The toolkit we used to make the benches were for sale so I bought mine (for $320AU). This included:
- an apron or 'pinny' made from leather which holds the tack hammer, scissors and staple removers
- tool basket for needles, loose tacks, staples etc.
- tack hammer
- staple remover
- buttoning needle
- hand-made web stretcher
- the pneumatic staple gun
Thus, the first purchase as an upholsterer has been made. I've already started listing the materials I will need to source, cost and purchase to cover my next project: a huge armchair.
I think it is important to start on that project in less than two weeks so I don't lose the momentum of the course. Randa has been kind enough to give us her email address so we can stay in touch, which I imagine will come in handy when I need help.
I'm still contemplating starting a home business doing the furniture upholstery at weekends; most nice fabric stores in Perth only sell wholesale so I would need to in order to buy the nicer fabrics available. In the meantime I'll stick with lower-end fabric and online stores until I can test the market.
Here is my finished bench! (Randa did the corner folds for me).