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Four day intensive beginners woodwork course


About the Course

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 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.

NB: Spaces are limited to ensure that attendees get lots of individual support.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The price includes all materials, use of a tool kit, lunch at The White Lion, Alvanley and light refreshments throughout the day.


Ciarán at Cheshire Woodworking Courses
Old Alvanley Garage
Alvanley, Chester
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  • Residential
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4 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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- - #29752

I would recommend this course even if you have a lot of knowledge of woodworking as I thought I did. It taught me a lot about woodworking, planning, thinking, sharpening tools and having more patience.

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- - #28789

Ciarán is an excellent teacher and this is a great course, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Plus there is plenty of tea and biscuits and lunch is great :)

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- - #28272

A wonderful course full of really useful skills taught by a very experienced teacher.

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- - #28196

I can’t thank Ciaran enough. I’ve taken so much away from this course and picked up a lot of new skills for life.

The workshop is such a great place in which to learn, with plenty of space and lots of tools to practice with. His course is really relaxed and very informative and you never feel stressed or worried you will mess up as he’s always on hand to help.

Anyone who has ever thought of learning to work with wood should look no further than this course as you will learn a lot in a short period from a brilliant instructor.

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- - #21906

There's not much I can say here that hasn't been said already. Excellent course, I would recommend it for anyone beginning in woodwork.

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- - #19146

Such a brilliant course! Excellent teaching, well-structured and guaranteed to equip you with a good set of core skills and make you feel confident about undertaking projects of your own. Ciarán is so patient and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and clearly loves to share them. My fellow participants were also great - we bonded quickly and were soon cheering each other on as we progressed. Some of us (me) were slower than others, but that didn’t seem to be a problem, and I never felt as though I was falling behind - just going at my own pace.

All that, and I now have a lovely table! I’m already planning my next course....

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- - #18329

I have just completed this course and cannot rate it highly enough. Ciaran is a lovely chap with a real passion for his craft. His gun boxes are outstanding examples of his ability. The course is very intensive and we produced a very nice tall table. I have done basic woodwork with power tools but now know the difference between this and real carpentry. The facilities and equipment provided are great and the lunches at The White Lion very sociable. I have already booked myself on the intermediate course and am going to upgrade my tool kit. Thanks again Ciaran.

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- - #17405

I've just completed the intensive four-day beginners course and can't recommend it highly enough. I'd last done a bit of woodwork at school (now a LONG time ago) and really wanted to get back into it with a view to a hobby or possibly making pieces to sell.
Ciaran is a great teacher and a smashing bloke (who also makes a mean cup of tea/coffee). The atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly and Ciaran taught us a wide range of woodworking skills, but also including tool selection and refurbishing, and some really good insights on choice and prices of wood.
There were six of us on the course and we were all absolutely delighted with the beautiful ash and walnut display tables we made during the final two intensive days of the course - we didn't know if we'd be capable of it, but with Ciaran's expert tuition we were!
Everyone should do this course!

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- - #15067

This was a great experience . Ciaran's teaching style is relaxed , but engaging and shares his experience very effectively
The course is very instructive over a whole range of areas
Ciaran has been responsive to further inquiries over my first project, which has ben very helpful
I would not hesitate to join up to the next course up

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- - #14945

Ciaran is an excellent tutor, the course takes you from basics through to a finished piece of useful furniture - the main thing I got out of this course was confidence in having a go. I had all the books and tools but not necessarily the confidence to "go for it". Ciaran paces the course so no one is waiting or feeling pressured to catch up. His teaching manor is informative without being condescending. I positively looked forward to going in each day. I cannot recommend it enough.

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- - #12773

I decided to take up a new hobby and found Ciaran's website offering woodworking courses. I booked the 4 day beginners course and it was the best introduction to woodworking I could have hoped for. Ciaran takes you through some basics, such as tool sharpening and the correct and safe way to use the tools and marking out the cuts to start with. The class size is a maximum of 6 which guarantees plenty of personal tuition time and there are as many tea breaks with biscuits as you want.
The course is fairly intense and physical but the rewards are worth it. In 4 days I made a small side table using American Black Walnut and Ash and I was very proud of the result.

