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Furniture restoration courses and workshops offer the opportunity to learn the skills require to restore beautiful pieces of furniture and antiques to their former glory. Learn to strip and restore frames, restore patina, gilding, examine textures and textiles used, look at modern and traditional styling and of course explore the fascinating history of furniture.

Next course on 2nd April 2018
ABOUT THE COURSE The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for. If you’re a complete beginner this will give you the perfect grounding; if you’ve been woodworking for a while, this will be a great tune-up, sorting out any bad habits and reinforcing fundamental skills. Everything in Woodwork is based on Sharpening so this is the initial focus. You MUST have a sharpening system at your fingertips that works for you, we...
Next course on 11th November 2017
The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction: Band-saw Dimensioning timber components Cutting dovetails, circles etc. Design & use of a point fence Cutting veneers Cutting tenons Table-saw with sliding table Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table Removing a waney edge Cutting timber to dimension using the...
This is an intensive 2 day Traditional Upholstery course based in central Bristol. £260 for 2 days including lunch and snacks. Bring your own piece of furniture to work on over the course. Alternatively you can buy a footstool from us. Our footstools are made by a local carpenter and you use all the traditional skills to upholster it from scratch. You only need to bring 1m of top fabric to cover it in. No...
Next course on 21st August 2017
ABOUT THE COURSE This course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing. Ideally students will have some woodworking experience or have attended our ‘Sharpening and Tuning’ course, so that structural repairs and splices etc. can be attempted with confidence. This course is, however, equally relevant for the complete beginner who can use the course...
Next course on 14th April 2018
You will learn: The fundamentals of cabinet-making will be covered, including the following: • Planing techniques, dealing with ‘wind’ and ‘cupping’, flattening wide boards and squaring narrow edges • Preparing a ‘face side’ and ‘face edge’ • Using shooting-boards to plane narrow edges • Using squares and gauges • Cutting and planing timber to a fine tolerance • Exercises to develop the effective use of saws and chisels • Setting out and cutting accurate joints...
The current course runs across 8 weeks in 2 hour sessions. There are 3 time slots - Tuesday am 10 - 12, Tuesday pm 12.30 - 2.30, and Wednesday am 10.30 - 12.30. The course is taught by Jan and Angela; both are City and Guilds qualified and have previously taught upholstery and sewing for Kirklees College. Students are welcome to join mid course. Students work in small groups of up to 10, with mixed...
This is an intensive 2 day Traditional Upholstery course based in North London. £280 for 2 days including lunch and snacks. Bring your own piece of furniture to work on over the course as well as the top fabric. You can buy any upholstery materials needed to complete your project in the quantities you need (eg calico, horse hair, hessian, wadding, webbing) If you do not have a piece of furniture then you can buy...
Next course on 11th September 2017
Spend a day at our Butterfly Art & Craft Studio and learn how to paint a small piece of furniture using Autentico Chalk paints. Our tutor specialises in up-cycling character furniture giving it a professional lovingly restored finish. You’ll need to bring a small piece of furniture. We recommend no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50 cm, don’t worry if you haven’t got anything suitable as we have pieces available from £5.00. Wear some...
Learn some of the magical techniques of fabric decoupage whilst designing and decorating your own unique tissue box cover. The workshops will take place over one whole day plus half the next day (or three half days on a weekly basis) in our studio in Brampton, Cumbria. We need at least two participants for the course to proceed. Bookings now taken for January, February 2017, just contact us. Book as a group (2 minimum) and...
Join us on our rewarding and relaxing course, a workshop full of discovery where you will restore to its former beauty Grandma's or Grandpa's armchair or simply the family's piano stool. This course runs thoughout the year, workshops are tailor-made to suit the participants availablity and requirements, our workshop is situated in the heart of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, 42 vyse st, B18 6HF. Our tutor/assessor holder of a TDLB qualification is a highly skilled and...