This 2 week intermediate/professional course at our Cotswoldian workshop is designed to give the student the fundamental basics and in depth professional skills of French polishing, contemporary paint and clear coat techniques, furniture redesigning and woodcare.
Each student will work on numerous pieces of furniture of their choice allowing them to go through the full process within 10 working days. In between refinishing your chosen pieces we will also have numerous sample boards to complete.
The course has been created to give the student all of the skill set, knowledge and business acumen ready to start up as a sole trader in contemporary and traditional furniture finishing
The course covers the following –
French Polishing & Contemporary wood finishes -
Health and Safety
Polishing materials, tools and personal set up list
Stripping, neutralising and sanding/wire wool techniques
Staining and grain fillers
Shellacs, touching in and waxes
Brush and rubber techniques
Contemporary paint finishing -
Health and Safety
Concept mock up on paper – including colours, design, materials needed
Stripping, neutralising and sanding/woodcare techniques
Stain blocking, priming, knotting and undercoating
Painting, rolling and cutting back techniques
Finishes – waxes, varnishes, stains, oils, polishes
Hardware discussion (student to bring hardware if needed)
Staging and photography
Start up business advice.
The course is designed for groups of 1 to 4.
Get in touch for more details of our range of courses and to book your place.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All power tools/hand tools, abrasives, masking, stain blocking and primers, brushes and wood finishes provided.
Top coat paint choice, apron, hand gel, mask and furniture to be provided by the student.
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I have recently completed both the Contemporary Furniture and Woodcare and French Polishing courses at OP Woodcraft.
I have learned how to finish and refurbish old, new and damaged furniture using a variety of techniques including oiling, staining, french polishing, painting and more, bringing it back to life.
I found the courses enjoyable and informative and they are well delivered by Oliver with clear explanations and demonstrations. Oliver provides course notes and is very helpful in answering any questions you have post course.
I would recommend these courses for pleasure or business, they provide you with skills for life and the enjoyment of creation.
Oliver has provided me the confidence in my skills to develop my own workshop and begin my own business going forward.
I have gone on to complete the professional course with Oliver which provided me with further knowledge and skills to enable me to progress my business.
I've recently completed the two week Professional Furniture Refinishing Masterclass with Ollie at OP Woodcraft. Ollie has been absolutely fantastic in passing on his knowledge, showing me his skills and teaching me about different techniques and wood finishes. I was impressed with how much I achieved during my ten days with Ollie, I really didn't expect to get so much done! Altogether I worked on eight pieces that were refinished in various ways such as French polishing, waxing and oiling, and I've also learnt various techniques such as stripping, hole filling, grain filling, staining, sealing, cutting back, mopping, touching in and rubbering. Ollie's been incredibly patient with all of my questions, he's given me valuable advice about setting up my own wood care business and also about the different products and tools required for the trade. I can't thank him enough! Without a doubt I can highly recommend doing a course with OP Woodcraft. Thank you Ollie!