**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. PROJECT EXAMPLES: "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!) AVAILABILITY 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 IS IT SUITABLE FOR YOU? 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. VENUE 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.
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. WHAT TO BRING 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.
3 hours (flexible times to suit)
Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts
I've always loved making, and have been fortunate to work in creative roles for over 25 years. Two employment stints, at the legendary Eden Project and magical Centre for Alternative Technology stoked my interest in art from recycled materials. In 2019 I setup Quicksticks Workshop. My goal, to impart the joy of making, through handmade products, educational kits and practical sessions. I also now help teach Design Technology. The busy school day a perfect contrast to my quite studio.
- Intermediate level
- Father's Day
- Mother's Day
- Public transport
- Pet lovers
- Parking provided
- Advanced/pro level
- Suitable for beginners