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Introduction to Gilding – five day intensive course

All that glitters here will be gold, real gold! Learn how to apply gold leaf to objects in this five day intensive masterclass with John Cross. John is a highly experienced cabinetmaker and furniture conservator, with a wealth of experience in gilding and in-depth knowledge of furniture history.

 

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Introduction to Marquetry – five day intensive course

Marquetry is the traditional craft of making pictures out of thin slices of timber veneer, or, more poetically, painting with wood. The technique was developed in the late seventeenth century in Europe and was brought to England by Huguenot craftsmen. It was, and still is, used to make highly decorative surfaces on tables, cabinets and chests.

 

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Project Upholstery – five day intensive course

Bring a chair and spend five days learning how to reupholster it. You will learn either traditional or modern upholstery techniques depending on the age and design of your chair.  Amanda will share a wealth of skill and knowledge of modern and historical craft techniques in this five day session.

 

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Modern Upholstery – five day intensive course

Learn modern upholstery techniques from a professional. Sharon Hennessy has run her own upholstery business for many years and is also a talented and experienced teacher. Bring a post-1950 chair to this five day class, and you will learn whatever skills you need to turn it into something glorious.

 

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Members Only Study Tour – Royal Household, Windsor Workshops – 17th July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Only Study Tour – Royal Household, Windsor Workshops – 17th July 2019

We are delighted to announce an exclusive Study Tour of the Royal Household Workshops at Home Park, Windsor on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th July 2019.    Delegates will be able to meet conservators from various disciplines in the workshops and there will be a Curator presentation of a recent project from the Royal Collection undertaken there.    Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so please contact Head Office as soon as possible to reserve a place.

NB: This tour is available to BAFRA members only (all grades) and will be free of charge.

 

The outline afternoon programme is as follows:

1:30pm Arrival and Welcome

1:40pm Introduction to the Workshops

1:50pm Tour of Workshops

Upholstery

Soft Furnishing

Gilding

Furniture

3:20pm Refreshments and discussions

3:45pm Conservator and Curator Presentation on a recent project (project to be announced nearer the time)

4:30 – 5pm Conclusion and departures

Members should note that the Frogmore Workshops are around a mile from the train station and Windsor Castle and there is very limited parking on site.   Head Office will liaise with delegates regarding transport arrangements to the workshops nearer the time.   Those wishing to attend will be required to provide ID (with photo and address) to Head Office by the end of June and take this with them on the day.

Please contact Head Office as soon a possible to reserve your place on what will be a very interesting tour.

 

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Japanning Day – Saturday 13th April 2019 – NOW CHANGED TO 27th APRIL 2019

The date has now been changed to 27th April but places are all allocated.  Please do keep an eye in the website or register your interest with Head Office as it is hoped to repeat the day either later this year or early next!

Japanning

A practical course in Japanning. The European equivalent to the oriental Chinese and Japanese lacquer. (Urushi)

Outcomes

The day is designed to offer the attendee a practical insight into the art of Japanning and other European equivalents in comparison to the much and more refined Chinese and Japanese lacquer otherwise known as Urushi. The attendee will leave with a competent knowledge of Japanning and have the confidence to extend this further if they choose to.

How the knowledge will be delivered

Starting with a brief history of Lacquer and Japanning, the attendee will then have a hands-on experience in producing a Japanned panel. From preparing the background, decorating with raised gesso motifs and figures or landscape scenery, applying gold and silver leaf and bronze powders and inkwork to define the decoration.

Objective

All attendees will produce a finished Japanned panel to take away with them (similar to the above image).

It is advised that attendees should bring a notebook and pencil and casual clothing or an apron (and lunch!)

Please click here for more information

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Clock Study Day

CLOCK STUDY DAY

BAFRA are pleased to confirm their next study day which will focus on the conservation, restoration and care of clocks.  Taking place at the workshops of Richard Higgins Conservation near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the day will be very much hands on and lead by Richard Higgins, Life member Adrian Smith and Jim Broughton.

Full details can be found on our news page here

Tickets are as follows:

Accredited                  Free of Charge

BAFRA Members        £10

Non-members            £20

 

Numbers are strictly limited so book your place quickly by contacting Head Office – headoffice@bafra.org.uk or 01939 210826.

 

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Frederick Parker Collection Study Day

Dr. John Cross and Christopher Claxton Stevens will be our hosts for the BAFRA Study Day at the Frederick Parker Chair Collection, housed at the London Metropolitan University’s Archives and Special Collections Gallery, Old Castle Street, London E1.

