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.
A thoroughly enjoyable course, Ollie is professional, personable and patient, with the ability to teach in a clear and methodical manner. With Ollie's guidance, I managed to transform a small veneered chest of drawers, with pealing veneer, scratches, cup ring marks, and old wood worm holes, back to it's former glory, it was quite incredible. I would highly recommend.
A really excellent day with excellent but relaxed tuition. Amazing what you can achieve. Would throughly recommend a day course & can’t wait to do 2 days.
I thoroughly enjoyed the French Polishing workshop with Ollie which I recently attended. Ollie is extremely patient and has a huge amounts of experience and knowledge of working with different types of furniture from various periods. His knowledge of wood and materials is vast and he is great at explaining different techniques. The course is really practical and it was great to be able to get hands on so quickly and develop the skills and confidence to be able to continue to do more restoration projects in the future. I look forward to going back, learning more techniques with even bigger and better projects..!
I can highly recommend Ollie at OP Woodcraft. Ollie is highly professional, friendly and an excellent teacher. Ollie is extremely approachable and generous with his all of his knowledge and experience.
I recently attended the 2 day French Polishing course and came away feeling so much more confident and with 2 fabulous tables which had been stripped back, stained and French polished to a high standard over the duration of the 2 days.
Thank you Ollie and I hope to be back again before too long! 😊
Ollie's course merits a rating above Excellent. He gave clear instructions just the once and then left me to have a go myself, before coming back and gently correcting or improving my efforts. He also adapted the course structure to suit my own requirements. I went there looking for a better way of presenting my finished restorations and I came away with that in spades, plus two restored items I am immensely proud of.
This was a fantastic course and Ollie is a great tutor. I have learnt a lot from him about how to bring wood and furniture back to life. Due to the variety of students and furniture pieces I also had the opportunity to learn about french Polishing, stains and painting. It was a really enjoyable and relaxing 2 days. I hope to do more courses with olllie.
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.
Delighted and now inspired to do more. I very much enjoyed the 2 day course with Ollie and it was defintely wortwhile. With Ollie's guidance and very helpful instruction I now have a restored mid-century Ercol dining chair, that would otherwise have been left to languish in my garage, neglected and unloved, for years to come. I now feel confident about restoring the rest of the set, and highly recommend taking a furniture restoration course with Ollie.
Fantastic Christmas gift, I was very much a beginner in this field, I spent one day learning with Ollie and can’t wait to go back and learn more. It was great fun, very informative and I felt like I could go home and achieve similar results. My mahogany box is beautiful and feels like silk! I can’t stop looking at it!
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.
Ollie is a great teacher with knowledge and passion. There was a calm efficiency about the course which is almost entirely hands on. Ollie has a knack of knowing when to gently intervene and instruct.
I learnt far more on the 5 day course than I imagined I would. I am no expert, but I feel confident and capable of tackling a wide range of tasks. I also know that Ollie would be happy to provide ad hoc advice if I needed it.
The course notes are excellent as well as the refined shopping list for future projects that followed.
Thank you Ollie!
This is an excelkent course run by Oliver who is very informative, knowledgeable and patient. I have vastly improved my technique in staining and oiling, have learnt that I love the process of French polishing and that I need more practice in my furniture painting. However, I have gained the knowledge to take these forward and know that Ollie is at the end of an email for future advice. I would highly recomnend this course and would love the chance to attend another one in the future.
I had a fantastic day with Ollie. He told me french polishing was a bit of a rollercoaster and he was right. Throughout the course of the day we transformed the £20 table I bought at a junkshop into a really beautiful looking piece. I could never have believed we would accomplish so much in a short space of time. Ollie is knowledgeable, patient and easy going at the same time. I will be rebooking!! Thanks Ollie.
Ollie's course is excellent. I went in there with little knowledge of furniture restoration and came away feeling confident and surprised at the skills I had acquired during the week I was there. From stripping, sanding, fixing and french polishing to the finished product Ollie offered guidance and support throughout. I would highly recommend this course! Thanks so much Ollie!!!!
My partner Rhys and I run a small business selling vintage and antique furniture. We both attended the week long course and we were blown away by the amount we learned during our time with Ollie. We're now more than confident that we can tackle anything that comes our way and this will help our business tremendously.
Ollie is a fantastic teacher, explains everything with great care and patience and is very easy to get on with. Thank you so much Ollie!
Pyke & Co Vintage
I have just completed the 5 day course, split over 3 weeks due to Covid. This actually worked for me really well rather than all in one week. The first couple of days are quite hard work physically. I managed to restore a mid century sideboard back to it's former glory, french polish a small table and learned how to quickly bring back the sparkle into a piece of furniture. Ollie has provided me with instructions and a shopping list after the course so I can get set up at home.
I have just done Ollie’s one day French Polishing course and I’m amazed that we managed to turn a very scruffy set of library steps into something glowing, polished and beautifully coloured in one day. I’ve learnt lots and come away with a comprehensive list of the equipment and steps I would need to attempt another piece at home. I would recommend taking something with fewer visible sides to finish than a set of steps if doing a one day course as it was a lot to get done in a day.
I recently returned to OP Woodcraft for a five day workshop with Ollie, having completed a 2 day workshop in summer 2020. Once again it was a brilliant course and I thoroughly enjoyed the five days. I completed two pieces - a French polished sewing box and a restored contemporary chair. Ollie's instructions and guidance are clear and helpful and I came away very happy with the restored pieces. It's a good way to spend a few days working hard and a great distraction from all the current world events!