Are you interested in woodwork? Perhaps the smell of a woodwork shop is perfume to your nostrils? Maybe the words lathe, chisel and dowel fire your imagination? You may already have extensive woodwork skills and, if so, you will know there is always more to learn when it comes to working with wood. Perhaps you want to learn the basics of wood carving or tackle the rudiments of wood turning on the lathe. Look no further! Soon you could be spending time in a creative wood workshop with a master of the craft...
Green Oak Timber Frame building Course with Master craftsman Alan Ritchie and sons. With over 40 years collective experience betwwen them. This course is ideal for self builders, woodworkers, hobbyists and craft skills enthusiasts! The course has been set in our idealic woodland workshop for the last 11 years
We will be teaching our specialist marking system essential for green Oak buildings. Scribing and cutting mortice and tenon joints on a full size live build...
Willow Garden Structures - a one day course
Willow is an amazing plant. A cut stem can re-root and grow through just being pushed in the ground. It grows incredibly quickly, is tactile, flexible and a joy to work with.
On this course you will develop skills and knowledge that can be used over and over in a multitude of ways. You will be introduced to willow as a beautiful material that is easy and...
A creative day in the garden with willow expert Eddie Glew. Projects include obelisks/plant supports (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus decorative sunflowers and dragonflies. You will make several items over the day to take home. Eddie will also explain the practice of using living willow to build larger structures such as dens and tunnels. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.)
Students will first be shown around the workshop to help familiarise them with the tools, the machinery and the safe use of them, then a brief chat about possible projects to see what excites you, this introduction to the workshop helps me get an understanding of your capabilities.
There are a number of interesting projects that can be turned in a day depending on the ability of the student. The time it takes for each...
This hands on course will be your first step into woodturning and will give you a firm foundation in all the basic skills of woodturning. The course is aimed at novices who wish to try out a new skill while allowing you create your own pieces on the lathe.
The first day focuses on understanding and using the lathe safely, tool sharpening and tool identification. Once these topics are covered we will then work on...
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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...
What you Will Learn:
Preparing wood for finishing
Colouring – using stains and chemicals
Grain filling – various methods and materials
Filling minor defects – various types of filler
Polish – making shellac & wax polish
Polishing – shellac “French polishing”, heat resistant systems, wax polish
Using modern finshes, oils etc.
Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
In this course you will learn and practice traditional dovetailing techniques and the skills needed to layout, mark and cut dovetails by hand. This course is designed to teach you how professional cabinet makers make traditional hand cut dovetails without using magnetic saw guides or other gadgets.
It is ideal for those with some woodworking experience who want to widen their furniture making capabilities by learning the secrets of this gold-standard woodworking joint. You will...
Much more than a green wood chair making course! Learn to make a free-form windsor style chair of your own design in the beautiful surroundings of the Cerdeira artisan village in the mountains of Portugal.
The term 'windsor chair' is used to describe any chair consisting of a slab of wood for a seat, with sticks jointed into it to form the legs and back components. In six days you will learn all the basic...
Make your own traditional wooden rake to take home.
This course is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a beautiful Woodland setting
Discover how to cleave the wood with a froe and shape with a drawknife and shave horse.
Have a go at making rake tines using the tine cutter.
This course will be run at our site near Warminster. Maximum course size 6 candidates