Furniture Restoration

$650.00 incl. GST

Join Master Restorer, Ben Hodgetts for this two-day Furniture Restoration intensive. You will work on your own period or modern furniture / items and learn the techniques required to bring them back to life, in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

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Dates: Sat/Sun 22/23 June 2024

Duration: This is a two-day course – 10am to 5pm – (1/2 hr lunch)

Join Master Restorer, Ben Hodgetts for this two-day Furniture Restoration intensive.  You will work on your own period or modern furniture / items and learn the techniques required to bring them back to life, in an enjoyable and supportive environment.  

For over 30 years Ben has worked as a furniture restorer in Australia and England and conveys his wealth of experience in an engaging and informative way peppered with anecdotes and historical facts.

Some techniques taught are:  Antiquing Mirrors, Fabulous Fakes, French Polishing, Fretwork, Furniture Distressing, Furniture Repairs, Gilding, Veneering, Key Making, Marquetry and Upholstery (repairs only).  It really depends on the projects brought along and what is required to restore them.

Please feel free to ask questions throughout the day.

Materials to Bring:

You will need to bring the following basic supplies (all available from Bunnings): 

  • 1 litre of 100% Methylated Spirits
  • ½-1 litre Raw Linseed Oil
  • Grade 00 steel wool
  • clean cotton (lint-free) rags
  • a couple of glass jars with lids
  • Latex Gloves
  • Wet & Dry Sandpaper (black in colour) – available in grades 120, 240, 400 & 600.  

           Please bring 1 sheet of any 3 of these grades.  

Please also bring a Notepad & Pen (there are no handouts).You will finish the course knowing how to restore the items you have brought along and will be able to continue on similar projects at home using these materials.

Your Project:

Bring along antique items, family heirlooms or contemporary projects that require rejuvenating and learn the techniques required to restore them.  Why not ask family and friends if they have any items that need a little TLC, they'll love you for it.  Are you are looking for a project to take on?  Why not spend a few weekends travelling around op shops, second-hand stores and markets.  You may get lucky and find a forgotten gem.  You could also check out some of the these auction houses in Melbourne -  www.abbeysauctions.com.au (Burwood), www.philipsauctions.com.au (Malvern), www.leonardjoel.com.au (South Yarra) and  www.ainger.com.au (Richmond).

Make sure you bring at least 4, 5 or more projects to work on to get the most out of the course.  There may be down time while waiting for something to dry and you can get started on your next project.  Prior to the course, you will be asked to email photos of your projects with any questions so Ben can respond and also advise if extra materials are required.

No previous experience required. 

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