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Craven Conservation and Restoration Ltd

Contact name: Bill Ratcliffe
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about 5 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

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!

Courses, kits & gifts

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Chair making on Camb/Suffolk border
Next date: 13th Mar 2023
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Furniture Restoration - Project based - Cambs/Suffolk border.
Next date: 8th Feb 2023
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Introduction to Furniture Restoration, at Craven Conservation on the Cambs/Suffolk border.
Next date: 12th Feb 2023
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Introduction to Woodworking
Next date: 11th Feb 2023
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Make a pair of traditional saw benches/stools
Next date: 8th Apr 2023
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Make a Traditional Three-Legged Stool
Next date: 25th Mar 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
23 Nov 22'

kemal reviewed: Introduction to Furniture Restoration, at Craven Conservation on the Cambs/Suffolk border.

"I am a total newbie but Bill was so kind, sincere, and expert in his area that I felt I had the best chance to learn from someone who has that experience and is extremely helpful. I strongly advise this course! "

2 Nov 22'

Sasha reviewed: Introduction to Furniture Restoration, at Craven Conservation on the Cambs/Suffolk border.

"What a great day with Bill. So knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his crafts, and such a good teacher. Very highly recommended. I am keen to return for more!"

3 Jun 22'

Simon Braschi reviewed: Introduction to Furniture Restoration, at Craven Conservation on the Cambs/Suffolk border.

"A very educational and enjoyable day spent in the workshop. I would highly recommend to anybody interested in learning more about furniture restoration or woodwork in general."

9 May 22'

John T reviewed: Introduction to Furniture Restoration, at Craven Conservation on the Cambs/Suffolk border.

"A great day of learning - Bill is very clearly an expert and a very good tutor. We covered many of the important aspects of restoration and by suggesting I took a small item to discuss, it helped to make the learning very real and the whole day very encouraging. So much more to learn but a great introduction, thank you!"

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