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French Polishing and Woodcare for Beginners

Friday 8th Oct 2021, The Lookout Studio, The Base

A polished wooden jewellery box with floral detail engraved on the lid.

This one day beginners workshop with Oliver Piepereit from OP Woodcraft is designed to give you the fundamental basics of French polishing and woodcare.

You will have a hands on day leaving learning the vital practical skills needed to refinish furniture recreationally. Each student will have a design consultation with the tutor before executing it on a small piece of furniture of their choice.

The French Polishing process allows for the piece of furniture to be revived and reinstated to its former beauty. Appreciating the artistry and craftsmanship in each piece of furniture makes the job of restoring a piece even more exciting and most therapeutic.

Skills and techniques covered:
1. Health & Safety
2. Materials and tools needed
3. Stripping and neutralising
4. Sanding/removing residue
5. Grain fillers
6. Staining
7. Shellacs/French Polishing process
8. Shellac process
9. Touching in
10. Cutting back techniques
11. Rubbering – how to make and keep a rubber
12. Wire wools
13. Spirit wax application/buffing – quick fix
14. Aftercare

This workshop will take place in person at The Base.

Duration: 10am - 5pm

Participants must bring a small piece of furniture of their choice. All other materials are included.

This workshop will take place in person at The Base.

Booking closes 24 hours before the course start time. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum numbers are not met. If we are not able to run a workshop you will be informed three working days ahead of the course or workshop start date.