Beginners 10 week woodworking course (Tuesday evenings except half terms)
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About the Course
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 or an aspiring artisan, this course will equip you with a solid foundation in basic furniture manufacture. You will:
• Learn about different types of wood and what to select for projects.
• Develop an understanding of a range of woodworking techniques.
• Gain the confidence to use basic hand tools and woodworking equipment.
At the end of the ten-week course, you will take home a handcrafted display stand made from solid American black walnut and ash which you can proudly display in your own home.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Includes all materials, use of a tool kit and light refreshment are provided
A belated thanks to Ciaran. I attended the beginners course in early Feb 2017, it was an excellent informative course run by a genial good natured fella. There was a laid-back atmosphere albeit quite intensive. Ciaran is a fine craftsman and a patient tutor, I look forward to carrying on with the intermediate course in the near future.
Andy Hamlett - - #8972
Ciaran you are a star, what an absolutely fabulous time not only enjoyed all the company but you spent time getting to know us all and offered advice on anything needless to say I know use my wadkin planet the correct way
Lee Payne - - #8713
What can I say, but wow! An excellent teacher and mentor, brilliant facilities and fantastic food. Not to mention the fact that I have learned a raft of new skills in such a short time and come away with a product that I can be proud of, as well as something that the wife is happy with!
I'm looking forward to booking onto the Intermediate course to continue my studies with Ciaran!
Martin Ball - - #8281
Like most people I came to do the course hoping for the best & fearing the worst.
However in Ciaran you have the best possible teacher for those who want to try their hand at something new.
He manages to make you feel at ease whilst teaching, is clear & concise, funny, helpful, generous with his time & knowledge & managed to coax the best out of everyone on the course.
A great bunch of people with a great teacher, endless supply of tea & biscuits with a free pub lunch thrown in everyday! What more could you want?
I'm definitely booking in for my intermediate course & look forward to learning more from the 'master'. :)
William - - #8184
Excellent course, great atmosphere and I already wish I could do intermediate one very soon! Ciarán is very good teacher and couldn't recommend his skills highly enough.
Arnold Certa - - #8182
I really enjoyed this course. It was delivered in a friendly and relaxed manner and I learned some useful skills which I can transfer to other areas of woodworking. I recommend this course for anyone interested in furniture making or general woodworking.
Mike Taylor - - #7765
I can't recommend this course enough! I did the 10 week beginners course and although I had done a little bit of woodwork in school about 10 years ago, I haven't done any since so was coming into this with no idea what I was doing. Ciarán is a great teacher and I would love to do the next course, and will definitely carry on making stuff.
Blair Smith - - #6865
Wanted to do something different from sitting in the office all days so I signed up for Ciaran's 10 week beginners course with no preconceptions. Had an absolutely great time - Ciaran is an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging and really knowledgeable and experienced. Nothing was too much trouble for him. The group I was with were also great fun and really supportive of each other. Each week we built on our skills including learning sawing and planing techniques. We also learnt lots of hints and tips which I hope to put to good use in the future. The piece of furniture I produced over the course of the 10 weeks has given me confidence that I can do so much more. This is all down to Ciaran and the support and skills he has developed in me over the 10 weeks. I would thoroughly commend this to anyone wanting to learning hand woodworking skills.
Chris McAlpine - - #6823
Ciaran's class is both fun and very helpful to improve woodworking skills. Though I took the beginners class, it felt as though I was learning fairly advanced techniques. The final product we produced also looks great thanks to Ciaran's instruction.
I highly recommend the 10 week course to anyone insterested in improving their skills. Worst case is you will be in good company for a few hours every week!
Thank you so much Ciaran, I had a blast learning from you; it was worth coming all the way from Canada for the course ;)
Aaron Mahiban - - #6740
Just finished the beginners course - enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend! It has taken me from someone who has never ever made anything at all before to someone who is now starting my own projects in my garage! Thank you Ciaran, not only have you taught me a lot but we had a great laugh along the way!
Dan Faulkner - - #6698
What a cracking course this was! Hard work but you didn't notice it as it was a great feeling knowing what you were learning and making! Highly recommend this and Ciaran is so passionate about woodwork and tools but also passing that knowledge on and seeing how people enjoy it! My Dad did the 10 week course and he also really enjoyed it!
Steve Flanagan - - #6247
I've just completed the 10 week beginners course and thoroughly enjoyed it! Ciarán is extremely passionate about his craft and this is passed down through his teaching. All aspects of the project are explained clearly and in depth so you gain a wealth of knowledge. The workshop has a relaxed and fun atmosphere and it is a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I was a complete beginner before hand but now feel confident to take on projects at home. Ciarán was great at recommending tools and is very realistic about what you need if you just wanted to enjoy woodwork as a hobby - no need for countless expensive tools, I was pleasantly suprised about how little you need! I've definitely caught the bug and can't wait to attend the Intermediate course! Thanks Ciarán! (PS. Ciarán's choice of biscuits is sometimes a little sketchy.)
