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Craft Class Schedule

We currently offer weekend classes for furniture restoration, wood working, upholstery, stained glass jewellery making and wood carving, Tuesday and Thursday evening classes in wood carving and courses in wood working on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All classes cost £250, 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 next summer (2017).  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!!!!

French Upholstery with Laurant Laine of Ecole Boulle – October

Monday 23-Oct 2017 thru Friday 27-Oct 2017 4 pm.

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 accomidate those some experience with French Upholstery (those who have taken the begining section.  For this we will ask that you notify the school and 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 (23 – 27  October) so  you can do both an introductory and an ‘advanced’ session.

Book Now - £375.00

French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes

Monday 23-Oct 2017 thru Friday 27-Oct 2017 4 pm.

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 discounts for students and for members of ICON.  Please contact us if you fall in either of these two categories.

 

NOTE THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL PLEASE CONTACT ERNEST RIALL AT INFO@THEWOOBURNCRAFTSCHOOL.COM TO PUT YOUR NAME ON THE WAITING LIST.

 

 

Book Now - £375.00

Mosaic Art Taster Class November

From 9 am to 4 pm 26 November 2017

If you have ever fancied having a go at mosaic but don’t know where to start – we hava a suggestion!  We are offering taster days for Mosaic Art this November – just in time to make tile Christmas presents! These One day classes will be held specifically to give you a chance to see what this traditional artistic endevour is all about.

You will be introduced to basic mosaic design, mosaic tools, choosing and cutting materials, adhesives and grouting. We will start you with a small, simple piece of work of your chosing.  The tutor has a large collection of images/books for inspiration and a great selection of glass materials for making your mosaic.

Beginners are welcome – students don’t have to be an amazing artists to create beautiful pieces of mosaic art!  And these taster days are just the way to demonstrate this to you.

If you enjoy these classes you are encouraged to join us in the Autumn for our full series of classes.

This taster days will be all day (from 9 am to 4 pm) on  December 26  – At the Wooburn Craft School, Ltd.  near Bourne End.  The cost is only £50 plus materials (Probably less than £10).

 

Book Now - £50.00

Saturday Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD Winter

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Saturday; Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 3, March 3, March 17

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 develope an understanding wood, how to use the basic tools, and how to conceptualize a final wood carving goal then 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:   Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 3, March 3, March 17.

All classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Introduction to Jewelry Making – Winter Saturdays

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Saturday; Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 3, March 3, March 17.

The instructor for this class is Candase 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.

Note that more advanced students are also welcome.  You can join us, with the tutors advanced knowledge and she will both guide and facilitate the successfull completion of your project.

This course will run every other Saturday:  Jan 6, Jan 20, Feb 3, March 3, March 17.

Each class will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Introduction to Stained Glass Sunday Winter

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Sunday - Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, March 4, March 18.

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 and 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 student 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 you want to pursue.

 

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Class Dates:  Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, March 4, March 18

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

 

Book Now - £250.00

Mosaic Art – Winter Sunday

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Sunday from Jan 7 to March 18 (excluding School Holidays)

Five whole days of doing mosaic – fabulous! If you have ever fancied having a go at mosaic but don’t know where to start….this is an ideal opportunity to get lost in a project!

You will learn about basic mosaic design, mosaic tools, choosing and cutting materials, adhesives and grouting. We will start with a small, simple piece of work and progress to a bigger project as the week goes on. The pace of work depends on the materials and the amount of detail you choose. The tutor has a large collection of images/books for inspiration and a great selection of glass materials for making your mosaic.

Beginners are very welcome – nor do students have to bean amazing artists to create beautiful pieces of mosaic art! The completed project will give students a great sense of achievement and they will have a beautiful work of art to decorate their home or garden.

Advanced students are also welcome; the tutor will guide and help facilitate your custom designed work of mosaic art.

These classes will run every other Sunday starting October 1, 2017.  Specifically the dates are:

Jan 7, Jan 21, Feb 4, March 4, March 18 .  (please note that the courses will not be conducted on school holidays)  Each class will run from 9 am to 4 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Introduction to Woodworking – Winter Monday

From 6 pm to 9 pm, every Monday; Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5 Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5, March 12, March 19.

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:  Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5 Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5, March 12, March 19.

All classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Winter Tuesday

From 6 pm to 9 pm, every Tuesday; Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20.

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 develope an understanding wood, how to use the basic tools, and how to conceptualize a final wood carving goal then how to reach that goal.  More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

 

This course will run for 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 18:00 to 21:00.

Class Dates:  Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20.

Book Now - £250.00

Intermediate/Advanced Woodworking – Winter Wednesday

From 6 pm to 9 pm, every Wed; Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 21, Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21

While building on the basic skills learned in the first course, it is also suitable for students with some basic woodworking 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 woodworking 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:  Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 21, Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21.

All classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD Winter Thursday

From 6 pm to 9 pm, every Thursday; Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22.

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 develope an understanding wood, how to use the basic tools, and how to conceptualize a final wood carving goal then how to reach that goal.  More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

Class runs for 10 consecutive Thursday nights each running from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Class Dates:  Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22.

Book Now - £250.00

Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Winter Saturday

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Saturday; Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10, March 24

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  and tools can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply)   These will run every OTHER Saturday from 09:00 to 16:00. 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:  Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10, March 24.

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

 

Book Now - £250.00

Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Saturday Winter

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Monday Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10, March 24.

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  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:  Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10, March 24

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

 

Note there will be no classes on School holidays.

Book Now - £250.00

Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Winter Sunday

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Sunday - Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 25, March 11, March 25.

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)   These will run every OTHER Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00. 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:  Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 25, March 11, March 25.

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Sunday Winter

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Sunday Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 25, March 11, March 25.

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  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:  Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 25, March 11, March 25

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Note there will be no classes on School holidays.

Book Now - £250.00

Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Monday Winter

From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Monday Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 26, March 12, March 26.

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  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:  Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 26, March 12, March 26.

Class Times:  All Classes start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Book Now - £250.00

Pyrography Taster Class January

From 9 am to 4 pm Monday 22 January 2018

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.

This offering is a one day introduction to this great art.  For one day, you will learn the basics and you will walk away with a small object.

Book Now - £50.00