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We currently offer weekend classes for Furniture Restoration, Wood Working, Wood Carving, Upholstery, Stained Glass and Jewellery Making, and evening classes in Wood Carving (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Wood Working (Mondays and Wednesdays).

All of those classes cost £275, with a £100 deposit and the remaining of the tuition due on the first day of class. Payments can be made in cash, cheques or debit cards. Note credit cards can be used, but there is a 2% surcharge added to cover the bank charges. Tools are supplied for all courses, materials will be charged separately for Upholstery, Wood Working, Jewellery Making and Furniture Restoration.

We are currently planning on classes in French Upholstery, Traditional Finishes, Colouring Techniques, Using Machines in Wood Carving, and Seat Caning and Rushing. Please write and we will keep you informed of the future classes. Also, watch this space!!!!



Chair Seating Club with Christine Brewster – SPRING to AUTUMN 2019 (7 sessions)

The last Friday of every month from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - June 28th until December 20th.

 

For many years the Wycombe area has been famous for its rush seated chairs.

In this class we will learn how to prepare and use English soft rush, harvested from the River Thames, to seat a chair or stool. You will learn to select the rush, to twist it into shape and to create the basic rush seat. The piece of furniture should be square or trapezium shaped and have rough unpolished rails and raised corners.

In all cases students will need to bring their own furniture to work on, although it will be possible to purchase a suitable piece from the Wooburn Craft School. Please contact the school well in advance to discuss your requirements and the suitability of your furniture.
All students should let us know what you want to learn in this class so we can plan appropriately.

 

Class Dates (LAST Friday of every month): Jun. 28, Jul. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 20.

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  £10 per hour

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Wood Carving Club with Dr Ernest Riall, PhD – SPRING to AUTUMN 2019 (7 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - July 9th until December 17th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal. More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (Every Tuesday): Jul. 9 until Dec. 17 (No club on the third week of August and the first week of Sept.!!!)

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  £10 per hour

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Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Wednesday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - Sept. 4th until November 6th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Wednesday): Sept. 4, 18, Oct. 2, 16, Nov. 6 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear, MBE – Saturday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2

In this course, Paul will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced restorers. All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school). All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Paul will carefully walk the student through every step of  the entire process of restoring their selected project.

With over 25 years experience at The Wallace Collection, and over 10 years as the course leader of the Furniture Conservation Course at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Paul is one of the leading teachers in this field in the UK and one of the best to guide anyone to the successful completion of their project.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 7th until November 2nd.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).

All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

At the end of the course there will be a small charge for materials used.

SO SORRY THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL…PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT FUTURE CLASSES.

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Upholstery classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..





Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday AUTUMN 2019

Every other Sunday from Sept 8 to Nov 3 (excl school holidays) Each day runs from 9am to 4 pm.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).

All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

At the end of the course there will be a small charge for materials used.

 

SO SORRY THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL…..PLEASE WRITE US TO PUT US ON OUR DATABASE FOR FUTURE MAILINGS

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Sept. 8, 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Upholstery classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m.





Wood Working (Intermediate/Advanced) with Phil Lyons – Wednesday AUTUMN 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - September 9th until November 25th.

 

While building on the basic skills learned in the first course, it is also suitable for students with some basic Wood Working experience. Students are taken through the process of making a beautiful stool with a couple of unusual features to provide a technically challenging but enjoyable project. In addition to making further use of the basic Wood Working skills (using chisels, plans, saws, etc.), it will also include an introduction to mortice and tenon joints, more complex setting out, some specialist tools and more.

More advanced students can, with the approval of the tutor, work on custom projects.

Note the price does not include a £25 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

Class Dates (every Wednesday): Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Wood Working classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

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Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Tuesday AUTUMN 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - September 10th until November 26th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood.  They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal.  More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Wood Carving classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

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Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Tuesday AUTUMN 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 10th until November 26th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

This class offers a discounted rate for ICON members.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Jewellery Making classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – Monday AUTUMN 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - September 11th until November 27th.

