Restoration of Antique Furniture, Frames & Sculptures
During this course you will be guided through the restoration of your own piece of furniture, frame or wooden artefact in need of repairs. Enrolment can be done at any time and no previous experience is required. There are two courses on Saturdays: morning sessions from 10am to 1pm and afternoons from 3 to 6pm during the months of February, March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Course Gilding Wood
This course teaches you the basic techniques of water gilding. It takes place within the ongoing restoration course. During the twelve hours required to put into practice the teachings you will transform any wooden object (frame, sculpture, candle holders box or whatever) by following the simple steps of this technique: the preparation of rabbit skin glue, the undercoating with traditional Gesso (Gilder’s Whiting), sanding and application of the Burnishing Clay, the gilding with genuine gold leaf or imitation, burnishing with Agate stone, ageing and finishing.
Traditional Finishes: Wax & French Polishing
This course is designed for those who have a passion for working with wood and want to perfect their techniques of finishing and colouring. You can try with a new object or restore the finish of a piece of old damaged furniture . The knowledge of the timber essences and the infinite possibilities of finishing to improve their appearance are part of the topic addressed in the program.