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Contemporary bench making weekend course


About the Course

Make a robust but elegant 2 seater interior bench with a beautiful hand tooled texture. Learn to use super sharp hand planes and cabinet scrapers to shape the subtle curves of the seat. Use specialised rotary planes and a hand powered lathe to make spindles.
Everyone comes away with new furniture making skills and a beautifully finished bench.
Open to all abilities, however the course is somewhat physically demanding. Includes a wholesome lunch both days.

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What's included in the price?

All locally sourced wood is supplied. All top quality chair making tools provided.
Wholesome veggie lunch both days.
Rough and ready off grid camping available.


Ambrose at Ambrose Vevers Woodworking
Ashburton, Newton Abbot
TQ13 7EN
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Suitable for

  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday

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In-person course
- - #26374

Hugely enjoyable weekend - great location, great tuition, great atmosphere, new skills learnt and a fantastic bench to take home.

In-person course
- - #25097

A very well organised weekend. Interesting and unusual tools, some of which I had not used before. A most enjoyable time and a nice bench to show for it.

In-person course
- - #25096

Super weekend. I look at my bench and can’t believe I made it! A perfect setting, expert guidance, all the necessary tools and just the right amount of help made for a great experience and a lovely piece of furniture. Soup at lunch was excellent too. Many thanks to Aidan and Ambrose.

In-person course
- - #24932

Fantastic weekend! I'd never done any wood craft previously and I was a little apprehensive about the course. However, I shouldn't have worried and I had a wonderful time. Ambrose was knowledgable and patient. The setting was picturesque and food amazing. Aiden was also massively supportive and helpful.
I have a new woodwork obsession..... I would definitely recommend this weekend course.

In-person course
- - #22471

Such a great couple of days learning a range of traditional hand-tool techniques and crafting a beautiful bench to take home.

The group was small enough to ensure quality input from Ambrose (our instructor) and help was always at hand if required.

Great fun and lots to learn in a relaxed and informal environment.

In-person course
- - #21783

Outstanding course. I made a beautiful bench which I'm really proud of, and had a brilliant time doing it. Ambrose is a patient, understated and expert teacher who explains techniques and approaches clearly along with showing you the skills. The barn is a fantastic location, easy to reach from Ashburton and another beautiful example of Ambrose's skill. The delicious and wholesome food provided by Ambrose's sister is worth the trip in itself!

I'm recommend to anyone of any ability with an interest in woodworking. You'll produce a work of art and learn a huge amount doing it.

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