This class will demonstrate the skills needed to restore various pieces of furniture and other treasured articles. Part of your knowledge will come from observing the procedure adopted for each attending student’s particular project piece. - Nothing is too far gone! The challenge is exhilarating and fun - by the end of the workshop you can have your piece looking cherished, loved and back on show or in use.
Skills covered will be:
•How to sympathetically revive and restore an article without destroying the history and patina.
•How to thoroughly strip, clean, repair and prepare a piece ready for the finishing processes.
•How to choose a stain and/or a finish and how to apply it.
Each piece is individually accessed and restored to suit your personal taste and décor.
Stains used are oil or spirit based. Sometimes we choose to use no stain at all.
The finishes are Danish Oiling, French Polishing or Hard Waxing. Finishes, which will stand up to to-days busy, lifestyle.
Suggestions:- Furniture made of any solid timber of all eras, Art Deco veneer pieces, canvas covered wood-spined suitcase/trunks. Early brass labelled metal cream cans. A meat safe.
Marny first ran Furniture Restoration Schools (1982 -92) through TAFE and then as her own business, conducted in a woolshed on a station property at Willalooka near Keith SA. As many as 65 students a year attended one day or night class a week travelling in from a 100km radius. The School became affectionately known far and wide as ‘The Willalooka Strippers’. The local doctor often prescribed the class for patents suffering depression!  
Marny also organized by-yearly ‘Strippers’ trade/bus trips to old settlement areas of SA and Victoria. These involved three days of lectures, observation and collecting. In 1995 -2005 she established The Shepherd Studio Workshops, her own workshops, school and gallery at Naracoorte SA. She is also an Artist/Sculptor and the skills practised in restoration frequently cross-pollinate into her art.Marny first trained (1976 - 77) with Peter Llewellyn a former revered restorer for Charlie Jones Antiques, Ballarat and later (1989) at West Dean College in Sussex, England. 1990 A course in Collectables – Greenhill Gallery Adelaide and 1995 at Art Lab, SA Preservation and handling. Her personal passion is for early Australian pieces simply made from regional timbers – and early English/European Oak!
Call us on: 03 52895498
37 Dorman Street, Lorne 3232. Victoria