Cracket! 2 Day hand tool woodworking - build a cracket stool for beginners



Learn by doing is the name of the game with our introductory hand tool woodwroking course. Over two days you will learn the fundamentals of hand tool woodworking while building a Cracket stool - a traditional North East mining stool. You will be introduced to a core range of hand tools and shown how to use them correctly. From marking and measuring with accuracy, to learning to chisel, saw and use a hand plane with confidence, our aim is to give you a sound foundation of hand tool skills that you can then use in your future woodworking projects. The courses are run from our small workshop in the heart of Weardale in County Durham, a stunning remote part of the country with dramatic landscapes and varied wildlife in abundance. The workshop is nestled next to a stream in the heart of a beautiful and calming nature reserve which is home to a wild array of flora and fauna. Our location provides an extra dimension of relaxation and escapism from the world where you can focus on the calming simplicity of hand tool woodworking. You will be shown how to cut basic joinery components as well as learn tips and tricks of the trade to ensure your hand tool woodworking is accurate and effortless. At the end of your two day course, not only will you leave with a functional and sturdy piece of furniture, you will also possess simple hand tool woodworking skills that will last a lifetime. Learn to saw, chisel and plane with confidence, discover different joinery techniques and have an opportunity to try more specialist hand tools

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials will be provided, all you need to bring is a packed lunch!


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


ANH Artisan has over 15 year experience making furniture. We passionately believe woodwork should be a key household skill again and want to give people the opportunity to learn key household woodworking skills that will last a lifetime.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
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We are situated at the heart of a former quarry which, while beautiful, means the ground can be quite uneven underfoot. In addition to this there are steps up to the workshop and our toilet facilities are accessed up a small grassy bank to the side of the workshop. While we will try our upmost to accomodate every woodworker, the limitations of our site will offer some challenges to those with additional access needs. However, please get in contact with me via this platform and we can discuss your needs further.

During the course, you will be provided with all the tools you need as this ensures all tools are sharp and ready to safely use. For this reason you wont be able to use your own tools, however if you have any hand tools you want advice on how to set up, sharpen etc then by all means bring them along and I can give advice during the tea break.


Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, BISHOP AUCKLAND, County Durham, DL13 2SG