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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 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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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..





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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