Introductory Wood Finishing Course



A 2 day intensive course for beginners and those wanting to improve their knowledge and technique. It is a practical and theoretical excursion into the world of wood finishing. This will include surface preparation, staining, French Polishing, grain filling, and wax finishing. On the course you will learn about the options for surface removal including who is legally allowed to buy & use paint stripper containing dichloromethane and then their competent & safe use of paint stripper containing dichloromethane under the Reach Enforcement Regulations 2008. Attendees who satisfy all these criteria will have the option to achieve an HSE certificate allowing them to legally buy & use DCM products (additional £25 course fee which can be paid for in advance, during or after the course). You will learn to differentiate between a choice of finishing systems and practice their application. Students will make up their own superior materials, such as wood stain, shellac , wax polish, & wax sticks and then be taught how to apply them to a supplied project. Most materials (including the course project) will be supplied within the price, but students will be asked to bring along some basic items.:- Airtight Tupperware container - min. 6" square x 3" high, 2 empty washing up liquid bottles (clean & dry), Pair of Marigold rubber gloves, Pair of safety glasses, Flat bladed wallpaper/paint scraper, apron or other protective clothing - Course aprons are available to buy for £15 Course notes will be provided. No longer will you be limited to a big brush and a tin of varnish, as you are made aware of the different effects you can achieve by selecting different finishing systems. I strongly recommend that time and budget permitting you take both the Introductory & Intermediate course at the same time. There will be a maximum of 6 students on this course. The first day of the course will run from 10am to 5 pm to allow for travelling & settling in & the second day from 9am to 5pm.

What's included in the price?

All course materials except for the listed basics. Free tea, coffee & biscuits will be supplied. Due to food regulations, allergies & tastes we are unable to provide lunch. You should bring along your own packed lunch.


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

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Philip Hodge

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Philip has been working with wood for more than a quarter of a century in one way or another. Philip Hodge is a Full Accredited Member of BAFRA ( Philip offers courses to people who want to learn how to do Introduction to Woodworking,Furniture Restoration,Gilding,Tool Sharpening & Tuning,Cabinet Making,Wood Finishing inc French Polishing,Veneering All courses will be personally taught by Philip Hodge and held in a workshop set in the beautiful English countryside of Suffolk.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
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White House, Harleston Road, Weybread, Diss, Suffolk, IP21 5TU