About the Course
This two day intermediate course at our Cotswold workshop is designed to give the student the fundamental basics and in depth professional skills of French polishing and woodcare.
Each student will work on two small or one medium sized piece of their choice allowing them to go through the full process within two working days.
The course covers the following –
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
The course is designed for groups of 1 to 6.
If you wanted a bespoke package then we can mix and match with my painted furniture course to make sure you gain everything you need from the workshop.
Get in touch for more details of our range of courses and to book your place.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All sundries needed to polish are provided. The furniture needs to be provided by the student.
Absolutely brilliant! I didn't arrive at Ollie's peaceful and well-equipped workshop space thinking I would do French polishing, I originally signed up for the painted furniture course...but it was quickly decided that the cabinet I brought for renovation was too good to paint! Ollie is generous of spirit and knowledge, pragmatic and good humoured, a great tutor for my first foray into the world of woodcare. Couldn't have been a better intro. Sign up, you'll get so much out of it not least skills, tips, ideas and lots of inspiration.
Jane Elms - - #22598
Oliver was a brilliant teacher and I found the whole experience very rewarding, relaxing and satisfying. I’ve now signed up to the advanced course. Communication was great, we learnt the processes in depth and it was a great atmosphere. Would recommend!
ALEX EASTERBROOK - - #21524
An excellent 2 days, Ollie made things very clear throughout and was very helpful. I feel I have achieved a great result
Paul Cooper - - #20425
I loved the course. I learnt a lot in a short space of time. The pieces I brought really were possibly a bit challenging for a beginner but with Ollie's patient and knowledgeable guidance, pieces that looked suitable for a bonfire were turned into little beauties.
It was the stepping stone I needed to be able to restore furniture at home with a view to starting a small business. His course notes are excellent - a really helpful guide for future projects. The workshop itself is light, well equipped and spacious as well as being in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds.
Katy Sullivan - - #20376
This was a fantastic course which I enjoyed enormously. I learned so much in just 2 days and was thrilled by the results I achieved on my pieces of furniture. Ollie was extremely helpful and informative and showed a great deal of patience! It was fascinating to learn not only the technique of French Polishing but also about the wood and construction of my pieces. Seeing furniture through Ollie’s eyes has brought me another level of respect for even our most utilitarian pieces. I now feel ready to tackle French polishing at home and with Ollie’s notes and advice package I feel confident I can achieve great results. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Mary Pearson - - #19331
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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