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Masterclass: Dovetailed box with Peter Kuh

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
16 Jul 18 20 Jul 18 6 of 6 School of Stuff 475.00

Learn from the master, designer cabinetmaker Peter Kuh, how to make from scratch a handsome hardwood lidded box with handcut dovetails. Peter is a cabinetmaker of many years experience, and a gifted and kind teacher. This project is suitable for beginners and experienced woodworkers. If you are new to working with wood, Peter will teach you the basics as well as the finer points of cutting and shaping wood accurately. This session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Masterclass: Woodcarving with John Cross

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
23 Jul 18 27 Jul 18 5 of 6 School of Stuff 475.00

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Learn how to carve timber with John Cross. John is a talented cabinetmaker and furniture conservator with many years experience at the bench. One of his specialisms as a furniture restorer is carving and gilding wooden objects. On this five day course you will learn how to carve wood with chisels and gouges, how to sharpen your tools, how to make the best use of timber, and how to translate your ideas into three dimensions in wood.  Class size is restricted to six students. This session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. There will be a follow on five day session on Gilding in September.

Masterclass: Modern Upholstery with Sharon Hennessy

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
30 Jul 18 3 Aug 18 5 of 6 School of Stuff 475.00

Learn modern upholstery techniques with the expert! 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. You will learn about modern upholstery materials and fixings, and, depending on your chosen project, you could also learn machine skills, pattern making, button and fluting, and box cushion making. Techniques you could learn on this course, depending on your chosen project, include machine skills, pattern making, and buttoning and fluting, and box cushion making. This could be the beginning of a new and lucrative hobby.


The class size is restricted to six, so you will get plenty of attention. The session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Masterclass: Traditional Stitched Edge Upholstery with Amanda Girling-Budd

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
3 Sep 18 7 Sep 18 6 of 6 School of Stuff 475.00

Learn one of the key techniques of traditional upholstery, the stitched edge, with one of the best exponents of the craft, Amanda Girling-Budd.  Amanda will share a wealth of skill and knowledge of historical craft techniques in this five day course. You will need to bring an antique stool or dining chair as your project and you will strip and rebuild the seat using traditional materials such as horsehair and canvas. You will learn a traditional stitching technique that has been used for two hundred years, to create shapely firm edges on upholstered chairs. In years to come you might want to change the top cover that you put on your chair now, but the structure that you will build underneath will last for generations. This is slow upholstery, made to last, and a perfect antidote to our throwaway culture.


The class size is restricted to six, so you will get plenty of individual attention. The session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Masterclass: Marquetry with John Cross

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
10 Sep 18 14 Sep 18 6 of 6 School of Stuff 495.00

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. Your tutor for this week's masterclass is John Cross, a highly experienced furniture conservator, with a wealth of experience in making and restoring marquetry using hand techniques. You will learn how to select different timbers and make a parcel of veneers, how to saw them, how to create shading, and how to assemble and fix them to create pictures.  


Class size is restricted to six students to allow for plenty of individual attention. You will use a variety of veneers in this class, the cost of which is included in the course fee. The session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Masterclass: Gilding with John Cross

Start Date Finish Date Capacity Location Price
17 Sep 18 21 Sep 18 6 of 6 School of Stuff 515.00

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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. You will learn two traditional techniques of gilding on wood, water gilding and oil gilding, and learn how to burnish and polish gilded surfaces, and how to tone the gold for an antique effect or to blend with surrounding gilding. You can either bring an object that you would like to gild, or learn the techniques on sample panels. We will use real gold leaf in this session, the price of which is included in the course fee.


Class size is restricted to six students to allow for plenty of individual attention. This session runs for five continuous days, Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. There will be a follow on five day session on Gilding in September.

 

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