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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!!!!



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

Every Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 7th until March 18th.

 

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)Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 8th until March 19th.

 

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): Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 9th until March 20th.

 

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 £75 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

 

Class Dates (every Wednesday): Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Home School Program – Wood Carving – Thursday WINTER 2019 (8 sessions)

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 11th until March 8th.

 

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 Thursday): Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 7 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday WINTER 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 10th until March 21st.

 

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): Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Thursday WINTER 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 10th until March 21st.

 

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 Thursday): Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 8, 14, 21 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Home School Program – Stained Glass – Friday WINTER 2019 (8 sessions)

Every Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 11th until March 8th.

 

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): Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, Mar. 1, 8 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All Stained Glass classes start at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 12th until March 23rd.

 

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): Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, 23 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 12th until March 23th.

 

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): Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, 23 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 13th until March 24th.

 

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): Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, 24 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 16th until March 27th.

 

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 OTHER Saturday): Jan. 16, 30, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, 27 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Saturday WINTER 2019 (5 sessions)

Every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 19th until March 30th.

 

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): Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, 16, 30 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 19th until March 30th.

 

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.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, 16, 30 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Sunday WINTER 2019 (5 sessions)

Every other Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 20th until March 31st.

 

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 Sunday): Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, 17, 31 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday WINTER 2019 (5 sessions)

Every other Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 20th until March 31st.

 

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.

 

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!!!

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday):  Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, 17, 31 (no classes on School Holidays).

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





Home School Program – Pyrography – Thursday WINTER 2019

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except during school holidays) - March 14th until May 30th.

 

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 Thursday): Mar. 14, 21, 28, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Home School Program – Jewellery Making – Friday WINTER 2019 (8 sessions)

Every Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - March 15th until May 31st.

 

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): Mar. 15, 22, 29, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



Seat Caning and Rushing – Special Easter Class

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 1 April - 5 April 2019.

In this week-long class you will learn how to cane a chair seat or back using the standard six-way pattern.

Students need to bring their own piece of furniture which must be suitable for caning. It should have one or more panels with regularly spaced holes going all the way through the frame. Any repairs should be complete before caning, as well as cleaning, painting or French polishing. A trapezium shaped bedroom chair is suitable for beginners.

We will be looking at different shaped panels and the challenges they offer, preparation, weaving the pattern with cane, and methods of finishing the edges.

Other students may want to learn how to rush a chair. So, there will also be an opportunity to weave a rush seat using English rush in the ‘envelope’ pattern. A small bedroom chair or stool is suitable. The piece should have solid rails around the seat with raised corners. A drop-in seat is not recommended for beginners.

For those with experience of cane seating there will be an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques such as to do blind or double caning, to work a sun rise or medallion shape, to perform hexagonal weave or close caning.

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.

Book Now - From £275.00



Pyrography Easter 2019

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 6-7 April 2019.

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.

Book Now - From £170.00



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

Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 24th until July 3rd.

 

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 £75 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

 

Class Dates (every Wednesday): Apr. 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, Jun. 5, 12, 19, 26, Jul. 3 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 24th until June 19th.

 

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 OTHER Saturday): Apr. 24, May. 8, 22, Jun. 5, 19 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 27th until June 22th.

 

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): Apr. 27, May. 11, 25, Jun. 8, 22 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 27th until June 22nd.

 

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): Apr. 27, May. 11, 25, Jun. 8, 22 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 28th until June 23rd.

 

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): Apr. 28, May. 12, 26, Jun. 9, 23 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 29th until July 1st.

 

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): Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, Jun. 3, 10, 17, 24, Jul. 1 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £100.00



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

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 30th until July 2nd.

 

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): Apr. 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, Jun. 4, 11, 18, 25, Jul. 2 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Thursday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 2nd until July 4th.

 

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 Thursdasy): May. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jun. 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul. 4 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 2nd until July 4th.

 

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): May. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jun. 6, 13, 20, 27, July. 4 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 4th until June 29th.