The study day will give delegates the rare opportunity to tour the collection of around 200 British chairs to close-study and discuss some of the most interesting historic chairs of specific interest on the theme of restoration and design.

For full details please click here

 

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Chippendale Study Day

BAFRA will be holding an exclusive event to join in with the celebration of 300 years of Thomas Chippendale. Our study day will be hosted by renowned experts Dr. Adam Bowett and James Lomax, co-curators of the Leeds City Museum major exhibition that explores Chippendale’s life, work and legacy. The day combines lectures, a guided tour of the exhibition and a visit to Temple Newsam House with its fine furniture collections.

For full details please click here

 

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Colouring Clinic

BAFRA are pleased to confirm their next training day will be held by Jim Broughton and his colleague Mark Pargeter of “Alexander George Fine Antique Furniture Ltd” on the 4th November 2017
Following on from their previously well attended colouring days, accredited member Jim and Mark will be holding a “Colouring Clinic” at their workshops in Oxfordshire.

Delegates will bring along a small object (chair , small table, box etc) that require help with the finishing process. We will cover all aspects of the finishing / colouring process as required.

The day will be very informal, starting at 10.00 am and finish at 4.30 pm and you will need to bring your own lunch.

The cost to BAFRA Accredited members is free, all other membership categories £10 with £50 for members of the public.

Jim is a commercial antique restorer / conservator with over thirty five years at the bench and is an accredited BAFRA member. He started his career as an apprentice cabinet maker aged sixteen and then moved into restoration shortly after, working for the renowned Witney Antiques for many years. For the last twenty-five years, Jim has run his own business and has taught many Students along the way, including teaching one day a week at the old Rycotewood College in Thame, Oxfordshire. His most recent trainee (and now business partner) Mark Pargeter has been with Jim for ten years now and is a highly skilled restorer in his own right.. Jim and Mark will demonstrate colouring techniques which they use every day in the commercial restoration of antique furniture. This will include the use of acid, bleach, water colours and earth pigments. Students will then have the opportunity to try out these techniques. Materials will be provided but if you have your own colouring kit, please bring it along (it is always interesting to see what other people use).

Venue:

Wisteria Studios, Littleworth, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN78ED

PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE DIRECT WITH HEAD OFFICE – 01939 210826 or email headoffice@bafra.org.uk

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Gilded Frame Restoration Day

The day will incorporate basic frame restoration and touching on more complex mould making for more advanced restoration and will cover restoring new areas in gold leaf (if the frame is gilded!).

It will be advisable for attendees to bring their own small damaged frames to work on.

All materials will be available on the day.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Parking is free on Saturdays!

ALL BOOKINGS TO BE MADE VIA HEAD OFFICE – 01939 210826 or headoffice@bafra.org.uk

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Konig repair course- Part two

This course will cover repairs to lacquer as well as queries regarding surfaces brought in by attendees. For anyone who has experience of using this system it will allow questions to be raised about any problems to the course trainer, Richard Iles. Lunch will be provided.

All booking should be through BAFRA Head Office.

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RESTORING KEYBOARD INSTRUMENT CASES with Bruce Luckhurst

BAFRA TRAINING DAY AT  THE PIANO SHOP, ERIDGE, KENT by kind permission of Nigel Scaife and in conjunction with The Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education (The Richard Burnett Heritage Collection). 

SYLLABUS

  • FINE TUNING TOOLS FOR RESTORATION – Moulding, rebate and block planes. Cranked (dog leg) and paring chisels.
  • RESTORING SPLIT, CUPPED OR WARPED PANELS – Jigs and techniques.
  • CONSOLIDATING AND REPAIRING GROUNDWORK
  • REVIVING AND RESTORING COATINGS

 Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee and Registration 10.00 a.m.  

Please bring any restoration tools that require tuning and projects for discussion/ advice.

 

Contact BAFRA Head office to enrol

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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Veneering, Marquetry & Inlay

Philip Hodge£435.00

Learn how to lay veneers, make & fit stringlines, inlay and marquetry. Veneering materials and projects are included in the course price. If you have veneered items that you would like to restore then please book onto a Furniture Restoration Course.

On this 5 day course you will work on 2 projects

On the first project you will:

  •  Bookmatch veneer a panel
  • Make & fit crossbanding
  • Fit a stringline
  • Make & fit an inlay to a supplied design or if you prefer to your own design

On the second project you will

  • Quarter veneer a panel
  • Make a marquetry panel to a supplied design, or if you prefer to your own design.
  • Fit marquetry panel to panel

All materials and tools will be provided within the cost of the course which runs alongside a Cabinet Making course

 

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