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Our small and friendly workshop is a well equipped place to learn. We are ideally situated in a pleasant riverside location, behind Moulsham Mill. An historic water mill, which contains a craft centre, cafe, and small businesses, all within short walking distance of Chelmsford City centre. There is ample on-site parking and spaces can be booked in advance.

Courses can be tailored to your individual requirements and are offered to individuals, couples or small groups of up to 5 people. Tuition is given by our 2 fully experienced and qualified tutors, Mike and Paul, who will provide all course information (handouts etc), materials, and the advice needed to complete your projects. The cost of courses includes the use of all equipment and the provision of materials. Some courses can lead to City and Guilds qualifications (please enquire)

We run informal evening classes, daytime courses and informal workshop sessions also some weekend courses during the spring and summer months (see timetables).

If you have small items of your own furntiure to be worked on please bring them with you, or items can be provided in order that you learn the skills and techniques to fully restore them.

The tutors are: Mike Thomson, who has worked in the trade for over 20 years, is a qualified teacher and a City and Guilds assessor; Paul Richmond, who has worked in the trade for 15 over years and is a qualified teacher and a City and Guilds internal verifier.

Courses available in furniture restoration:

  • Furniture repair and restoration
  • French polishing
  • Upholstery
  • Cane and sea-grass chair seating
  • Box making
  • Picture framing / mount cutting

Courses in development:

  • Antique furniture history
  • Upcycling and shabby chic

Fully accredited City & Guilds

City & Guilds Level 1

  • Upholstery
  • Cabinet making

City & Guilds Level 2

  • Upholstery
  • Cabinet making
  • French polishing

Training Details

Courses – daytime / evenings

Sessions – half / full days (hourly rates available)

Number – 1 to 5

Morning – 10am to 1.00pm

Afternoon – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Time required will vary with individual needs

For further information please contact Paul:

Tel: (01245) 351636

Email: mill.r@virgin.net