Frequently Asked Questions...
to help you find what you're looking for...
Q. Are there any
books you can recommend on gold leaf gilding?
A. There are a number of wonderful books on gilding and are
part of the bibliography provided to students in the gilding workshops. Most of these books are available through gilding
supply houses (see the "Links" section). For specific recommendations, please send an email to Charles Douglas Gilding
Studio for further assistance or contact the Society of Gilders.
Do you provide restoration of frames for the general public?
A. Yes - many people have
frames that have been in their families for years and are increasingly interested in repairs or full restoration. They
are often pieces that are valued in the sense that they cannot be replaced, therefore invaluable as a family heirloom. See
the Restoration page for more information.
If I am interested in a specific type of gilding class but I don't see it listed on your website gilding schedule, can
I request that you offer other classes in gilding?
Yes, absolutely! There are a variety of forms of gold leaf gilding, depending upon its use. Other classes not currently listed
on the website will be offered at a later date such as glass gilding, oil gilding, and restoration. All inquiries are welcome.
Can you arrange a workshop in another state for an arts group or museum?
A. Yes - arrangements can be made to teach any workshop offered through Charles Douglas Gilding Studio. You can request
information by using the Contact Form in the 'Contact Us' section of this website or call the studio at (206) 795.8376.
Where can I buy your architectural elements, furniture, and gilded glass mirrors?
A. Currently, directly through Charles Douglas Gilding Studio. Future plans will most likely include
availability through selected showrooms which will be announced on the navigation pages for Architectural Elements, Furniture, Frames and Gilded Glass Mirrors. We also custom gild owner-provided objects; a designer or architect may choose to procur a raw wood item such as
a corbel, chair, or stool and bring it to Charles for gilding to spec.
Q. Do you provide shipping or installation of your products?
A. Arrangements are
offered in association with local art handlers who specialize in these areas. Call the studio at (206)795.8376 for
What do the little RSS and Orange Logos on this website mean?
A. RSS is a fairly new form
of managing internet information. RSS can stand for several things, but it's often referred to as Really Simple Syndication. When you click the little orange logo with your cursor, you are given the option
of adding the website you are looking at into a Reader (the technical term is aggregator).
A Reader combines updated information from many websites into one website. It's very similar to reading a newspaper where
the articles come from a variety of sources. At Charles Douglas Gilding Studio, this provides an excellent opportunity to
provide up to the minute information on gilding classes for those interested in learning more about the art and craft of gold
leaf gilding. If you are interested in further exploring RSS you can find additional information at:
(a short, fun, short video)
2. http://www.faganfinder.com/search/rss.php (a good, concise
written explanation of RSS)
The Share logo
allows you to share information from the gilding studio website to any number of over 150 social networking sites
including Facebook and MySpace. This is a good way for example of letting friends and colleagues know about the gold leaf
gilding workshops or other historical or technical
information that you may feel would be of interest to others.
Need more help? Send us your questions on the
information request form in the 'Contact Us' section.