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Penning - Wood Finisher - London, UK

Michael Penning

London, UK


Wood Finisher


Wood is a natural product that left unfinished is not only unprotected from damage and the elemants, but also is not being shown at its best. My job is bringing out the best of the appearance of the wood grain and colour by deciding which product to apply given its use and exposure to its environment indoors or out.My job is about enhancing the natural beauty of wood. But like all finishing trades its the hard work that is put in at the beginning, repairs,carpentry, protection that ultimately leads to a thing of beauty.

Work History

Crafts person and skilled technician

Warwick Castle

I have been a restorer and wood finisher since 1986.
I have worked as self employed professional trades person
Firstly with my own workshop undertaking many varied restoration
projects involving upholstery, leather, guilding, marquetry, wood
veneers, and later as an on site woodfinisher.
I have completed projects at St.James Palace, Warwick Castle,
Madam Tussauds, A number of Leading London Theatres,
Listed Buildings including Churches, an Elizabethan Manor House,
A 30's Bauhaus (a location used for the filming of Poirot TV series).
I have carried out various cooperate commissions for companies such as Peter Jones, John Lewis, Conran

Qualifications & Certifications


Croydon College of Art Foundation

Art History

John Cass University of London

University of the Arts London/ London College of Communication

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