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- - #12658

Loved every minute! Ciaran’s teaching style is relaxed and encouraging, I learnt so much. When I thought I was struggling with a technique, Ciaran gave me hints and tips and never rushed me, letting me get there in my own time. I really appreciated his tutoring style and sense of humour!
I was a total novice but now have the confidence to pick up a chisel/ plane or saw, knowing how to use and look after them....properly!

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- - #12647

I was delighted with this course and would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about tools and techniques in wood working. The group sizes are perfect, so can spend as much or as little time you need with Ciaran. I felt a real sense of achievement, knowing everything we made was with hand tools.

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- - #12644

After 27 years of corporate life and countless courses, this stands out as the best course by far, partly because woodworking was something I have a personal interest in but also because of the excellent instructor, Ciarán, as well as the stunning location and fantastic lunches at the White Lion. Highly recommended

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- - #11715

I completed the 4 days beginners' course a few weeks ago and enjoyed every minute of it. It was great to learn how to do a lot of new things regarding woodworking and just as great to learn how to do properly those things I have tried before!
The teaching was excellent; Ciaran explained very clearly and was always on hand to lend help when needed. To be able to go home at the end of the course with an item of furniture of which I could be proud was fantastic. I am certain that everyone on the course not only benefitted from what we all learned but also enjoyed immensely the conviviality of the four days.
Thanks, Ciaran; I look forward to doing a few more jobs and then taking on the intermediate course.

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- - #11529

Ciaran is an inspirational teacher and is passionate about tools, wood, making beautiful things from wood, and passing on that love! The four day beginners' course was packed with useful tips about how to get the best out of tools and materials, in addition to how to make neat mortice and tenon joints and other basics. The course was great fun and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to learn the basics properly or to improve the quality of their work.

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- - #11526

I was a genuine woodwork beginner, Ciaran's background in teaching meant that everyone (with different abilities) on the course was catered for‎. I enjoyed every day, learnt new skills, was inspired and Ciaran shared many tips and gave lots of knowledgeable advice from how to renovate and maintain tools to where to source wood. To sum up the course in one word it would be AWESOME. 

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- - #11512

As an absolute beginner in any form of woodworking I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I learnt so much. From understanding how to care for, maintain and use hand tools properly and safely, to building an Ash and Walnut display table using a various array of techniques, all patiently taught by the master craftsman that is Ciarán. His relaxed and encouraging teaching style quickly allayed any fears I had, meaning I could enjoy the course from the very start.

I am now working on a few small projects to build more confidence and skill before booking myself on the intermediate course

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- - #9838

Th course was fantastic, it has given me the basic knowledge needed to start my own practice. The workspace is brilliant, and there are all the necessary tools if you don't have your own. Any questions you have are answered enthusiastically and there is an overall energy that spurs you on to do well and continue creating, designing and experimenting.

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- - #9761

I really recommend Cheshire Woodworking if you want to start getting into Woodworking. The 5 day beginners course was amazing and I always looked forward to it coming around each week. During the course I learnt alot, Ciarán explained everything brilliantly. I had the achievement of producing a piece of furniture at the end which was wonderful. From this experience I now feel ready to continue to give other woodworking items ago with the skills I have gained. In the future I am considering attending the intermediate course which looks great. Ciarán is so dedicated to his students and wants them to succeed in the items they produce. The course was so enjoyable and I met some lovely people, we all also enjoyed our meals at the pub and lovely cake and tea in the workshop.
A very big thank you to Ciarán as all the students on the course produced lovely items. A very worthwhile course indeed!

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- - #8890

I've just completed the four day intensive beginners course and absolutely loved it. Coming into the course I could barely saw in a straight line and at the end of 4 days I left with a beautiful piece of furniture that I still can’t quite believe I made.

Ciarán is passionate about woodworking but also showing others that they can do it too no matter how little experience they might have. Ciarán’s background in teaching really shows, the class was perfectly paced and small enough that not only everyone got the help and advice that they needed from Ciarán but also got to know each other well, chatting and helping out where needed.

I have come away with new skills and the motivation to build on them going forward. I would recommend this course without hesitation, oh and the lunches everyday were excellent!

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- - #8716

I completed the 4 day intensive course at the start of march. its a very good course. Ciarán is an excellent teacher and deserves the full 5 star rating and that doesn't include being fuelled by all the teas, coffees and biscuits he plied us with. The course and Ciarán has spurred me on into taking up woodworking as a hobby, and to possibly take it further later on.
I'm now making a jointer plane with ash from Potters and some mahogany I got from the local amenity tip! The next job will be a workbench :)

Thanks Ciarán, much appreciated.

