weekend course, are covered to a greater depth in this course.


THIS IS A LIST OF THE TOPICS WE WILL COVER ON THIS COURSE:

  • You will learn the correct solvents to use when removing old perished polish from an original antique surface.

  • You will learn how to carefully remove perished shellac and wax from an original antique surface using a variety of solvents and retaining as much of the original surface as possible.

  • You will learn how to flawlessly fill small gaps and holes.

  • You will learn about French Polish, its history, how it is made, how to use it safely and how to store it.

  • You will learn how to make and use a polishing rubber, the tool used to apply French Polish.

  • You will learn how to produce a beautiful French Polish finish using our system.

  • You will be shown how to recognise the different woods used in the making of antique furniture and how they change in appearance over time.

  • You will learn the importance of original surfaces and how to preserve them.

  • We will provide you with a reading list to learn more.

  • We will provide you with a list of suppliers of restoring materials.

  • You are invited to bring photos of simple furniture French Polishing projects you are planning for the future. We will evaluate the pieces originality, age and the woods from which they are made. We will also provide restoration advice for you to carry out after the course. It will not be possible for you to bring any furniture to the course.

WHERE THIS COURSE IS HELD & ACCOMMODATION

Five days of the course (Monday to Friday) are entirely practical, hands on, and are conducted at our well equipped course venue near the centre of the beautiful cathedral city of Exeter, within easy reach of the M5 motorway, railway stations and airport. The atmosphere is enthusiastic yet relaxed and the venue is light and warm. There is a big selection of accommodation available in Exeter, please see the Places to Stay section.

THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE COURSE TUTORS

The first tutor is Peter Thomson. Over forty years ago after serving his apprenticeship in the family business, Peter completed his training at West Dean College, receiving a B.A.D.A diploma in the conservation and restoration of fine antique furniture. This sparked off a great love for antique furniture that culminated in the privilege of being asked to conserve and restore some of the finest antique furniture in the world. In 1980 Peter was invited to teach in the USA and later in the UK.

Previous clients include The National Trust, Sotheby’s, the Jordanian royal family, museums, private collectors and antique dealers in Britain and America.

Having run a successful restoration business for many years, he is very well qualified to supply the expertise required for those wishing to set up a restoration business of their own.

The second Tutor is Josie Thomson. She completed her training with distinction 14 years ago, a master craftswoman, specialising in refinishing and French Polishing techniques.Her ability to render a difficult antique furniture repair invisible is unsurpassed.


DATES FOR THIS COURSE

17th - 21st February 2020

16th March - 20st March 2020

27th April - 1st May 2020

20th - 24th July 2020

19th - 23rd October 2020

16th - 20th November 2020


FEES & BOOKING

The course runs on Monday to Friday 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 4.00 pm.

TOTAL COST: £495 INCLUDING TUITION, A SIMPLE LUNCH, TEA & COFFEE EACH DAY, 2 WEEK HOME STUDY COURSE SECTION, COURSE MANUAL & ALL MATERIALS. A DEPOSIT OF £150 IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR COURSE PLACE.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this course please call Peter Thomson on:
+44(0)1392 432 786 or enquire via our Contact Form.

We provide an attractive Gift Card with an enclosed course voucher that makes one of our courses the perfect birthday or other present.

Photos below show furniture being french polished using the techniques you will learn on this course

Music box after polishing

Box before & after

Music box before polishing Music box

Pictures below: a fine music box being french polished using techniques learnt on this course

French polishing music box Antique music box

Photo below: 19th century table & coromandel box being refinished using the techniques learnt on this course.

Antique table Coromandel box

Photos below: French polishing techniques from this course used to finish a fire place, wall panelling & servery, a commission carried out by us

French polished fireplace Wood servery Painting wood servery Servery wood panelling French Polishing music box
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