2 days, Sat 9:30 AM - Sun 5:00 PM, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM


  • $385.00 excl.


Designed for furniture makers, restorers, collectors, homeowners, and dealers alike, this exciting two day hands on class will focus on the restoration and conservation of gilded surfaces including frames, furniture, and architectural elements. We will review the basics of traditional water gilding and oil gilding techniques. Emphasis will be placed on identifying different types of gilding, including toned silver leaf gilding. Tools and materials will be reviewed. Replacement of missing ornamental elements through molding and casting techniques will be demonstrated. The visual integration of losses will be discussed as well as appropriate materials and techniques for toning and application of patina.


Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC is a furniture conservation firm founded in 2000 by principal conservators, Tad D. Fallon and Randy S. Wilkinson. Both were trained at the Smithsonian Institution’s prestigious Furniture Conservation Training Program and completed conservation fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and the Mystic Seaport Museum, respectively.  Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC brings a combined 35 years of training and experience to the care and conservation of furniture, wooden artifacts, and interior woodwork, blending old world craftsmanship with modern conservation practices. The firm also provides museum quality reproduction furniture to museums and private clients.


Participants will be working with genuine gold leaf on a small picture frame to learn the basic techniques but you are welcome to bring a small gilded object along with you also.

The materials fee includes a basic kit (including genuine gold leaf) from Sepp Leaf in Manhattan. This will see you through the class and will get you started on other projects in your own shop. Professional touch up kits, brushes, tools, and other gilding materials will be available for optional purchase from the instructor. Sign up today for this unique class. Class is limited to 8 participants.

Tuition: $385.00 plus materials ($225.00).