Overview This one day beginners course is designed to give the student the fundamental basics of French polishing and woodcare and to give them a hands on day leaving them with the vital practical skills needed to refinish furniture recreationally. Each student will have a design consultation with the tutor before executing it on a small piece of furniture of their choice. The French Polishing process allows for the piece of furniture to be revived and reinstated to its former beauty. Appreciating the artistry and craftsmanship in each piece of furniture makes the job of restoring a piece even more exciting and most therapeutic. Skills/Techniques Covered 1. Health & Safety 2. Materials and tools needed 3. Stripping and neutralising 4. Sanding/removing residue 5. Grain fillers 6. Staining 7. Shellacs/French Polishing process 8. Shellac process 9. Touching in 10. Cutting back techniques 11. Rubbering – how to make and keep a rubber 12. Wire wools 13. Spirit wax application/buffing – quick fix 14. Aftercare
All safety gear, finishes, abrasives and solvents are provided within the experience fee.
We will conduct our workshop in our Blockley workshop in the heart of the Cotswolds. OP Woodcraft Unit 77a Northwick Business Centre Blockley Gloucestershire GL560TH
The student is to bring the furniture they wish to work on, an apron, a mask, water and lunch.
Start times are 9.30am looking to wrap up at 4.30pm depending on drying times. Please remember to bring an apron, your furniture, a mask, water and lunch (If you don’t want to dine at the local cafe).
French Polishing for Beginners