Barnsley Workshop Visit
Every year Marc organises a trip for the students to visit the Barnsley workshop, located in a rural, picturesque part of Hampshire. It is an excellent opportunity for them to see some of the finest furniture in the country in the process of being made.
James Ryan, the workshop manager and designer, is always very welcoming as he takes the students around the workshop.
The workshop was set up in 1923 by Edward Barnsley, whose father Sidney and uncle Ernest Barnsley were key players in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The workshop has always emphasised the importance of attention to detail and the furniture they produce is some of the most well crafted in the world.
The students also had two days of learning about various types of glue this week. After a comprehensive lesson from Marc they set to experimenting with epoxy resin, urea formaldehyde, Titebond, PVA, hide glue, super glue and using pigment to tint epoxy and UF.
For the last couple of day I have been testing the effects of iron sulphate on various veneers. Iron sulphate reacts with tannins in the timber and changes the colour to grey, blue or black. Oak, which has a high tannin content will go almost entirely black, whereas most pale timbers will go a silvery grey colour. It is extremely easy to do so have a go yourself. You can get iron sulphate from most garden centres, just mix 4 tsp with two pints of water, pour into a tray and soak the veneer in the solution. The picture below shows the effects on rippled sycamore, curly maple and figured douka.
More next week!