 

Phil Lyons, of Lyons Restoration Ltd, has designed a series of courses to teach the major aspects of Wood Working. This course starts with an overview of common furniture woods and their qualities as well as the basic hand tools and how to sharpen them. Students will then be introduced to basic Wood Working techniques while each making a beautiful wooden box with a few options to suite all skill levels. Some of the skills students will be introduced to include: using a plane, using chisels to produce dovetail joints, turning, using a cabinet scraper among others. Finally students will try out different finishing techniques before choosing one to apply to their box.

Note the price does not include a £25 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

Class Dates (every Monday)Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Wood Working classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

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Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday AUTUMN 2018 (10 sessions)

Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - September 12th until November 28th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal.

More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

 

Class Dates (every Thursday): Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Wood Carving classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

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Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Candace Pearce – Saturday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - September 14th until November 9th.

 

The instructor for this class is Candace Pearce who has been teaching the Jewelry Making classes at Bucks New University in High Wycombe for over 30 years. Over this time many of her students have gone on to become award winning designer/makers.

This course is designed for both the absolute beginner and for those wishing to learn more advanced skills (Note those wanting to learn more advanced skills should contact the school to discuss specific learning objectives.).

Beginners will make a variety of items including rings, bracelets and charms. They will also learn to work with copper and silver and they will learn to use many of the basic tools used to make beautiful jewellery. Materials will be at an additional cost (approximately £25) which is payable directly to the tutor.

The tutor will guide the more advanced students and will facilitate the successful completion of their project.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Jewellery Making classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 14th until November 9th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal. More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 9 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Home School Program – Wood Carving with Dr Ernest Rhiall, PhD – Thursday AUTUMN 2019

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - September 19th until November 21st.

The Wooburn Craft School is pleased and proud to announce a series of courses for children (aged 10 to 15). This series is particularly aimed at home schooled children who do not have access to school workshop facilities or to those in school who have limited craft course offerings. The series includes Wood Carving, Stained Glass, Wood Working (making things out of wood). In each class, the children will have both talks and practical works and they will leave each course with an item that they can take home with them to show to their friends and family.

Please contact the school for schedule of courses and to discuss entry into the class. Each series (Wood Carving, Stained Glass and Wood Working) is on every Friday afternoon (from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and lasts 8 weeks. The cost for each is £200 but may have additional material costs (usually less than £25).

 

Class Dates (every Thursday): Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, Nov. 7, 14, 21 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m..

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Home School Program – Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth – Friday AUTUMN 2019 (8 sessions)

Every Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 20th until November 22nd.

 

The Wooburn Craft School is pleased and proud to announce a series of courses for children (aged 10 to 15). This series is particularly aimed at home schooled children who do not have access to school workshop facilities or to those in school who have limited craft course offerings. The series includes Wood Carving, Stained Glass, Wood Working (making things out of wood). In each class, the children will have both talks and practical works and they will leave each course with an item that they can take home with them to show to their friends and family.

Please contact the school for schedule of courses and to discuss entry into the class. Each program (Wood Carving, Stained Glass and Wood Working) is on every Friday morning and/or afternoon (9:00 to 13:00 / 13:00 to 16:00) and lasts 8 weeks. The cost for each is £200 but may have additional material costs (usually less than £25).

 

Class Dates (every Friday): Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 8, 15, 22 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All Jewellery Making classes start at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m..

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Mosaic Art (Taster) with Suzy Wright – Special AUTUMN Course 2019 (2 days)

Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - October 5th and 6th.

 

The Wooburn Craft School, is pleased to announce that Suzy Wright of Modern Mosaics, a successful Mosaic Artist and tutor will be teaching a taster class in Mosaics Art this spring. In this 2-day course you will learn a few basics about mosaic design, the tools, and the different considerations when choosing and cutting materials, including adhesives and grouting. We will start with a small, simple piece of work then progress to bigger projects as time permits. The tutor has a large collection of images/books for inspiration and a great selection of materials for making your mosaic or you can bring your own design and Suzy will help in translating it into Mosaic Art.

