Carol Russell 1-day Masterclass

Wood Finishing Masterclass

Sunday 11th August

About the Masterclass

We all put so much effort into whatever we are making, but so often our work is let down by poor finishing. These poor results are usually due to a lack of finishing knowledge and experience that is further exacerbated with all the wipe on finishes on the market that are designed to take the skill out of wood finishing. This Wood Finishing Masterclass with Carol Russell is a great opportunity to go back and look at the basic materials and techniques of wood finishing and build a new level of skill.

During this Masterclass Carol will focus on traditional materials such as Shellac, milk paint, plant-based oils, food safe finishes and Danish soap finishes. There isn’t a one-size fits all for wood finishing, so Carol will also be looking at different finishing strategies for various species of timber. You will work on a series of boards of differing timbers, and if anyone had attended Carol’s spoon carving masterclass the previous day, they are encouraged to bring their spoon for finishing as well.

You will also explore some traditional finishing recipes that can easily be made using readily available materials. After all, it is enormously rewarding to make your own finishes and learn to apply then so as to enhance the features of your woodwork. Milk paint will feature extensively during the Masterclass, and you will try both factory and handmade paint, experimenting with different textures and pigments. You will also work with using no finish at all, the focus will be on preparation and burnishing, using the natural oil contained within the timber to create a seal.

The Wood Finishing Masterclass with Carol Russell is perfect for anyone wishing to develop their wood finishing techniques further. Participants will also learn a range of wood finishing skills from one of Australia’s leading women designer makers. Suitable for beginners to experienced woodworkers – only 14 places available so purchase your ticket today

Your ticket includes:

  • All basic equipment and materials required to complete the course
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day
  • Entry to both days of the Wood Dust Timber & Tool Marketplace

The Wood Finishing 1 Day Masterclass with Carol Russell will be held at FAB9, 90 Maribyrnong Street Footscray, Melbourne on Sunday the 11th of August 2019.

Included in your ticket price is entry to both days of the Wood Dust Timber and Tool marketplace.This event is held in areas adjacent to the FAB9 workshops.

All meals, materials and basic equipment are supplied, and participants are provided with a recommended tools list covering the more specific tools required. Each day starts at 9.00am sharp and concludes at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon tea served at 11.00am and 3.00pm respectively. Lunch served at 1.00pm for 45 minutes. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Students to wear sturdy clothing, covered shoes and bring their own personal eye and hearing protection equipment. Please arrive 30 minutes early on Sunday the 11th for registration and induction.

Once you purchase your 1-day Masterclass ticket you will receive within 24 hours an email from our sales department confirming your purchase. Before the class commences, you will also receive a 1 Day Masterclass manual which sets out all the background information on the Masterclass covering transport options and parking, equipment and PPE, safety and contacts.

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