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About the Group

This Group exists to provide a focal point for all interested in wooden objects, from roof trusses to toy omnibuses.

The support of Group members through representation, publication, seminars and educational visits is the primary purpose.

Informal gatherings at places of general interest have proved very popular in the past and a very effective way of bringing ideas to the fore. The committee will promote more such conversation opportunities and any ideas for venues are very welcome. The Icon structure enables any members to attend any special interest group event and this exciting development will be utilized by the Group to broaden the appeal and scope of events.

Most importantly, this is your Group and its success depends upon your support. The committee's role is that of facilitator and is a flexible structure with members joining for just one event or for longer as the individual or Group wishes. Do get involved in whatever way you can.




Discovering Thomas Chippendale


When: 26 March 2014 


Where:  Temple Newsam and Newby Hall, Yorkshire


Cost:  Cost for this event is £90 for members and £105 for non-members.  This price includes coffee/tea breaks, sandwich lunch and a tour booking for Newby Hall.



The Icon Furniture and Wood Group has put together a special tour and series of talks for those interested in one of the most influential furniture makers in British history: Thomas Chippendale. On Thursday, 26th March we will hold a tour of two of the key houses offering some of the best collections of Chippendale furniture near Leeds - Temple Newsam and Newby Hall, as well as talks by some of the leading experts in this area.


The talks will cover both the history of Chippendale and the conservation of his furniture. Dr. Adam Bowett, Chairman of the Chippendale Society will talk about the Harewood Library Table and the woods used. James Lomax, the Hon Curator of the Chippendale Society, will speak on Chippendale history.  In addition he will give a tour of Temple Newsam. Ian Frasier, the Conservator for Leeds Museums and Galleries based at Temple Newsam House, will discuss conservation of the Chippindale furniture at Temple Newsam. Lucinda Compton, conservator at Newby Hall, will discuss conservation of Chippendale furniture at Newby hall.






French Upholstery Class


Where: Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Bucks


When: 20 - 24 July 2015  9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Cost:   Icon member: £350


           Non-members: £385



The Furniture and Wood Group are pleased to announce that the former head of the upholstery programme at Ecolle Boule in Paris will be coming this summer to High Wycombe to teach a week-long course in French upholstery techniques.


The instructor is Laurent Lainé, former head tutor at the leading school of furniture related skills - Ecole Boulle in Paris. He currently teaches design at Ecolle Boulle and he works for many of the leading museums in France including Versailles and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Laurent will give a one hour lecture each day on a related topic then guide each participant in completing their chosen upholsteryproject. There is a maximum enrolment of 12 to allow for ample one-to-one tuition.


Participants can either bring their own piece to work on or they can upholster a small footstool, provided for by the course at an additional cost of £25




Please contact Ernest Riall  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for booking.




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