All levels of experience are welcome – no experience is needed. Furthermore… you don’t have to be an artist to create a beautiful Mosaic Art!

 

Class Date (Saturday and Sunday) : Oct. 5 and 6.

Class Times: The class starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m..

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Pyrography (Introduction) with Susan Mills – Special AUTUMN Course 2019 (2 days)

Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - October 19th and 20th.

 

Pyrography is an ancient and unusual art, traditionally the art of wood burning. The effect is achieved by scorching the surface to various depths of brown to produce a picture. It gives a similar impression to that of a pen and ink drawing, or an engraving, but is capable of additional subtle and beautiful effects. Indeed, anything that burns can be used as a substrate for this work and it has been executed on leather, velvet, cork, paper and glass.

Pyrography is frequently used in conjunction with wood carving in order to add depth to a piece. It can be used to create shadows or to bring out things such as hair or feathers. In Marquetry it can be used to add details such as facial features or perhaps, like carving, to show feathers or hair.

In this two day course, students will be introduced to some of the tools used in the pursuit of this artistic skill.  You will be given a number of exercises designed to teach different techniques and effects.

 

Class Dates (Saturday and Sunday) Oct. 19 and 20.

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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French Upholstery with Laurent Laine of l’Ecole Boulle – Special AUTUMN Course 2019

Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - October 21st until October 25th.

 

As a beginner’s course, this class starts the process for learning French Upholstery. The instructor will teach the basics of French upholstery, including the use of French materials (webbing, cord, etc.), tools, and methods (different approaches to measuring, stitching, etc.) ending with a basic buttoned footstool. The students are expected to have some upholstery experience in upholstery but not necessarily experience with French Upholstery. This course will also accommodate those with some experience in French Upholstery (those who have taken the beginning section). For this we will ask that you notify the school so we can discuss options. One is to produce a panel which includes all the basic stitching used in French upholstery other options might be to reupholster a French chair (e.g. a Louis XVI chair). We will have another course in October so you can do both an introductory and an ‘advanced’ session.

This class offers discounted rates for students and ICON members.

 

Class Dates (Monday to Friday):  Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

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French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes with Pierre-Alain Le Cousin – Special AUTUMN Course 2019 (5 days)

Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - October 21st until October 25th.

 

This very popular course is returning to The Wooburn Craft School. Taught by a leading Conservator – Restorer and teacher in France, Pierre-Alain Le Cousin, who will instruct students on the fine art of finishing decorative objects. Particular attention will be spent on French Polishing and the use of wax finishes. As a leading expert in the field of restoration and conservation, Pierre-Alain will be able to share with the students many techniques and insights that would be difficult to get elsewhere. In this course, he will discuss the basics (the ‘mouse’, the different types of shellacs, the different types of waxes), he will present different recipes for using shellac for varnishing, and for filling, different wax recipes, the use of resin based shellac for filling. This will be a very hands on course as Pierre-Alain, will show students how to apply the shellac and wax, how to apply black shellac and shellac for brasses. If times allows, Pierre-Alain will also demonstrate the use of painting techniques in restoration.

This class offers discounted rates for students and ICON members.

 

Class Dates (Monday to Friday): Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 27th until December 15th.

 

The idea of making pictures with coloured glass, balanced with shapes and rhythm has fascinated generations. This course will introduce students to this amazing craft. Students learn the handling of tools and materials. Developing confidence from straight lines to curves on coloured glass. Projects will introduce the students to the basic techniques such as to score (cut) glass safely, copperfoil and traditional leadwork. This is a hands on practical course, with aspects of design and soldering. As with the Applique technique the students will be able to develop their own design once they have mastered the basics. No previous experience in either art or stained glass is needed for this introduction – just a sense of play and adventure!

Advanced students are also welcome. Lilly will guide and facilitate the creative direction that they want to pursue.

Students are also expected to pay a material cost of  approximately £25.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8, 15 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00