 

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.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): May. 4, 18, Jun. 1, 15, 29 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Saturday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 4th until June 29th.

 

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): May 4, 18, Jun. 1, 15, 29 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 5th until June 30th.

 

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.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday):  May 5, 19, Jun. 2, 16, 30 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Sunday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 5th until June 30th.

 

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 Sunday): May. 5, 19, Jun. 2, 16, 30 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Marquetry (Introduction) with Paul Tear, MBE – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 sessions)

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 1st until July 5th.

Marquetry is frequently called the art of ‘painting with wood’. And indeed it is, as furniture makers and artists have been using this technique to produce beautiful pictures with wood for hundreds of years. Examples can be seen in many 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces of furniture. The course will concentrate on the saw cut marquetry techniques used in the 18th century by using two exercises; the Boulle technique, using brass and pigmented horn. A floral design in wood veneers using, the piece by piece method. There will also be the opportunity for the participants to use a marquetry donkey and electric scroll saw.

Each day will begin with a short lecture then; a series of group demonstrations will be given on the techniques and procedures for each project. Each participant will carry out the two exercises, working at their own pace; the exercises will get progressively more complex as the week progresses.

Each participant should at the end of the week have two marquetry panels attached to brown paper for ease of transport, which they can glue onto a substrate of their choice following the course.  Of course, if time permits, these can be glued to a substrait in the class.

The tutor, Paul Tear, MBE,  has been working with marquetry furniture for well over 35 years. First he was the head of conservation at The Wallace Collection, then course leader of the Furniture Conservation Course at Bucks New University in High Wycombe. During that time, one of his primary specialties has been in the restoration and creation of marquetry furniture and design.

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Machine Carving with Simon Clement – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 sessions)

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 1st until July 5th.

 

Sometimes a carver wants to make a big statement with their craft, but it would take way too much time to remove the timber with just a chisel and mallet. At other times, you need to create a particular pattern or texture to the surface that traditional tools cannot provide. At these times and at other times when the traditional approaches simply do not work, the carver needs to consider using more mechanized approaches to carving using such tools as Arbortech, Sabour or Rotarex. This course represents an opportunity for carvers with some experience to get familiar with these very versatile tools. Ideally the student should have some experience of using power tools and be confident when handling tools that rotate at high speed such as power drills and angle grinders. The course will cover the marking out and shaping of the shallow bowl, Hollowing with the power tools, Exterior shaping with power tools and carving disks and Finishing with power sanders and carving chisels. The end result will be making shallow trencher type bowl in lime using a variety of Rotarex, Sabur and other power carving disks in 4” angle grinders and using “Arbourtech” mini power carving tools.

Power tools, disks and materials will be supplied but please bring your own safety equipment such as anti vibration gloves, eye protection Visor, dust mask, aprons or smocks and ear defenders (the school can get these for the students at an additional cost.)

This class offers a discounted rate for ICON members.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Jul. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

 

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Introduction to Marquetry Summer 2019

1 July to 5 July 2019 - from 9:00 am to 4:00pm each day

Marquetry is frequently called the art of ‘painting with wood’. And indeed it is, as furniture makers and artists have been using this technique to produce beautiful pictures with wood for hundreds of years. Examples can be seen in many 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces of furniture. The course will concentrate on the saw cut marquetry techniques used in the 18th century by using two exercises; the Boulle technique, using brass and pigmented horn and a floral design in wood veneers using, the piece by piece method. There will also be the opportunity for the participants to use a marquetry donkey and electric scroll saw.

Each day will begin with a short talk then; a series of group demonstrations will be given on the techniques and procedures for each project. Each participant will carry out the two exercises, working at their own pace; the exercises will get progressively more complex as the week progresses.

Each participant should at the end of the week have two marquetry panels attached to brown paper for ease of transport, which they can glue onto a substrate of their choice following the course.  Of course, if time permits, these can be glued to a substrait in the class.