Beth Maskell - - #5527
I've just completed the 10 week beginner course and from the first lesson I was hooked and looked forward to it every week. From preparing and sharpening tools through to creating your own piece of furniture, the course is invaluable for learning the fundamentals of woodworking. By the halfway point I had already been inspired to collect and prepare a full set of vintage and new tools which I used on the course (although a fine set of tools is provided) and I have already started my first piece of furniture at home.
Ciarán is a great fella and teacher creating a really laid back atmosphere with no pressure and with the small class size it's like having one to one tuition.
If you are interested in learning woodwork, Get it booked!
Darren Graham - - #5526
I have just completed the beginners course, what a fantastic experience, Ciaran certainly brings out the best of your abilities. The course is small enough to get one to one help when required which is invaluable. I have been looking for a suitable course for a while, this was just perfect so much so I have now booked for the intermediate course.
Ciaran is an excellent tutor, the course is very relaxed and I would recommend it to anyone.
Gary Cartwright - - #5518
I’ve just completed the 10 week beginners course. I was really impressed with Ciaran’s knowledge, he is a great teacher and a true craftsman. There is a really friendly, easy going atmosphere in the work shop. With only 5 people on the course, Ciaran is able to spend plenty of time with each person if needed. I’d highly recommend the beginners course to anyone who is interested in taking up wood working. Ciaran will show you the basics and give you the confidence to create your own pieces. I’m enrolled on the next wood turning course and will definitely be booking onto the intermediate course in the near future. Thank you Ciaran.
Richard Morgan - - #5475
This course has provided me with the core skills necessary to take on new challenges and larger projects. Before the course my skill level and knowledge was fairly basic. A simple box was the extent of my capabilities. I now feel confident to tackle larger pieces of furniture. I have also been taught that only a few tools are necessary to complete a job, how not to waste wood and how to go about planning a project from start to finish in the right way and dealing with problems that may arise. This is an excellent all round course. Ciaran is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and has taught me a lot. Would recommend this to anyone. I hope to progress onto his intermediate course.
Sam Howell - - #5464
Intensive is the right word for the beginners course but it was well worth every second. Ciaran is a great teacher; patient, humorous and prepared to put the hours in well over and above the stated times in order to ensure we all came away with a finished piece. I learnt things I never even knew I didn't know - incredibly useful for a complete beginner like me. I am now confident that I know what to do to restore and maintain my tools, and of course how to use them. Hard work but I enjoyed every single minute. And the biscuits really helped!
Caroline Salthouse - - #5273
I had a great time on the beginner's course, and enjoyed it so much I've signed up for the intermediate one! Ciaran provided a great combination of a relaxed atmosphere and thorough teaching of skills. :-)
Rachel - - #4857
Just completed the 10 week Monday night beginners course. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Ciaran was great; helpful guidance and very encouraging. The small group worked well and very happy with the table produced and the new knowledge and skills acquired. It has motivated me to sharpen all those old tools, clear out the shed and create some bench space for some more projects ! Can definitely recommend and will be going back to do the intermediate course later in the year. Ian
Ian Simpson - - #4735
Amazing. Great tutor. Will be booking onto another course in the future.
martin sherwood - - #4696
just finished the 10 week beginners course and learned a lot not only about sawing, planing and chiselling safely but completed a hand made display stand. Perhaps as importantly I also now know how to maintain and restore some of my old woodworking tools. Ciaran is an excellent teacher and an easy going instructor. I enjoyed the course so much i am now enrolling on two more!!
paul edwards - - #4683
I was on the recent 10 week beginner course and it covers everything a beginner will need to know, and with Ciaráns excellent learning style and patience you don't realise what you have learned until the last few lessons when suddenly out of all the sawdust, chiselling, planing and sanding appears a very nice looking display table.
The course explains techniques for creating mortise and Tenon joints, how to mark out, how to saw (sounds simple but essential for good looking tenons!), look after your hand tools and much more.
Also whilst it is advertised from 6pm, it is open from 5 so if you need some extra time to catch up you can, and if you have questions Ciarán will be there to answer, or you can just continue where you left off.
5 people were on the course with varying experience and we all managed to finish at the same time with everyone's table looking fantastic, considering 10 weeks prior most had never picked up a chisel or a planer or considered what they could do with basic hand tools.
At the end of the course the question was asked, "Could you do this now at home if you wanted", and i do believe the answer was yes from everyone.
Everyone learned techniques, skills and more importantly gained confidence, which is something Ciarán focused on, and before the course I was 'Can I?' when looking at the end result, and after the course i am now 'I Can!'
Do the course, you wont be disappointed, just be aware that you will be marking the days off your diary until the next weeks events..
Glyn Handley - - #4578
Just finished the 10 week Beginner course, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about wood working without hesitation. Genuinely the best course I have ever been on, and with only 5 people per class you really feel you are getting his full attention..
