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French polishing course

French polishing course

About the Course

Why choose this course?
This two day practical French polishing course, delivered by a professional polisher with over 35 years’ experience in the trade, is designed for those who are new to staining and re-finishing and those who wish to gain hands-on experience in this specialist field of furniture re-finishing and furniture restoration. The course has been designed to complement the skills of furniture makers/restorers, as well as people who buy or own antique furniture that needs bringing back to life.

The course has an emphasis on the sound understanding and use of traditional French polishes and stains and “touching-in” techniques, including the selection and use of finishing materials.

All equipment, materials and sample boards are provided, but students will need to bring along one or two small items of furniture to re-finish. Suitable items include a side table, chair, stool or box – you will be able to work on one item whilst the other finishes drying.

This specialist course is aimed at students with no previous experience or limited knowledge of French polishing and re-finishing – time is allocated for discussion on stains, fillers, bleaches, polishes and waxes. Small groups ensure plenty of hands-on tuition for every student.

Students are able to try out, test and buy woodworking tools and equipment from Wood Workers Workshop with a 5% discount – try before you buy…

Two-day courses are divided into three disciplines:
Material identification, preparation and use
Stripping, staining and colouring up
French polishing and waxing

What will I achieve?
This short course gives students a thorough grounding in the safe and practical use of traditional wood staining and French polishing techniques, through practical demonstrations and hands-on experience. Students work on a personal re-finishing project under expert guidance, ensuring professional results.

Course Content
Basic safety considerations
Personal safety – safe use of finishing products
Materials used in traditional polishing
Strippers and revivers
Stains and earth colours
Grain fillers and filler sticks
Shellacs and waxes
Scrapers and abrasive papers
Wire wools and Mirlon pads
Pencil brushes and mops
Fads, rubbers and waxing pads
Stripping or reviving
Grain filling and staining
Touching in and bodying up
Spiriting off and waxing

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

You do not have to bring any tools, equipment or materials with you, as we supply everything you need.

Please do not get dressed up for the occasion as wood finishing can be a messy job!

Items to be polished
Please bring along two small items such as a side table, chair, stool or box etc; if you are unsure about what to bring, please contact us to discuss their suitability.


Sarah Sefton at Peter Sefton Furniture School
The Threshing Barn
Welland Road, Upton-Upon-Severn
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Suitable for

  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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