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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!!!!



Weekday Daytime Classes

Upholstery with Kat Lyons – Monday SUMMER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Monday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - March 30th until June 22nd.

 

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 all using tradition upholstery techniques hair and stitched seats with webbing and springs (We do suggest you 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 (every Monday): Mar. 30, Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, Jun. 1, 8, 15, 22 (no classes on School Holidays).

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





Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Wednesday SUMMER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 22 until July 1.

 

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 (every OTHER Wednesday): Apr. 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17, July 1 (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 Kat Lyons – Thursday SUMMER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 23rd until July 2nd.

 

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 (every Thursday): Apr. 23, 30, May. 7, 14, 21, Jun. 4, 11, 18, Jul. 2 (no classes on School Holidays).

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





French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes with Nicolas Pinon – Special SUMMER Course 2020 (5 days)

Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - July 6th until 10th.

 

This very popular course is returning to The Wooburn Craft School. Taught by a leading Conservator – Restorer and teacher in France, Nicolas Pinon, 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, Nicolas 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 Nicolas, will show students how to apply the shellac and wax, how to apply black shellac and shellac for brasses. If times allows, Nicolas will also demonstrate the use of painting techniques in restoration.

This class offers discounted rates for students and ICON members.

 

Class Dates (Monday to Friday): Jul. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £395.00



Marquetry (Introduction) with Paul Tear, MBE – Special SUMMER Course 2020 (5 sessions)

Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - July 13th until July 17th.

 

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.

 

Class dates (Monday to Friday): July 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £325.00



Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD (Introduction) – Special SUMMER Course 2020 (5 days)

Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - July 20th until July 24th.

 

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.

 

Class Dates (Monday to Friday):  Jul. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £275.00