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Furniture restoration and related skills at Craven Conservation & Restoration in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Completing surface finish restoration.

Duration: 1 day 9.30am to 4.30pm

Price: £149

Book with: Bill Ratcliffe
at Craven Conservation and Restoration Ltd

Unit 12 Craven Way

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About the Course

At Craven Conservation, join a one day furniture restoration course which is flexible to meet the needs of students. We can tailor the course for total beginners to more experienced students. You can learn a new skill, meet new people and relax by doing something different from your day job.

We have facilities for all aspects of furniture restoration and decorative arts. This includes subjects like general restoration, cabinetmaking, upholstery, surface finishing, woodturning, marquetry and gilding, to name but a few.

The course is run by qualified tutors in a safe and friendly atmosphere. The workshop is well equipped and we will always look to match your needs. Bill aims to make the course days enjoyable and rewarding. He is fully qualified from City & Guilds through to Masters Degree and also fully accredited by BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association).

The maximum number of students on any course is 3 as we design the course to suit you and want to ensure you get a good level of tuition and advice. We are also happy to provide 1 to 1 tuition so please contact us to discuss the options.

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?

The daily fee stated includes materials for 'Introductory Courses'. For more project based courses and where significant materials required, this would be extra, however please contact us for details. We provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) but we would advise students to bring any relevant safety items they have with them, we will advise students of any additional needs before the course commences.

This course can be flexible to suit your travel arrangements.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Students should bring a packed lunch.

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Bill worked with me to understand my goals and tailored the course to meet them. I am doing upholstery with a local teacher but needed to develop a better understanding of the wood in the furniture and how to conserve it. I did 3 days of training using some of my current projects as examples. Bill's enthusiasm about the topic and his incredible knowledge meant that he delivered a full, well structured and hugely informative course.

We covered so many areas with both hands-on work and theoretical knowledge. I came away with a good plan for my projects and the knowledge to work on them. But most importantly I have got some of Bill's excitement for this craft.

I will be booking some more days to expand my skills. Thanks Bill.

- - #22956

I initially booked one day with Bill to restore some Ercol dining chairs. The day was spent learning, in a very detailed manner, about the structure and work that went into Ercol pieces and how to restore them to their former beauty. Bill was extremely knowledgeable and helped me become confident in doing the work they required. I booked a second day and now feel capable of doing the work myself at home due to the teaching Bill gave me.

- - #22370

A very useful course, it can be suitable for complete beginner or someone, who is more experienced.
- step by step explanation
- key areas have been shown and taught in detail
- friendly and easy-going approach

I brought my old side table to upcycle for use in the garden. With extra information, I can now have a matching with the rest of my garden furniture, and durable addition.
I have also received valuable information on materials, finishes, types, techniques, which I can now use on my further projects.
Thanks again and I shall be back to change the upholstery on my old armchair.

- - #22248

I needed a good grounding on woodworking tools and their maintenance. Bill was extremely knowledgable and helpful. I will now look after my tools rather more assiduously and enjoy using them properly. An excellent day.

- - #19929

I have booked sessions with Bill and it’s been incredibly helpful. The attention to detail and patience has made it a great experience and I thoroughly recommend him.

- - #19901

I had a beginner’s upholstery course as a Christmas present, working on a footstool one to one with Bill. It was a great course, well planned and prepared, and Bill is a superb teacher, relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable. I’ve had a great time chatting and learning. Bill has been particularly flexible with dates and he couldn’t be more helpful. I would highly recommend Craven Conservation and am already thinking about my next project!

- - #19898

An excellent day covering all the essentials. Flexible, relaxed and professional, extremely experienced. Highly recommend.

- - #19894

A very enjoyable day spent learning about different aspects of surface finishing. Bill is a very knowledgeable teacher/craftsmen, generous with his wealth of experience. He is highly professional, yet at the same time his relaxed approach and patience put me completely at ease. I was delighted that he was able to fit me in at such short notice and was thrilled with the outcome; I now feel much more confident in finishing off some of my woodworking projects! I would recommend to anyone and I shall definitely return in the future!

- - #18130

Spent a fantastic day learning about marking out, sawing, chiselling and making a lap joint. The day flew by with the help of Bill’s expert guidance and patience! Ended up with a neat six piece wooden puzzle. The day was well planned out and everything was explained clearly. Even had a go on the bandsaw and disc sander for the first time!
I would definitely recommend a course with Bill.
Will be back soon!

- - #17675

Fantastic Day! Started off just about knowing where wood came from and preceded to learn about the many different tools and what they are used for, applied the learning by using Tenon Saw, general saw, plane, chisel, bandsaw, rotary sander, made wooden plugs, drilled and sanded to ultimately produce a really nice shelf out 1 plank and one length of 0.4x0.4. Bill was excellent; patient, engaging and not in anyway intimidating while I applied my ham-fisted talents. Brilliant.

- - #16689

My boyfriend and I recently attended a 3 day course, in which we worked exclusively with Bill to complete a project of our choice.

The course was comprehensive and completely tailored to our needs. Bill worked incredibly hard to plan activities/tasks each day, ensuring that we were able to fit in as much as we could, whilst remaining flexible and allowing us to steer.

Bill is incredibly knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher. The course offered far more than we could ever have hoped and we have come away full of knowledge and enthusiasm!

Thank you Bill for such a wonderful course - we would book again in a heartbeat!

- - #15724

Response from Craven Conservation and Restoration Ltd:

Thank you Emily and Craig for your positive feedback, it is much appreciated. I would welcome you back just as fast! We had a really enjoyable few days. If you need any help you know where I am.

kind regards

A brilliant course, Bill the tutor is highly skilled and is a fantastic tutor. He is very knowledgeable and guided me through all elements of upholstery from Making reusable templates, woodwork and construction of frames to buttoning and the final upholstery. I really enjoyed myself and feel ready to make more! A great course and great value for money.

- - #15170

Response from Craven Conservation and Restoration Ltd:

Thank you Molly for your kind comments, much appreciated. I enjoyed the 3 creative days and you produced work to be proud of. Good luck and hope to speak soon.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Suitable for beginners

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