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Wooden furniture making has wide appeal to both the artisan and practical woodworker. Learning the wood working skills to produce a piece of furniture that will adorn your home is something that will stay with you throughout life, giving you the opportunity to be surrounded by high quality and unique wooden pieces - or simply furniture that exactly suits your needs and tastes. Sometimes referred to as cabinetry or cabinet making, this type of woodwork requires a great degree of fine detailing - and craftsmanship! The courses on these pages range from traditional chair making workshops, to furniture making courses which will equip you with skills to base a career on.

This unique green woodworking stool making course is an opportunity to 'unplug & slow down' & take a step into the rural life of an old fashioned village carpenter. During this very 'hands on' experience you will learn many traditional carpentry skills & techniques using a selection of beautiful old hand tools. You will walk away with a beautiful solid oak stool with a high quality finish (good enough to sell!) and made to last....
The course will cover an overview of the tools and techniques used in taking apart a pallet and turning it into something new, using upcycling skills and reclaimed timber. This course is for anyone who wishes to learn how to turn pallets into something useful. During the day we will cover :- • Pallet sourcing. • Taking apart a pallet. • Designing your project. • Marking out. • Using hand tools safely. • Using power...
Next course on 15th October 2017
Using locally sourced hardwood component parts, each student will assemble and complete a traditional three legged stool to take home. Once assembled we will explore how the component parts were made, and why the woodwork has been planned and organised in this manner so that students can go on to make other works if they want in the future. The day cost covers all materials prepared, the use of all tools and materials to make...
Next course on 7th October 2017
Introduction to green wood furniture making - 2 days A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodworking, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. Maximum of 6 students. You will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools. Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving...
Next course on 27th January 2018
One day stool making course - courses run throughout the year. This is a really great day to get stuck into green woodworking if its your first time. Or even to hone up on skills if you've had a shot before. You are taken through the process from a log, split out, make tenons and mortices shape a seat and sculpt the legs on a shaving horse. Assemble and sit !! The making of something...
For the course dates please click on the link above. Five day woodworking course in Penrith, Cumbria. This is a continuation of my other five day woodwork course (tools and things) with the emphasis on timber; what are acceptable defects in timber, how do you write out a cutting list that means something to your supplier, what to look for when buying wood and what to avoid. You will ideally have done course 1 (tools...
Next course on 1st May 2018
Ten week course of woodwork evening classes, near Chester. Do you appreciate wooden handcrafted furniture? Would you like to learn how to transform a piece of wood into a family heirloom? Set yourself apart from the ‘Flat-pack Jacks’. Develop your woodworking skills by using a range of tools to bring your skills to life by producing a fantastic piece of furniture that you can proudly say "I made that" Whether you are a complete novice...
For the course dates please click on the link above. This five day woodwork course - 'tools' complements my other five day course in wood. To find this course click on 'The Wood Workshop' above and scroll down. These are self interest woodwork courses where my aim is to give you the confidence and the knowledge to use basic hand tools and some of the more common power tools, to show you how to look...
Next course on 16th November 2017
Do you appreciate wooden handcrafted furniture? Would you like to learn how to transform a piece of wood into a family heirloom? Set yourself apart from the ‘Flat-pack Jacks’. Develop your woodworking skills by using a range of tools to bring your skills to life by producing a fantastic piece of furniture that you can proudly say “I made that.” Whether you are a complete novice or an aspiring artisan, this course will equip you...
Next course on 20th January 2018
The aim is to give you a firm grounding in the fundamentals of making furniture. You will begin by learning how to make a piece of wood flat, square and straight using a hand plane. Mastering these traditional skills will help you to achieve perfection in everything you make, whether simple or complex. The ability to achieve ‘flat, square and straight’ was the very first thing I was taught as a student and it is...