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The Old Polishing Shop

Contact name: Robert Cain
Total bookings
almost 2 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Learn the Art of French Polishing & Furniture Restoration. Rob Cain is a 2nd generation master French Polisher who runs his own studio, “The Old Polishing Shop,” in Grassington. He is passionate about the art of restoration and takes great pride in his work. Join Rob in his studio and learn the ancient art of french polishing & furniture restoration,bringing back old furniture to its original beauty. You will learn all the the trade secrets and pick up valuable skills you can take away to use on your amazing pieces at home,using traditional techniques,Rob is a patient and knowledgeable teacher taught by his father ,who will gladly answer any questions you have. After taking his class, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to polish any piece of furniture. So why not join Rob in his studio and learn from the best?

Courses, kits & gifts

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Half day French polishing Workshop
3 hours
Next date: 23rd Jul 2024
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Taster Experience.
1½ hours
Next date: 22nd Jul 2024

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
23 Apr 24'

Margaret Bullock reviewed: Half day French polishing Workshop

"A really enjoyable and hugely informative experience of taking my first steps into the art of French Polishing. Robert is a master practitioner and clearly an expert in his field, yet he is able to communicate his years of knowledge and skill in a way that is easy to follow and understand for a beginner through a perfect combination of explanation, instruction and practice. With Robert’s guidance and tuition, I helped a much neglected table return to life, with its history intact and celebrated. I was so pleased with the result, I am buying the table for my home. An excellent course. Thank you. "

The Old Polishing Shop responded:

"Hi Margaret, so glad you had a fantastic experience, and you picked it up so easily. Your results speak for themself. I've put the table aside for you. Speak soon, many thanks again, Rob."

20 Mar 24'

Ian Stewart. reviewed: Half day French polishing Workshop

"Excellent one to one days course spent with Rob at his old polishing shop. Very hands on and he was great company. He dispelled many of the myths surrounding french polishing and I went away with a real enthusiasm to put the skills he taught me into practice."

The Old Polishing Shop responded:

"Thanks Ian, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you and learn about bee keeping also, thanks so much for the honey, all the very best, speak soon Rob "

28 Nov 23'

Rob Gibson reviewed: French Polishing workshop with Rob Cain

"Brilliant Day"

The Old Polishing Shop responded:

"Thanks again, and great to meet you . Many thanks Rob "

23 Nov 23'

Rob reviewed: French Polishing workshop with Rob Cain

"If you were ever thinking of doing a one day French polish course? Go and seek out Rob in grassinton on the main street, He's a top guy and nothing is too much trouble, The day was Great and I learnt everything I needed. He's got a great sense of humour and funny, BUT ? Not as funny has me. 5***** service."

The Old Polishing Shop responded:

"Great day , glad you got everything you needed , skills to last you a lifetime down the road.. thanks for a great day and laughs . All the best , Many thanks Rob"

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