Furniture Restoration

Marquetry box


With expert tuition you will work at your own pace towards fully restoring your pieces using traditional methods. Once accepted onto the course, you should contact Philip Hodge prior to the start of the course to discuss the actual pieces that you would like to restore. This is not an upholstery course and although simple upholstery tasks may be possible, they do not really come within the remit of this course.

All projects will be discussed as a group & students will learn new skills and techniques such as French Polishing, veneering, and blending repairs, from both their own and other students` pieces as well as tutor demonstrations. As a group we will discuss the problems thrown up by each project. Following expert advice and help from the tutor, each student will then work towards getting their two projects to a finish by the end of the week. While no guarantee can be given that projects will be finished within the week, if they are not over ambitious it should be infinitely possible.

You will learn new skills and techniques both from your own and other peoples' projects. The actual details of this will vary according to what repairs are necessary on the pieces brought to the course. However, it would be usual for it to include woodworking repairs, veneer repairs, French polishing, and the blending of repairs. If you are looking to learn particular skills then it is important that you choose projects that would incorporate those elements of restoration. The reason for you having 2 projects on the go is that there may be times when one of the projects is untouchable because of drying glue, polish, etc. So, to save standing around, you will be able to work on your other project.

All tools will be provided by the tutor. If you have any "favourite" tools that you like to use then you are welcome to bring them along (no power tools please). This might also help if by coincidence all students want to perform the same repair at the same time.

Most materials should be available on site or can be ordered. These will be charged at cost to the individual student.
The first day of the course will start at 10am to allow for travelling & settling in. All subsequent days will start at 9am. There will be a maximum of 6 students on this course. Social distancing as specified by the government at the time of the course will be observed. In the event of government guidelines preventing your attendance on the course you will be offered the option of moving to later dates or receiving a full refund.
Students should bring along a pair of safety glasses, a pair of Marigold rubber gloves and an apron or other protective clothing - Course Aprons available for £15.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.


Philip Hodge at Philip Hodge


White House
Harleston Road, Weybread
IP21 5TU

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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