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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!!!!



Upholstrey with Kat Lyons Autumn 2020 – Monday

Every Monday from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 7 Sept to 16 Nov.

In this exciting course, Kat will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers. All types of projects are possible everything from simple drop in seats to complex buttoning using only tradition techniques hair and stitched seats with webbing and springs (We urge all students  to send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school at least 2 weeks before the start of the term). Obviously, the skill and experience level of the student will guide what is an acceptable project.

All base materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply at the end of the course – the students will be provided materials at a discounted price – an estimate of the material costs can be provided once a photo of the piece is provided). The top cover can also be ordered through the tutor (students will receive a 10% discount on fabric orders.)  Tools will be provided by the tutor for the duration of the class.  If students do want to purchase tools, they, again, can order them through the tutor at a discount.  Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

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Class Dates All classes are on Monday 7, 14, 21, 28 Sept, 5, 12, 19 Oct, 2, 9, 16 Nov(no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m..





Beginning Woodworking Autumn 2020

Every Monday from 6 pm to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 7 Sept to 16 Nov.

In addition to working as a successful cabinet maker, Will Streule has run the Missenden School of Creative Arts and prior to that he taught at Reading College has designed this course 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.

Please note that we will not provide refunds if you withdraw less than two weeks before the start dated, unless we are able to fill the slot with another student.

 

Class Dates (every Monday): 7, 14, 21, 28 Sept, 5, 12, 19 Oct, 2, 9, 16 Nov (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Woodcarving Tuesday Evening Autumn 2020

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 8 Sept - 17 Nov.

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.

Please note:  no refunds will be given if canceled 2 weeks or less before the class are scheduled to start.

Class Dates (every Tuesday): 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept 6, 13, 20 Oct, 3, 10 17 Nov

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

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Upholstery with Kat Lyons Autumn 2020 Thursday

Every Thursday from 10 Sept to 19 Nov (except school holidays) All classes run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

In this exciting course, Kat will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers. All types of projects are possible everything from simple drop in seats to complex buttoning using only tradition techniques hair and stitched seats with webbing and springs (We urge all students  to send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school at least 2 weeks before the start of the term). Obviously, the skill and experience level of the student will guide what is an acceptable project.

All base materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply at the end of the course – the students will be provided materials at a discounted price – an estimate of the material costs can be provided once a photo of the piece is provided). The top cover can also be ordered through the tutor (students will receive a 10% discount on fabric orders.)  Tools will be provided by the tutor for the duration of the class.  If students do want to purchase tools, they, again, can order them through the tutor at a discount.  Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

 

 

Class Dates All classes are on Thursday  10, 17, 24 Sept, 1, 8, 15, 22 Oct, 5, 12, 19 Nov (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m..

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Wood Carving Thursday Evenings Autumn 2020

Every Thursday from 10 Sept to 19 Nov (except school holidays) All classes run from 6pm to 9:00 pm

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.

Please note:  no refunds will be given if canceled 2 weeks or less before the class are scheduled to start.

Class Dates (every Thursday): 10, 17, 24 Sept, 1, 8, 15, 22 Oct, 5, 12, 19 Nov.

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

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Furniture Restoration Autumn 2020 with Phil Lyons

Every Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 11 Sept to 20 Nov.

In this course, Phil 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.  Imagine the great feeling one gets from developing the hand skills needed to turn a warn piece of furniture into a thing of beauty.

With over 15 years experience running a very successful restoration business, Phil has most recently been honoured with full accreditation by BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restoration Association).  This means that Phil has proven himself to meet their very high standards in the restoration of antiques.

 

Class Dates:  11, 18, 25 Sept, 2, 9, 16, 23 Oct, 6, 13, 20 Nov

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m..





Chair Seating Club Autumn 2020

The First Friday of every month beginning with 4th of September. Each session starts at 2:00 pm and ends at 6:00pm

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):

Class Times: All classes start at 2:00pm and ends at 6:00pm

Cost:  £10 per hour

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Wood Carving Saturday Autumn 2020

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 12 Sept - 14 Nov.

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.

Please note:  no refunds will be given if canceled 2 weeks or less before the class are scheduled to start.

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): 12, 26 Sept., 10, 24 Oct., 14 Nov.

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

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Jewellery Making Autumn 2020 Saturday Classes

Every OTHER Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 19 Sept - 21 Nov.

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.

Please note:  no refunds will be given if canceled 2 weeks or less before the class are scheduled to start.

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): 19 Sept.3, 17  Oct. 7, 21 Nov.(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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Jewellery Making Wednesday Autumn 2020

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - 30 Sept - 25 Nov..

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.

Please note:  no refunds will be given if canceled 2 weeks or less before the class are scheduled to start.

 

Class Dates:  30 Sept., 14, 28 Oct., 11, 25 Nov.

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

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Stained Glass Autumn 2020

Oct.11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6. (no classes on School Holidays), All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

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: Oct.11, 25, November 8, 22, December 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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Two Day Introduction to Leather Work Autumn 2020

Sat/Sun 31-Oct to 1-Nov. from 9:30 to 4:30

Leather is one of the most amazing materials to work with.  Two Our Two-day introduction workshop is aimed at beginners interested in gaining a good basic understanding of the leather working skills & techniques used in making a variety of small leather goods.

Over the two days, you’ll be making 2 or 3 items, such a card holder, keyrings and a belt or a coin purse, (specific items can be chosen on the day.) These will show you the different skills and techniques required for leatherworking.

During the course,  you will cover the following:

  • Different types of leathers and its uses
  • Tanneries and suppliers
  • Understanding the process of making leather goods
  • Intro to pattern making.
  • Cutting – Dying – Stitching and finishing the leather.
  • Beveling – Creasing – Burnishing and other skills
  • Leather after care
  • General Q/A

You will be shown traditional methods and techniques which you will then use to make your own items and take them home. The skills and techniques learnt will help jump start your leather working journey, in addition to all tools and materials to use during the workshop along with course notes and information including recommended reading and a list of suppliers, with an option to purchase a full beginners kit to take home with you.

 

This class will be offered on 31- Oct to 1 Nov. from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Please note there will be a material charge on the last day.  This will be approximately £25 paid directy to the tutor.

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