Turned out to be a brilliant gift!!!
My partner gave me a gift voucher for Christmas to start an upholstery course that I had been meaning to do for a long time. This turned out to be a brilliant gift and in January I joined a class of upholsterers of differing levels in Birmingham run by Garry, a true professional and a very patient teacher.
Coming from someone who had been office bound for years and not knowing one end of a wood chisel from the other I set out to restore an antique 1890 chair which in itself is a daunting thing to do particularly as every week the poor old chair looked more miserable each time I set to work on it removing tacks, nails etc.
Garry gave me the reassurance and confidence to believe that it would be alright in the end and when I finally got to the stage of polishing the beautiful wood and realising that it will be lovely when it is completed I feel proud that I have come so far in such a short time.
I have collected many books over the years on the subject of upholstery but I can say from my experience at the class that the hands-on approach teaches things that you can never pick up just from reading it in a book.
Well worth the experience and I look forward to the next project when this one is completed.
Its an addiction
If you are looking for a quick fix - forget it!
Fun, Friendly and Addictive
I recommend the class whole heartedly
We will definitely be back!!!
Lucy and Rob
Its a great class
I originally signed up for a four day course in order to finish a chair that I’d started in another class. It soon became apparent that I needed to re-do a lot of my previous work and very quickly signed on for another 90 hrs.
Its obvious that Garry has a great deal of experience in both Upholstery and teaching and very skilled he is too - in both fields. I particularly like the fact that he can manage to keep an eye on everybody in the class, more often than not he gives attention without being asked and he treats each person with respect and good humour. Most importantly he instills confidence in his students, I’m tackling things that I wouldn't normally have taken on but he makes me feel I can do it - and I find I can!
Its a great class, constant tea and biscuits and french lessons thrown in for free - Thank you!
Sense of achievement
I only signed up for a few weeks
Upcycling of wing chair
Just started a 30 hour course of classes. The workshops are very friendly and relaxed and eveyone encourages each other. The tutor Garry is amazing he knows all you need to know about upholstery and is very hands on. I'm currently reupholstering a wing back chair and Garry is helping totally redesign which is what I wanted to learn. It's good to learn as many traditional techniques as possible.
I would highly recommend it.
Thank you for experiencing my first upholstery workshop it was really enjoyable.
I was on your weekend course. Really enjoyed the weekend and I think I might have become addicted. Purchased an armchair last night on a bit of a whim which will hopefully be my next project.
Can't wait for my next session!
Just a quick email to say thanks for the course on the weekend ! Can't wait for my next session!
The class is really fun - interesting people - a great tutor - and learning a new skill- what could be better. If you've got an old chair that needs some love and attention this is the place to go.
A wonderful way to learn a new skill
A friendly atmosphere!
I love my new training and I am very impatient to finish my first project.
I went to the taster day and had a great time and continued with my project on subsequent days.I cannot recommend the classes enough and anyone wanting to try upholstery should undertake this course.I shall be back with my next project.
Thank you Garry for your knowledge and patience.
Having always had a desk job and not being aware of having any practical skills, I have discovered (with a lot of patience on Garry's behalf) that my capabilities have exceeded my imagination. This upholstery and furniture restoration course has been a revelation, I have enjoyed every minute of my time restoring many armchairs and chairs much to my family's amazement. I can recommend these courses with Garry as tutor.
Garry as a tutor is a very meticulous craftsman. He has a way of getting the very best results out of his students but always doing it in a nice way!! it can be slightly tiresome but he is the "maestro", having spent seven years with Garry as my tutor, its a happy and warm course where even the least pratical student achieves wonderful results. The photo s are proof of the pudding. Thanks to Garry.
What an adventure! After having travelled twice to Belgium to take part in courses on the Dutch barge, I can honestly say that its great fun. We do actually acheive alot in a weeks course and at the end of the week can really appreciate how our restoration project has moved forward. Being on a boat on the "Meuse" is to say in the least surprising. The scenery is just beautiful! The atmosphere is so relaxing that everybody seems to enjoy themselves more on the water. There were so many fun moments. I must say I discovered how warm and welcoming the Belgians are especially our hosts Meike and George, owners of the bed and breakfast. They gave us a wonderful send off on the last evening bravo to George who sings extremely well, I am booking my place for next year!