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French Polishing and Woodcare for Beginners

Friday 6th May 2022, The Lookout Studio, The Base

This one day beginners workshop with Oliver Piepereit from OP Woodcare 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/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

Duration: 10am - 5pm

Materials: Participants should bring a small piece of furniture of their choice. All other materials are included.

Face Coverings

We kindly request that all visitors where face coverings when moving around the building (unless you are exempt). These can be removed during your session if you feel comfortable. As face coverings will no longer be mandatory, we will not be able to challenge those who choose not to wear one and we ask everyone to be kind and respectful to other visitors and our team.

All tickets must be booked in advance.

There is no need to print or collect a ticket as the team will have a record of those who have booked. Booking for workshops and courses close 24 hours before the start time. Please note 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.