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Gilding Restoration Course

Gilding Restoration Course

Duration: 5 days

Price: £480

Book with: Maureen White
at Paragon Restoration

11-13
Town Street
Thaxted, Dunmow
ESSEX
CM6 2LD

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About the Course

This is a 5 day course in Giltwood Frame and Object Restoration. The course is suitable for anyone wishing to master basic gilding techniques and restore items sympathetically that are worn and damaged. This course is suitable for beginners. No previous experience is ever assumed.

During the 5 days the following topics will be covered:-
Investigation, plan, cleaning and making basic repairs by casting, modelling or carving.
Gesso and putty repairs. Gesso smoothing, application of bole and water gilding.
Oil gilding, toning and distressing to match in repairs.

The course is taught by Sophie Woodhouse, a very experienced gilder who has run this course for over 7 years.Sophie has worked on numerous restoration projects at Oxford colleges and was part of the team that gilded the barge for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Please get in touch for details.

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 course fee includes use of all tools and materials. One book of gold is provided, more is available for purchase as necessary.
Refreshments are freely available during the day
Lunch is provided at a popular restaurant in Thaxted.


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Course Start Dates

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


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners