Repair, Restore, Conserve?
Before we can talk about furniture restoration we first have to understand what we mean by the term and be certain we’re taking the right course of action appropriate to the objects in our charge. With the interest in collecting period furniture growing, now is a great time to learn how to avoid a dud at auction or spot a diamond in the rough at the flea market. Some items of course have a value beyond the showroom and the skills you learn on this course will ensure your family heirlooms remain as everyday usable items or preserved for future generations.
On this three day course you’ll be guided through the techniques and principles of restoration by working on a selection of period pieces in need of various remedial intervention. The course will be held at the workshop of established furniture restorer John Hartnett in Henfield, East Sussex and will have a maximum of four students per session. All sessions will be taught by Derek Jones, editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine and author of French Polishing, Finishing & Restoring Using Traditional Techniques and John Hartnett. John has been restoring furniture professionally for almost fifty years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge that I believe you will find fascinating.
As well as mixing your own shellac polish from flakes and alcohol you’ll learn how to make your own beeswax polish and discover why hide glue is the most suitable adhesive for repairing antique furniture. All the tools and materials required for the course will be supplied. Just bring an apron or suitable work clothes.