Ciaran is a gentleman, and an excellent teacher. He has a lot of patience, and is very knowledgeable about his subject. He is a true craftsmen, and it was brilliant to learn from him.
Over the course i learned so much, and Ciaran was only too happy to answer any questions we had about woodworking. I now know how to take care of my tools (very important!), saw correctly, plane, mortise and tenon, and ultimately how to make a piece of furniture. It is the confidence the course gives you which i feel is key.
The display table is of such high quality, i doubt people will believe i made it. But i did, and I know it will spur me on to make more items for my house!
David Aspinall - - #4568
For the last 10/11 weeks I have been on the beginners wood work course & it's been brilliant! I finished my display cabinet on Tuesday & it looks great in the corner of our living room!
Ciaran is such a good teacher, he was very patient with me & he would always notice if I was struggling & come help me!
He is a true craftsman, so passionate about his work, & he makes everything look so easy!!!
I had no experience with woodwork before this course, but now I feel Ciaran has given me the confidence to give things a go. I have my own chisels & work bench now so theres no excuses!
Thank you Ciaran! Come see the giraffes some time
Hannah Sievewright - - #4565
Excellent course which is recommended without hesitation. Ciaran is an excellent teacher and makes a decent cup of coffee too. The course project, a display stand, was proficiently accomplished by everyone on the course, even if it took some (i.e. me) a little longer than others to finish. Despite not ever having had any woodwork lessons before, I never felt out of my depth. The expert tuition with constant good humour and good company ensured the course was thoroughly enjoyable.
Hilary Kenworthy - - #3933
I missed the first two weeks due to other commitments but Ciaran has able to help me catch up with the others. Over the course I gained more and more confidence and ended up maing a piece of furniture I was proud of, despite constantly thinking I messed up every time, especially when chiselling the wood or joints. Ciaran has the patience of a saint as there were times that I thought I ruined the wood but he was able to help me and teach how not to make the mistake again. I also had some tools that needed re-sharpening that he was able to repair them as well.
I will definitely be using these skills for making new pieces of furniture and other works.
Grant Mealyou - - #3802
Just completed the 10 week evening beginners course. Ciara is an excellent teacher and the course was very enjoyable. I really learned a lot in a very friendly and easy going atmosphere.
The course overun the allocated time but Ciaran was happy to accommodate the group with patience and good humour.
I shall certainly be attending the intermediate course and would have no hesitation in recommending this course all to aspiring woodworkers
Jim - - #3782
Ciarán is a fabulous chap, knowledgeable, experienced, patient and entertaining. His teaching style is superb, he inspires confidence in you and empowers you to achieve great results.
The folk on my group were all lovely and between us we created a fun learning vibe which really made the course for me. I learnt far more than I thought I would and walked away with a nice table to show for it.
Having a delicious generous sit down lunch in the café opposite the workshop was a real bonus and a chance for us all to exchange stories and experiences.
I would highly recommend Ciaran and his courses to anyone.
James Hobson - - #3750
I have just finished the 10 week beginners course with Cairan, As a novice with very little knowledge of woodwork and recovering from a serious illness, I was unsure as to wether this course would be beyond me, when I met Cairan he made me very welcome, he is a very experienced and skillful teacher which put me at ease. He explains things simply which makes them easy to understand.
He helped and encouraged me throughout the whole course. I learn't a lot of basic skills which I used to make a Jardiniere, which I brought home at the end of the course which was appreciated by the family.
I now feel confident to tackle woodworking projects and have made myself a small workshop, all thanks to Cairan.
Frank Rowlands - - #3742
Ciaran is brilliant!
He is a real craftsman with a great passion and pride in what he does. I've just finished the 4 day intensive course and he was the ideal tutor. His explanations, guidance, encouragement, assistance and flexibility all together really made it a pleasure to learn in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. I'm delighted with the quality of the piece that I made. The ash and black walnut have a great contrasting look. I'd feel pretty confident now about tackling fairly intricate joinery compared to my previous rough and ready DIY skills!
The tasty lunches at the cafe next door were a daily treat included in the price :-P
Doug Colton - - #3723
I recently completed the 10 week beginners course and I have already signed up for the intermediate course! After just a few lessons Ciarán had taught me enough basic skills to confidently build myself a garden bench using tenon and mortise joints, and by the end of the course I had created a hand crafted piece of furniture that I am very proud of and never would have thought I could produce! Ciarán is a genuinely nice chap and it was always a great atmosphere in the workshop (so long as you don't mind his singing) even if it hadn't been one of the best decisions I've ever made going into this course, I'd still be going back for the chocolate hobnobs and good craic, so I would. Roll on September!
Dave Smallman - - #3246
I really enjoyed the time on the course, it’s given me something I want to continue to learn and a set of skills I love putting into practice.
Martin Bennett - - #3215
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Course Start DatesTuesday 1st May 2018
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