This is an intensive 2 day course suitable for beginners or those wanting to improve their skills. Students will learn how to take a project right through from initial preparation to a good final finish.
Amongst the skills that you will be perfecting will be surface preparation, staining, grain filling, French polishing, and finishing on top of French polish. Course notes will be provided.
French polishing is a big part of the course but you do need to know the other areas of wood finishing to become a good French polisher.
Surface preparation – New wood & old
Shellac (French Polish) – It`s origins, history of usage & preparation
Staining & colouring – Using 6 types of stain & learning their advantages & disadvantages
Grain filling – Reasons for & against, types of grain filler & application
Removal of excess grain filler – abrasives
Making a polishing rubber
Charging a rubber
Making a hard polishing wax
Making coloured wax sticks
Finishing on top of French Polish
Starting with a log section of a tree and some component parts, craft for yourself the necessary woodwork while learning historic methods of chair making. Using drawknife and drawhorse each student will create their own set of legs and joint these to form the solid wood frame on which to weave the sea grass seating.
Day one will see all the parts completed and a coat of finish applied, day two will mark out and joint the frame ready for the process of weaving. The rest of the day will be used to complete the simple but rewarding technique of chair seating.Find out more Book now
Over the two days participants will be shown the process of cleaving and shaving chestnut to produce the handle and rim for their Trug and will be shown how to steam and bend both chestnut and the willow used for the boards of the Trug.Find out more Book now
This two day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying standard of work due to their lack of tool tuning and sharpening skills. During the course you will learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered.Find out more Book now
From a choice of five, select a carving project to complete on this two day hands-on course. You will learn the basics of woodcarving and take home what you have made.
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This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools. Attendees will learn how to identify and use a selection of tools including bench plane, block plane, shoulder plane, rebate plane, moulding planes, chisels, gouges, different saws, hammers. It will also cover marking out using squares, mitre squares, marking gauges, cutting gauges and mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.Find out more Book now