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The aim of our Group is to provide a forum for discussion and debate on the subject of gilding and decorative surfaces which covers a wide range of objects. We organise study days, workshops and educational visits. These events, such as our conference in 2013 which was held in London, bring our members, as well as others working in the field of conservation, together to share their knowledge and concerns. We also organise social gatherings in interesting venues in order to bring members together in an informal atmosphere. We keep members informed of conferences, exhibitions and educational courses in related fields.  

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Practical Wood Carving Course

Address: Well Cottage, 14 Main Road, Austrey, Nr Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3EH. Due to the rural location of the venue, you will need to travel by car.

Date: Sunday 22nd – Monday 23rd February 2015

Time: 10:00 – 4:00 both days

Price: The course is for a maximum of 8 people: Icon members £150, Non-members £ 170, Icon student members £130. Tea and coffee will be provided, but you will need to bring a packed lunch for both days.

Accommodation: An accommodation list of nearby establishments is available.

Booking: To secure a place and for further information, please visit Eventbrite.

This popular course is again offered for those wishing to learn how to carve wood, from absolute beginners to experienced wood carvers. A particular emphasis is on carving techniques and principles for conservators, needing to replicate and attach lost elements. Previous attendees are welcome as different exercises can be undertaken to suit the individual’s level of ability.

We are extremely fortunate to offer the course, tutored by one of Britain’s most experienced and sought after Master Carvers, Mike Painter. He has been teaching for over 35 years and his philosophy is ‘with patience and determination anyone can carve as long as they are encouraged and shown the correct techniques’. The course will cover wood and tool selection, tool sharpening, securing the wood whilst carving, in-carving and finishing techniques. This flexible course, with a high level of individual tuition, is structured to the needs and abilities of the participants.

Additional information: All materials and equipment (wood, clamps, mallets and chisels) are supplied but if you wish to bring your own chisels, you are very welcome. You may wish to bring a pen and paper to take notes and a camera.

Accommodation: close to the course:
Harlaston Post Office B&B – pub opposite – 8 minutes away – 01827 383324 (lots have stayed here and said it is very good)
Ramada Hotel – 01530 279500 – Junction 11 on M42 – 5 minutes away
Curzon Arms – Twycross – five minutes away 01827 880334
Appleby Inn – Appleby Magna – 5 minutes away – 01530 270463


Call for ideas!

Following our questionnaire in 2010, the committee have endeavoured to run events that fulfil the wishes of the membership. We are now looking for more ideas of what you the members would like us to provide. If you have any suggestions or ideas for visits, courses, lectures, or activities we welcome your input. Please send your ideas to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are comitted to providing a running programme of events, an active ICON group, and a relevant forum for professional development. But we need your help!

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