Box Making Weekend in Cumbria

Duration: 2 days (weekend)

Price: £275

Run by: Mark Farrelly
at Lakeland Cabinet Makers

07917 608090

The Wood Workshop
7 & 8 Redhills Business Park
CA11 0DT

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About the Course

2 day box making courses held on weekends throughout the year in beautiful Cumbria. Make your own handmade wooden box.

The courses are fun and relaxed, yet will give you the skills & confidence to make stunning boxes on your own. The courses are run from a fully equipped cabinet making work shop. All tools and safety equipment are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish. Ear defenders and dust masks are yours to keep at the end of 2 days. Tea and coffee is on tap :-)

You will get to make a box from a selection of hardwoods, with either a lift off top or a hinged top with solid brass hinges if desired, Your choice. The completed box can be lined with a selection of materials from leather to felt and will be finished with oil and wax.

There will be a maximum of 4 people per course with 2 tutors available, meaning a maximum ratio of 2 students to 1 tutor, giving you the most of our time. The box you make will be of a fairly simple design with either mitred or dovetailed joints. All brass ware and materials are provided in the cost. Time permitting you could also do some inlay work on your box. As well as the practical side we will also give you lots of tips and answer all your questions as we go. I have designed the boxes to be doable in the 2 days, in the event you don't quite finish, all the wood work side of things should be done, just leaving the finishing to be done at home, for which I can provide you with some finishing oil and wax. I will have demonstrated how to do this during the weekend.

Please see the link above for more details. I am happy to answer any questions over the phone or by email.

Keen woodworkers may also be interested in the 5 day cabinet making courses courses run by our partners in The Wood Workshop. I also teach in the courses. Please put 'woodwork' into the search box above to find further details of these.

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?

The courses cost £275 per person inc all materials and as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

All tools and safety equipment will be provided ( ear defenders and dust masks are yours to keep) and a fully equipped workshop. You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them, we will show you how to use/set them up properly if you wish. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Unfortunately being weekends our usual sandwich van will not be around, so you will have to bring your own lunch. A microwave is also available to use. There is a little chef and burger king within walking distance of the workshop as well as a garage 2 min drive away which sells sandwiches, pies and rolls.

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Great course and I came away having learned so much. Made a lovely dovetailed box with a feature Australian silky oak lid, which was brass pin pivoted and the inside was leather lined.. all over a weekend. With 2 students to one instructor (Mark) there was never any problem in asking for advice or questions. Worth every penny!

- - #11855

Excellent course and Mark a very patient teacher and balanced the right amount of teaching and demonstration with allowing me to get on with my box and quietly supervising. End result a beautiful box, far nicer than anything else I have ever made and a shed load of new skills. What my wife didnt bank on when she booked the course were all the essential items of workshop equipment I will now need to buy to kit out my own workshop 😁

- - #11221

The weekend box making is real joy. No matter how much woodworking background one has, there is a lot to learn from Mark who is a very creative craftsman. I am glad i came for this course it was well worth it.
Thank you Mark. You have certainly made me a more confident woodworking hobbiest.

- - #10493

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- - #10491

Excellent course. Mark was outstanding in showing us everything and we were never kept idle. This was my first time wood working and everything was made exceptionally clear and simple. The materials and tools were also second to none and all thoroughly detailed and explained.

I can not recommend this course enough!

- - #10134

I have just completed the weekend box making course and would highly recommend it . The help and tuition from Mark was exceptionally good . I am proud of the boxes I made and the skills I learned .
It is one of the best things I have done .

- - #9815

This was the first woodworking i had ever done, never really used tools, or even knew the names of some tools.
Mark was an excellent teacher, i learnt so much over the two days, he was also very patient and answered every question i had, no matter how stupid the question was! I used a variety of hand tools and power tools, and had a lovely box by the end of the weekend.
I found this course as a great introduction to working with wood and would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who asks, and would definitely take any future courses that Mark puts on.

- - #8940

A very good course. I had no real previous wood working skills but even so managed to produce a very satisfactory box in the two days. Mark is a good tutor and along the way I picked up a lot of useful information from him on using tools and materials. Recommended.

