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Gilding Restoration Course

Gilding Restoration Course

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 you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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.


Maureen White at Paragon Restoration
Town Street
Thaxted, Dunmow
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  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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