This 3 day course at our Cotswoldian workshop is designed to give the student the fundamental basics and in depth professional skills of French polishing, contemporary wood finishes and woodcare.
You will take a Mid Century Modern piece of furniture back to it's original state, or if a bit more adventurous, redesigning into a contemporary portfolio piece (See portfolio photos for inspiration).
Each student will work on one portfolio piece of their choice allowing them to go through the full process within 3 working days. In between refinishing your chosen pieces we will also have numerous sample boards to complete.
The course covers the following –
French Polishing & Contemporary wood finishes -
Health and Safety
Polishing materials, tools and personal set up list
Stripping, neutralising and sanding/wire wool techniques
Staining and grain fillers
Shellacs, touching in and waxes
Finishes – varnishes, stains, oils, polishes
Brush, rag and rubber techniques
Start up business advice.
The course is designed for groups of 1 to 4. Covid regulations in place.
Get in touch for more details and to book your place.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All power tools/hand tools, abrasives, masking, grain fillers, stains, stain blocking, primers, brushes and wood finishes provided.
Lunch, top coat paint choice, apron, hand gel, mask and furniture to be provided by the student.
3 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)
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What a brilliant few days with Ollie in his workshop in the Cotswolds. I arrived with only basic skills, clutching my tired-looking bentwood chair...and a tendency to reach for the power sander! I left with a beautiful chair - that I felt incredibly proud to have brought back to life over the three days - and a much deeper understanding of the techniques, tools and products to do things properly and to a high standard. The graft involved in hand stripping and hand sanding isn't a walk in the park but it's so fulfilling to move step by step through the process...and of course getting to the shiny-gorgeous stage which is the most fun! Ollie teaches you to be patient, as he himself is a very patient teacher. This attention to detail as you focus on a single piece for many hours, is very therapeutic, clearing your mind of everything in your busy life as you concentrate hard on every detail of the piece you're working on. Everyone I mentioned my course to - and when I've shown them the finished chair - has said "wow that's very cool". If you're thinking about booking up with Ollie for a special present for yourself or a loved one, just do it. Whoever is lucky enough to attend will learn loads, have a fab time and great conversation, and will come away with a real appreciation for beautiful furniture and things done properly.
Ollie manages to balance imparting huge amounts of his vast knowledge and at the same time enabling you to build confidence, take on new techniques and stretch your own abilities. At the same time he approach is inclusive, appraising unexpected issues that arise and jointly agreeing options and solutions. In my experience this is the sign of a great teacher. I was totally absorbed by the process of transforming my piece of furniture but also building the foundations of knowledge for future practice and further skills development. It was a full on 3 days but hugely enjoyable, with good company and I feel confident that my skills have been well and truly expanded.
I loved the three days I spent in Ollie's workshop, and especially the beautifully transformed desk that I came away with, the skills, and the newfound confidence it has given me. I’d already done a bit of restoration but I was often getting bewildered by the amount of differing advice you find online about how to tackle different restoration issues. I needed definitive advice and guidance from an expert and I needed to be able to ask questions and that’s exactly what the three days with Ollie will give you. I definitely feel like it might have been a game-changer for my own business and I hope to go back for more! Thanks again Ollie.
I attended this course with no prior knowledge of furniture restoration. I loved every minute of it especially seeing my piece of furniture transform from shabby looking chest of drawers to beautifully smooth and smart piece of retro furniture. Ollie has a wealth of knowledge to hand and the course has given me confidence to tackle future projects. Thank you.
This was a brilliant course, run by a brilliant teacher, Ollie.
The content we covered in three days was extensive with Ollie on hand the whole time providing thorough, informative information at all times. I've finished the course with a wealth of professional knowledge - without this course, it would have taken me so much longer to complete a piece of furniture. That time saving itself is worth its weight in gold! I now have loads of confidence to go it alone and push my business forward - thank you Ollie.
A great course with a hands-on approach. Lots of learning backed by practice.