Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

French Polishing With Patrick Edwards

Dates: 10/19/2013 - 10/19/2013
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $130
Materials: $25
Deposit: $50

There is probably no other finish process used in traditional furniture making which is surrounded by more mystery and controversy than French polish. When it is done right, it is the most brilliant shine and has the clearest color bringing out the deepest richness of the wood. It can be surprisingly durable, but at the same time, there are lots of things that damage it. It is easy to repair, if you know what to do, and very easy to mess up if you don't know what you are doing. This class will demonstrate the various steps used at coleBoulle, in Paris, for creating a French polish. Students will be shown what the ingredients are, and how they are mixed, how to create a "tampon" or rubbing pad out of cotton mesh and linen, and how to charge it and apply it. Patrick will show how pores are filled prior to polishing, how the body of the finish is built up, and how to remove the oil residue to create a hard shine. He will also discuss how to maintain a polish and how to repair it when it gets damaged or dull over time from use.

Although it is not possible to create a completed French polished project in a one day class, the students will be able to practice each of the steps required on sample boards, and have all their questions answered so that they may continue to practice in their own shop to perfect their technique. One thing all true French polishers can agree on is that it takes a lifetime to perfect this technique.

Key Points:

*Surface preparation
*Materials: powder, oil, shellac, sandarac, alcohol
*Making a tampon or rubbing pad with wool, cotton and linen
*Pore filling
*Bodying up
*Cleaning the surface
*Maintaining the shine

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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