Our courses have been conducted in the UK since 2001

Peter Thomson

The lead tutor is Peter Thomson

He is a fourth generation master restorer. He served his apprenticeship at his family’s antique furniture restoration workshops and completed his training in 1974, receiving a B.A.D.A diploma at West Dean College in conservation & restoration of fine antique furniture. He then moved on to teach and to work for the National Trust, Sothebys, the Jordanian Royal family, museums, private collectors and dealers in the UK and in the U.S.A.

He has, over the years, renovated some of the world’s most rare, beautiful and valuable antique furniture. 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.

Josie Thomson

The second tutor is Josie Thomson (Polishing)

Josie completed her training 14 years ago. She is a master craftswoman who specialises in refinishing and French polishing techniques. Her ability to render a difficult antique furniture repair invisible is unsurpassed.

Nigel Phillips

The third tutor is Nigel Phillips (Tool Skills Development)

He is a teacher with over 35 years experience, a master craftsman with endless patience and the natural ability to impart his knowledge effectively to others. After qualifying as a craft and design teacher Nigel taught woodwork, metalwork and silver smithing in secondary schools and adult education. He now offers a bespoke furniture making service.