Applying Gold Leaf in Furniture Making
Of all the optional set projects on our courses, a particular favourite is box making. Why?
Well because this project, is one of the earliest opportunities for newer students to flex their design skills. This project not only brings together essential basic skills like measuring, cutting, dovetails, interpreting drawings, choosing materials and veneer - but it also offers the student design freedom with regards to veneer cutting and marquetry on the box lid.
Students take inspiration from a number of sources. We’ve had Viking inspired symbology, designs in the style of Banksy, Orla Kiely inspired repeating patterns and a whole host of contemporary and more traditional box lid designs.
In addition to the marquetry on the box, students are encouraged to explore a range of finishes and detail. For our student Tim, the technique of applying gold leaf in furniture making was something that he was keen to explore.
Guest tutor, Maria Del Mar Gomez of Byron and Gomez, came into the furniture school to demonstrate the technique of applying gold leaf to wood. Within her business, Maria produces many pieces that feature the application of gold leaf, and she had much experience and advice to share with our furniture students on the subject.
Although a seemingly straightforward process, it has a number of nail biting moments – such as when an unexpected breeze in the workshop catches the gold leaf foil…. just as you are about to place it onto the adhesive!
Maria taught our furniture students best practice in Gold Leafing, from application through to burnishing and sealing. Then it was Tim’s turn to have a go (pictured!). Gold leaf was the perfect choice to compliment the rich tones of Tim’s sunburst veneered box lid.
Box making is an optional set project on our 40 week Fine Furniture Making course - but did you know that you could also opt to make it on our bespoke furniture programmes?
Depending on how complex you want your box design to be and your making speed, it could be achieved on a 5 – 6 week bespoke course.
Interested? Give us a call to find out more - or contact us here.
What will your box lid design be?