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Pyrography – Special Summer Class 2019

Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 6 to 7 July 2019.

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.

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Machine Wood Carving with Simon Clement – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 sessions)

Every day from 9am to 4pm - July 15th until July 19th.

Sometimes a carver wants to make a big statement with their craft, but it would take way too much time to remove the timber with just a chisel and mallet. At other times, you need to create a particular pattern or texture to the surface that traditional tools cannot provide. At these times and at other times when the traditional approaches simply do not work, the carver needs to consider using more mechanized approaches to carving using such tools as Arbortech, Sabour or Rotarex. This course represents an opportunity for carvers with some experience to get familiar with these very versatile tools. Ideally the student should have some experience of using power tools and be confident when handling tools that rotate at high speed such as power drills and angle grinders. The course will cover the marking out and shaping of the shallow bowl, Hollowing with the power tools, Exterior shaping with power tools and carving disks and Finishing with power sanders and carving chisels. The end result will be making shallow trencher type bowl in lime using a variety of Rotarex, Sabur and other power carving disks in 4” angle grinders and using “Arbourtech” mini power carving tools.

Power tools, disks and materials will be supplied but please bring your own safety equipment such as anti vibration gloves, eye protection Visor, dust mask, aprons or smocks and ear defenders (the school can provide eye protection and ear defenders other items can be provided at an additional cost.)





Advanced Wood Carving – Circular Mirror Frame – Summer 2019

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 15 to 19 July 2019.

This is a five-day carving course, for those with some experience in woodcarving. The exciting undertaking will be to carve a Ball and Bellflower motif onto a circular mirror frame. The wood will be lime and the carving is designed to be done with an assortment of carving tools (including a number of number 2 chisels, a skew and a V-tool). While all tools will be provided students, everyone is welcome to bring their own tools.

In this class, the mirror frame will come as a blank with the basic design routed out; this means the carving depth will be set and students need to do a minimal amount of edge shaping before commencing the more important aspect – the carving. The course will begin with an explanation of this historic importance of the design and end with painting and finishing the frame and pinning the mirror in place.

 

Note there will be a material charge of £25 or less – paid directly to the tutor.

 

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Seat Caning and Rushing with Susan Brewster – Special Summer Course 2019

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 29th July - 2nd August 2019.

In this week-long class you will learn how to cane a chair seat or back using the standard six-way pattern.

Students need to bring their own piece of furniture which must be suitable for caning. It should have one or more panels with regularly spaced holes going all the way through the frame. Any repairs should be complete before caning, as well as cleaning, painting or French polishing. A trapezium shaped bedroom chair is suitable for beginners.

We will be looking at different shaped panels and the challenges they offer, preparation, weaving the pattern with cane, and methods of finishing the edges.

Other students may want to learn how to rush a chair. So, there will also be an opportunity to weave a rush seat using English rush in the ‘envelope’ pattern. A small bedroom chair or stool is suitable. The piece should have solid rails around the seat with raised corners. A drop-in seat is not recommended for beginners.

For those with experience of cane seating there will be an opportunity to learn more advanced techniques such as to do blind or double caning, to work a sun rise or medallion shape, to perform hexagonal weave or close caning.

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.

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Advanced Wood Carving – The Three ages of the Acanthus Leaf – Summer 2019

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - 5 to 9 August 2019.

In this special class, the tutor Simon Clements will introduce the students to that exceptional design element – the acanthus leaf.  Seen on many pieces of decoration through out the ancient Greece, to the renaissance, through to modern pieces of furniture, learning to carve this design element is important to all carvers.  In this course, students will select one of two versions of the acanthus leaf to carve either a gothic or classical Greek.  Most students will then have time to complete the carving of the second piece. There will also be presentations and discussions on the differences between the different styles of the Acanthus leaf as it evolved through history and how important it was to design.

As with all carving courses, chisels will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring their own tools.  There will be a small materials charge (less than £25) paid directly to the teacher at the end of the course.

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