Despite the fact that we’ve all heard of the term French polish and shellac, it’s amazing to think that very few of us actually know what it is and how to do it. It has a reputation for being difficult to master, time consuming and not nearly as robust as some other finishes. Here’s the bottom line, none of the above is true. Sure, you’ll need to keep your wits about you when you’re doing it and if time spent taking care of the details is wasted time then just maybe it’s time to find another hobby. The fact is, a perfect shellac finish will be touch dry while the first coat of oil is still attracting bugs and dust. And as for fragile, don’t you believe it.
In this two-day course you’ll mix your own shellac polish from flakes and create your own blend of wax from raw materials. You’ll learn to assess and manipulate the colour temperature of a project to disguise faults in the timber and mask repairs. We can’t teach you all you need to know about French polishing in two days but you will have grasped the basics and have the necessary information to go on and perfect your technique in your own time. This course is hosted by Marc Fish and held at his 'robinson house studio' in Newhaven, East Sussex. The class will have a maximum number of 6 students and will be taught by Derek Jones, editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine and author of French Polishing, Finishing & Restoring Using Traditional Techniques.
Tutor: Derek Jones
Price: £275 plus materials
This course is run by Derek Jones who as well as being the editor of F & C magazines runs New English Workshop. Visit their website here to view the full range of courses they run.