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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 planning a series of week long classes this summer (2018). Please write and we will keep you in formed of the classes. We are currently planning on classes in French Upholstery, Traditional Finishes, Colouring Techniques, Using Machines in Wood Carving, and Seat Caning and Rushing. Watch this space!!!!

Machine Carving With Simon Clement- SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 02 until July 07 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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.

 

Book Now - From £300.00



French Upholstery with Laurent Laine of l’Ecole Boulle – SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 09 until July 13 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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.

 

Book Now - From £375.00



French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes with Pierre-Alain Le Cousin – SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 09 until July 13 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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.

 

Book Now - From £375.00



Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 16 until July 20 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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.

This class offers a discounted rate for ICON members.

 

Book Now - From £275.00



Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth- SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 23 until July 27 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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.

 

Book Now - From £275.00



Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD (Introduction) – SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

July 30 until August 03 from 9am to 4pm.

 

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 conceptualize 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.

In this summer course, a special emphasis can be placed on furniture or decorative arts design elements such as a shell, an acanthus leaf, a ball and claw foot, etc.

This class offers a discounted rate for ICON members.

 

Book Now - From £275.00