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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!!!!

Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 14 until June 23, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 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 with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): April 14, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Introduction to Jewelry Making – Saturday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 14 until June 23, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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.

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

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): April 14, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Introduction to Stained Glass – Sunday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 15 until June 24, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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): April 15, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Mosaic Art – Sunday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 15 until June 24, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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 be 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.

 

Class dates (every OTHER Sunday): April 15, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Introduction to Wood Working – Monday SPRING 2018 (10 sessions)

April 16 until June 18, every Monday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

 

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): April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Tuesday SPRING 2018 (10 sessions)

April 17 until June 19, every Tuesday from 6 pm to 9 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.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): April 17, April 24, May1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Intermediate/Advanced Wood Working – Wednesday SPRING 2018 (10 sessions)

April 18 until June 20, every Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

 

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

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

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

 

Class Dates (every Wednesday): April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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

April 19 until June 21, every Thursday from 6 pm to 9 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 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): April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 21 until June 16, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (we do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).  All materials  and tools 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): April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Saturday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 21 until June 16, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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): April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 22 until June 17, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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

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

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

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £250.00

Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Sunday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 22 until June 17, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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): April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

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Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Monday SPRING 2018 (5 sessions)

April 23 until June 18, every OTHER Monday from 9 am to 4 pm.

 

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 Monday): April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18 (no classes on School Holidays).

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

Book Now - From £250.00