PS. good tip on Roys Relics, I picked up a No.3 and a No.4 1/2 Bailey along with a couple of other bits :)

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- - #8261

I've just completed this 4 day course and can honestly say it was absolutely fantastic - I returned home a very happy and satisfied person with my new piece of hand made furniture. Ciarán is an amazing & engaging tutor - full of passion, knowledge, patience and encouragement. The 4 days flowed seamlessly and there was never a dull moment. I'm going to put my newly learned skills into practice and next year take the intermediate course - I whole heartedly agree with ALL the 5 star comments below - such a top chap.

Ciarán, I owe you !

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- - #8259

I've just completed the four-day 'Intensive Beginners' course with my 22 year old son. Challenging, exhausting but so rewarding even for someone with my limited abilities.
Ciarán is an exceptional teacher, patient, skilled and able to provide just the right level of support needed by each one of us.
Perhaps most importantly, the course was immense fun helped by an inexhaustible supply of tea, coffee, biscuits, and a really great bunch of guys.
It was my lad's idea to do this and I'm so glad we did. One day we'll be back for the intermediate level. I thoroughly recommend it.

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- - #6809

Just completed the 4 day beginners course, thanks to Ciaráns endless patience and guidance. The last time I attempted any type of woodworking was back in school, so I really was a beginner. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the workshop and has given me the confidence to work on home projects, which was my intention when I booked the course. Would highly recommend the beginners course, and it is my intention to start saving for the intermediate course as soon as possible! Thanks very much Ciarán!!

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- - #6135

Thank you Ciaran.
This was an excellent course; get value for money. Ciaran is a very good teacher, I never felt hassled, or left not understanding what I was supposed to be doing. Having not done woodwork since I was at school this was perfect for me. I left with a hand crafted piece of furniture which I could be proud of. I received an in depth insight into tool maintenance and care. Quite frankly I didn't expect to gain so much from the course. I give this a very high recommendation, I was extremely impressed.

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- - #6037

Just completed the 4 day intensive course and have left feeling confident and excited about the future. I am currently taking evening joinery classes and will be recommending to everyone there.

Ciaran is a fantastic tutor who goes above and beyond for his students and is clearly very passionate about his work.

I can't thank Ciaran enough for the amazing experience and helping me develop my skills. Hopefully I will attend more courses in the future.

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- - #6036

Really enjoyed the four day intensive beginners course.Very clear instruction and lots of " hands on " practice. Course gave me confidence to try the techniques and what a buzz when you achieved a very passable result! Nothing is too much trouble for Ciaran. Relaxed atmosphere but steady hard work. You get an awful lot of information,help and experience in one course!

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- - #6035

I really enjoyed the 4 day course ! The location in the Arts Centre is great.
We were taught not just how to use the tools but how to maintain them and which ones to buy. Ciaran was so helpful in dealing with my mistakes - my finished article has been much admired and I have the confidence to try and make something on my own once my back and hands have recovered from a hard 4 days !! It is the start to a new retirement hobby and a great refresher from when I did carpentry at school 50+ years ago !

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- - #6034

An absolutely superb course !!
Having just completed the 4 day intensive course I can highly recommend it. Ciaran is a great teacher and excellent craftsmen. His knowledge of woodwork is outstanding and he passes this on in a thoroughly enjoyable fashion. His patience, enthusiasm, great humour and plentiful supply or tea makes the days fly by (although his choice in music can sometimes leave a little to be desired). He encouraged us throughout the course, helped rectify any mistakes and was as proud of our work as we were. To top it all we not only came away with a beautiful piece of work but also the skills and knowledge to carry our own woodworking forward. Thank you Ciaran.

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- - #6032

I completed the 4 day intensive beginners course in November. I've still not tired of showing off my completed table!
I had done a few bits and bobs before, but this course did exactly what I hoped it would do; fill in some gaps in my knowledge and give me a foundation of practical skills that I could then progress from.
The workshop is good, and having the cafe on site with free lunch was a real bonus! It was nice to learn with others, too.
Ciaran is clearly a very skilled craftsman, and it was a real pleasure to take away even a tiny bit of his knowledge and experience. He got it right in terms of the balance between pushing you, and building your confidence. He very kindly fixed my table when all threatened to go wrong near the end!
I guess the mark of a good course is that you want to go back to the next level course and that's exactly what I'll do.
Thanks again Ciaran, see you soon!

