Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill
East Sussex RH15 0SJ
19 – 23 August 2019
5 days duration
General Course Content
This course is appropriate for both the complete beginner, and the more experienced restorer or furniture maker, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or would like to look at a new approach to an old subject. Whilst this course is described as “Traditional” hand finishing, it is in fact hand finishing using mainly traditional materials, but with an up-to-date slant. The methods that I teach for ‘French Polishing’ use simplified techniques which have evolved in our workshops over the years and make the process very approachable and less confusing.
All aspects of finishing wood will be covered, from the initial preparation, to final waxing. Test panels will be provided so that all of the techniques can initially be practiced in safety! These panels may also be taken away and used for later reference.
Students are also encouraged to bring along one or two smaller items of their own work that they have made or are restoring, or timbers / veneers that they are intending to use, and advice may then be given on designing appropriate finishing systems for them.
The aim of this course is that students will emerge with a thorough understanding of the principles of finishing, and a good grasp of various hand finishing techniques together with the confidence to use them.
- Preparing wood for finishing
- Colouring – using stains
- Colouring – using chemicals
- Grain filling – traditional and modern methods and materials
- Filling minor defects – various fillers and techniques for using them
- Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
- Polish – making shellac & wax polish
- Polishing – shellac “French polishing”
- Modern polishing materials including heat resistant systems
- Dealing with water damage and unwanted stains/marks