- - #8590

I have recently returned from this box-making course in Penrith and it was excellent. Mark teaches in a very relaxed and encouraging manner which enabled me to dust off some old woodworking skills and learn some new ones. I now have a beautiful lined flip top box made of oak and ash. I would fully recommend this course!

- - #8271

Mark is a true craftsman. You will learn a lot on this short course. I loved it.

- - #8005

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- - #6858

Having already covered a fair amount in fine furniture woodworking on my college course I went on the box making course and really enjoyed it. I learnt various new techniques on machines and by hand including decorative dovetails, cutting hinges, finishing and lining boxes. Mark and Richard were both brilliant tutors and passed on their skills and knowledge of woodwork with great enthusiasm. The ratio was fantastic with 2 tutors to 3 students. I was delighted with the end result. I would highly recommend this course and would like to do another.

- - #5880

What a fantastic course! I arrived as a novice with a limited idea of how to do much with wood. The challenge of making a box over a weekend seemed a little daunting, especially when offered the choice of what sort of box to make while looking at a range of Mark's work.
Mark is an excellent teacher, and quickly helped me gain confidence as I learnt a whole range of new skills. His experience both as a craftsman and teacher shine through with great tips and support all given in a really relaxed style.
The course is held in Mark's very well equipped workshop which is in a beautiful setting just a few minutes walk from the Rheged centre.
By the end of the course I was amazed at how much we had covered and even more amazed at the box I had made.

- - #5065

I really enjoyed this course. Mark was friendly and helpful and guided us in making the boxes rather than being overly prescriptive. At the start of the course you are shown samples of the boxes that Mark sells and you can choose the one you want to make (or design your own using elements from a number of styles if you prefer). You are then instructed in how to safely use the various tools/ machines needed to make the box and given the space to learn the required techniques at your own pace (in my case that meant making a lot of mistakes and wasting a lot of wood). I was also impressed with the quality of timber we were given to use, I expected to be using standard timbers but we given beautiful pieces of furniture grade oak to work with. All in I had a fantastic weekend.

- - #4624

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- - #3844

I have just completed the weekend box making course and was impressed not only by Mark's own boxes but his depth of knowledge and how he explained everything in detail as we proceeded - and I ended up with a beautiful Cumbrian Elm box which has been much admired. The detailed explanations, hints, tips, sharpening, info on workshop practice all added to my knowledge. Above all, Mark has very high standards and this rubbed off throughout the course.

- - #3635

I greatly enjoyed this course. Mark explains the steps, techniques and tools used to take selected timber and produce a professional-looking box. The workshop has a good range of woods available and Mark takes you through each stage of making a box and the variations you can have.
I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in trying their hand at box making or craft woodwork in general. Starting as a box-making novice, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the result I achieved with Mark's tuition.

- - #3342

Just completed the box making course with Mark - June 2015. I'm an amateur woodworker with limited experience but with Marks expert tuition and guidance I managed to make a beautiful, high quality box that I can be very proud of. An excellent opportunity to learn new skills and improve knowledge. Relaxed approach in a well equipped workshop in beautiful Lakeland setting. I can thoroughly recommend the course.

- - #2873

I've just completed the box making course and absolutely loved it! its great to see your very own piece come together from a 'lump' of wood to a beautiful box. Mark was a very good teacher - very patient with me! I'd love to go back and do more of the courses run at the wood workshop.

- - #2342

I had previously been on a cabinet making course that Mark teaches with Richard at the Wood workshop, While there I admired Mark's boxes on display in the showroom with much envy. Talking to him about his boxes, he told me about the courses he was setting up and I jumped at the chance to be on the inaugural course.
I already knew the standard of tuition which not surprisingly was maintained on the weekend course. Good fun, relaxed but at the same time fairly intense. The result.....a fantastic box, the standard of which I was amazed at, especially in 2 days! Admittedly with lots of guidance :-)
Thanks for a great weekend. will be back for more courses in the future.

- - #1953

Having been with Richard and Mark on the 5 day tools and things course I wanted to try my hand at "box making" on the brand new weekend course. What a great weekend we had lots of fun, a great deal of informative was gathered and I went home with a lovely box to show/give to my wife.
Highly recommended.

- - #1925

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