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- - #6031

Just completed the 4day intensive beginners course and would like to thank Ciaran for a fantastic course.
Ciaran passes on his in depth knowledge with great passion and enthusiasm, taking time to pace the course to the individuals requirements . When the course has come to an end you will be tired but so satisfied with your finished work piece you just want to start the next level.
Here's to the next course for more new skills and meeting Some more fellow trainees.

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- - #6030

The four day beginner’s course is intensive but also very enjoyable. The added bonus being that the satisfaction / sense of achievement from producing a finished piece of furniture comes sooner!
Skills and techniques are learnt not only from Ciaran’s very passionate tuition but also from other fellow trainees who (on this course) having varying trade backgrounds are happy to pass on their knowledge.
The pace of the course is not forced by the programme timeframe. Ciaran ensures that everybody is given enough time and support to complete each stage whilst also keeping everybody engaged and working together. Ciaran was happy for trainees to begin earlier and or stay later to complete, there is definitely no clock watching.

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- - #6029

Just finished the 4 day intensive beginners course. Ciaran is an excellent teacher, very skilled and helpful. It was a pleasure to take part on this course.
The course can begin earlier or you can stay later to complete your work.
Tiring but highly recommended, Thank you.

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- - #6028

Just completed the 4 day intensive beginners course and can honestly say it has been the best course I have ever done. Ciaran's informal teaching style is great and not only have we left the course with a great looking piece of furniture we also have enough skills and confidence to try things on our own. With only having 5 people on the course you get plenty of time and help from Ciaran when needed. Teas, coffees and mandatory biscuits were plentiful. My body feels achy today.....but it is a good ache and a worthy reminder of the time, effort and plasters (!!) expended!

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- - #6027

I've just finished the intensive 4 day beginners course with Ciaran and I have to say, it's the best course I've ever been on. I had very little woodwork experience before I started but now have the confidence to make my own piece of furniture using mortise and tenon joints. Ciaran is an excellent tutor, very patient and a fantastic host. He has an impressive range of teas and caters well for food allergies too. With just 5 people on the course, Ciaran was able to spend time with each of us individually to ensure we understood each task. I can't wait to get started on my own project now, as soon as I stock up on plasters. Then will hopefully be back soon to do the intermediate course.

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- - #6026

I went from total beginner and no idea to building something I was proud of in 4 days. Ciaran was great - funny, very helpful and ensured the course went smoothly. Learnt so much that is applicable to woodwork but also DIY and definitely want to continue with what I have learnt.

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- - #6025

I have just completed the 4 Day intensive beginners course with Ciaran and I could not recommend it enough. The understanding that Ciaran has for the materials and the passion he shows for his craft is both infectious and an absolute joy to be part of. If you're a complete beginner or have done some woodwork previously Ciaran's relaxed approach to the group ensures his time is given to everybody and you will come away with something to be really proud of . The intensive course is exactly what it says on the tin but you will have some great laughs and meet some really great like minded people.
A big thumbs up and a thank you to Ciaran for sharing his time and knowledge with our group and I have learned skills I will treasure . See you on the intermediate course . Mark

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- - #6024

I have just completed the 4 day intensive beginners course. What an awesome weekend. I cannot believe how much I have learned on this course. Ciarán is an excellent teacher and master craftsman. The 4 days are really full on but the atmosphere is laid back and enjoyable. Overall the course was a very satisfying experience that I would fully recommend to anyone interested in learning more about woodworking. I will definitely be looking to build on my newly acquired skills with the intermediate course :)

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- - #6023

I’ve just completed a fantastic 4 day beginner’s course. A wonderful experience of learning new woodwork skills, while producing a piece of furniture that I can take home with me and be proud of. I had the opportunity to learn in the friendly atmosphere provided by Ciaran, while he shared his wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as lots of drinks and biscuits throughout the day, not to mention the lunch together at the castle park centre. Most of all I now have the knowledge to take home and apply in my own woodworking in the future.

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- - #6022

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