Introduction to Furniture Restoration at Craven Conservation



At Craven Conservation, join a one day furniture restoration. This course suits beginners and more experienced attendees. 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, wood turning and marquetry, to name but a few. The course is run by a qualified tutor in a safe and friendly atmosphere. The workshop is well equipped and Bill aims to make the course days enjoyable and rewarding. He is fully qualified from City & Guilds through to Masters Degree. We will discuss the approach to ethical restoration, how to plan what to do and in what order, common materials and tools. We also look at testing to identify surface finishes and what this then means to your plan. We will also discuss timber identification and some furniture history. The day goes quickly and the questions raised also shape the content, your input is important, thank you in advance. The maximum number of students on any course is 4 as we 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. For those who have completed the Introductory Day or are more experienced, we offer two day project based courses (see other listings), where you can bring an item to work on. The two days provides an overnight for glues and lacquers to dry/cure.

What's included in the price?

The daily fee stated includes materials for 'Introductory Courses'. (For two day project based courses and where significant materials required, this would be extra, however please contact us for details) We provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Tea and coffee are provided. Students should bring a packed lunch. There is a fridge and microwave available for use.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


I am a qualified & accredited cabinet maker and furniture restorer. I have a passion for traditional crafts and teach various aspects of making & restoring. I also write for woodwork magazine 'Quercus' and for 'Woodland Heritage'. I feel that our health & quality of life is enhanced by working practically, making and learning new skills. At a time in society, when consumerism has taken hold, we throw too many things away and do not appreciate materials or nature. We must make better and restore more. We need more relaxing workbench time and less screen time!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Corporate days out & team building
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