5 Day Practical Course
19 - 23 November 2018
£825 + vat = £ 990

This is predominately a hands on course during which we will look at restoration of furniture. The course takes place in my established workshop which has conserved and restored some of the best furniture in Scotland for the last 25 years.

  • We will look at cabinet making skills particular joints and construction and different restoration methods used over the ages.
  • Tool sharpening – is vitally important to have sharp tools for best results and achieve fine workmanship. We will look at different sharpening techniques and how to achieve excellent results.
  • Wood machining – We will look at machining and how different machines can speed up the process and still produce good results.
  • Veneering & Marquetry – this is an art all to itself whether it’s restoring or doing veneer repairs. We will investigate the method of veneering including book matching veneers, discussing problems which can arise and how to avoid them. How to repair old veneers and gluing burrs are essentials skills which we will talk about.
  • Glues – what should be used and when! Reversibility and how important it is.
  • Finishing – We consider the art of colour matching repairs. Which can involve different bleaching techniques as well as staining. Lots of different products are used and we look at the advantages and disadvantages.
  • French Polishing and grain filling methods and how to get the ideal result are vital. I will show you how to polish and you will learn different techniques and we will also cover all other forms of finishing wood old and new processes.



Join in and have a go at repairing a piece of furniture and appreciate the satisfaction of bringing something back to life.

You can also bring a small piece of furniture in and we can talk about how to approach its restoration and hopefully made a good start.

Other subjects we will cover

– Examining furniture both in the workshop and elsewhere
– Understanding and identifying woods,
– Reviewing styles of furniture
– The importance of furniture restoration
– How to polishing and learn different techniques
– Looking at adapted and transformed furniture
– Recognising fakes from the genuine article

Price per person £ 825 + vat = £990

Courses start 9.30am each day and finish at 5pm and take place at the showroom and workshop with a delicious lunch provided each daily. A limit of 5 people on each course.

I have been restoring Antique Furniture for over thirty years, and worked extensively in Europe before coming back home to Scotland and starting my own business in 1993. I have worked for the National Galleries of Scotland, Historic Scotland and many Museums, Royal Palaces and Stately homes. I am a proud member of the British Antique Furniture Restoration Association (BAFRA) and am the only member in Scotland. I am also a member of the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association, (LAPADA)