Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill
East Sussex RH15 0SJ
18 – 19 August 2018
Skill Level : Beginner
Cost : £250
Duration : 2 Days
Other : Students should bring small items of furniture to work on
This course is designed as a practical introduction to the care of antique furniture. It will cover specific areas of restoration which may reasonably be performed at home with few tools and without the need of a workshop or woodworking experience.
Students are requested to bring a maximum of three smallish pieces to work on. These will be discussed and advice and guidance given on how to approach their restoration. Time is set aside each day for students to work on their own pieces and it should be possible for this to include practising the use of many of the techniques covered during the course.
As this is a two day course it is likely that individual pieces will have to be completed at home. The aim is for the course to be practical, very informative and enjoyable.
What You Will Learn
Re gluing loose joints and re-laying loose veneers
Glues to be used on antique furniture – preparation and use
Cleaning of old surfaces – A controlled approach to cleaning, including the reduction of stains and water marks
A basic guide to the making and application of shellac and wax polishes
Cleaning brass/ormolu mounts and fittings
The oxidation and colouring of new brass fittings
Woodworm – its life cycle and treatment
The day to day care of antique furniture