Beginner woodwork - 1 to 1

"A week later and I'm still buzzing (like a fret saw) about woodworking."


**PLEASE NOTE, all dates are fully booked. Dates for April 2022 onward TBC. Please message me if you'd like to be added to a mailing list.

Think of me as your Personal Trainer or Music Tutor, only in this case, your goal is to do woodwork. My aim is for you to have fun, learn one or two things and ultimately be able to proudly say “I made that”. Of course, you’ll also have your piece(s) of woodwork.

My standard sessions are three hours (sometimes running slightly over). If you have an idea for a bigger project, more time may be needed, which we can agree on beforehand and timetable in a flexible way.

My well-equipped studio is within walking distance of the beautiful York City Centre.

Before booking, please get in touch to discuss project ideas (your own or one of mine) and what you'd like to get out of the session(s). When the details are agreed we can get you booked in.

With plenty of guidance, you’ll start from a pile of wood, then design, mark out, shape and surface finish a workpiece, as appropriate to the project.

You’ll learn to safely use a range of hand tools, power tools (e.g drill, jigsaw, nail gun) also some bench power tools (e.g. fret saw, pillar drill, belt sander), as appropriate to the project.


"Can I make my initials from wood?" (Yes)
"Could you help me design and make a dolls house?" (Yes)
"How about Scandinavian inspired animal artworks?" (Yes)
"I have a piece of art I'd like to make a frame for." (No problem!)


Sessions usually run at these dates/times but feel free to contact me to discuss flexibility.

Mon/Tue/Weds (advertised dates). 13:00 to 16:00 or 19:00 to 22:00
Saturdays (advertised dates). 13:00 to 16:00


Total novices welcome. This session is especially suitable for those with little or no skill or experience. Plenty of guidance is given.

Those with existing skills and experience are also welcome. Maybe you don’t have access to a workshop at the moment but are feeling creative. Or you might want to make a surprise gift for someone.

Unfortunately, this activity is not fully accessible. But, please get in touch to discuss any specific access requirements you have and I’ll try to accommodate them.

Additionally, for this particular activity, you’ll need to be comfortable standing at a high workbench for periods of time and capable of completing manual tasks, with instruction.


My studio is at my family home, not far from York city centre. On arrival, please come up the drive (which confusingly is round the corner on Critchen Avenue).

Foot: 30min walk from York Station, 20min from York Minster (city centre).

Bike: There’s plenty of off-street space to lock your bike up.

Bus: Route 6, getting off at Intake Avenue.

Car: There is usually space on our driveway. However, Wiggington Road is the nearest Pay and Display, about 300m away.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

A three-hour practical workshop session with 1 to 1 guidance. Any additional hours (for larger projects) can be agreed upon beforehand.

Full instruction from myself. I’m a qualified First Aider and have up to date training in the safe use of the tools used. As I also help teach Design Technology in a school, I’m DBS checked.

Use of well-equipped workshop and all tools required. Well lit and thermally comfortable space.

Safety eyewear is essential. Aprons, ear defenders and disposable gloves are also provided but optional. You can bring your own of any of these if you prefer.

Standard materials (mainly reclaimed wood) are included - free. If appropriate, you might want to bring your own special materials along. If you suggest a project requiring other materials, I'll source and supply them as part of the costs we agree on before booking.

PLEASE NOTE. Unfortunately, it’s not practical for attendees to go into the house and use the family bathroom. Very basic (think ‘emergency’) camping toilet facilities are provided in the outhouse. I strongly advise ‘going’ before you arrive. The BurtonStone Pub is at the end of our road or the is Mc Donald’s on the ring road if you are driving from further away.


Wear clothes you don’t mind potentially getting daubed with paint.

Clothes should have nothing dangling that could get caught in the machines.

Closed-toe footwear with a reasonably slip-resistant sole is essential.

Bring a means of fastening back long hair, whilst on the machines.

Don’t forget your prescription glasses if you need them to read or safely operate machinery.

If the weather is hot, bring protection from the sun, as we may be outside a bit.

It’s not essential to have short fingernails, but you may find it more practical.


Philip Wilkinson at Quicksticks Workshop


241 Burtonstone Lane
North Yorkshire
YO30 6EX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Ben - - #36669

Had a great session with Phillip, he was patient and helpful and got the the balance right between instructing, demonstrating and just letting me get on with it! (Once I was confident on the equipment). The tools are really easy to use and good quality and I was really happy with the book ends I made. Thanks again!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Thanks Ben. I'm glad you had fun making personalised bookends. I just hope your cat doesn't take exception to the design and fling them off the shelf. 😄

In-person course
Claire - - #36419

This was an excellent introduction to working with wood. Philip explained everything really clearly, answered all my questions and kept it fun. It was exactly what I was hoping for and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

That's wonderful, thank you.

You are the first guest to make my new Cracket Stool project. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Best of luck with your furniture making adventures.

In-person course
Jenny - - #36405

Philip was amazing! I’ve always wanted to build a dolls house but didn’t know where to start.
Philip was recommended to me and through several correspondences we came up with a plan. Philip accommodated my brief while adding his own expertise.

I wanted to do as much of the build as possible, but knew my limitations, so Philip did all the main cutting and I now have a kit to complete in the summer.

He responded to my emails promptly and was so
helpful, I never felt anything was too much for him.

I’d definitely use him again and would highly recommended him.
My grandchildren are going to love their dolls house!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

You're very kind Jenny. Thank you.

It was an interesting project to help you with and I'm sure it will be satisfying when your tools out and finish the assembly and decoration.

The photo instructions are comprehensive, but you know I'm on call if you need any clarification.

I look forward to a photo of the finished job :o)

In-person course
Matthew Lee - - #36013

I had a BRILLIANT afternoon with Philip in his workshop. I really felt as though Philip tailored the time to my particular learning goals and experience (of which I went in with literally zip). I've come away feeling both more confident practically (my original aim) and creatively inspired. A week later and I'm still buzzing (like a fret saw) about woodworking!

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Thanks for the kind review Matthew. I'm glad you enjoyed the session and now feel inspired. It was great meeting you and I hope to welcome you back in the future for another project with lots of laughs as before. Cheers

In-person course
John Mackenzie - - #34751

I had a great time! Philip took me through using various wood working machinery. Always happy to answer By questions I had. My family loved the product I can away with. Definitely will do again.

Response from Quicksticks Workshop:

Hey, thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the session. Hope you go on to set up that workspace you described, and get crafty.


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