This short but intense course is limited to two students at a time and takes place in my home-based workshop. It runs for six consecutive weeks, starting on a Monday and is part-time, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.
The course is set for the individual whether they be a total beginner or more advanced and will be totally focused on hand skills. If you are new to woodwork I will show you how to use hand tools, starting with planning a piece of wood straight and square and then moving on to cutting joints, such as mortise and tenons, lap joints, having joints and even dovetail joints, most if not all of the joints needed to start making fine furniture. Once these have been mastered we will move on to a small project, such as the box in the student work photo.
I also run a course for those who want to learn how to make use of machinery. This will start off in the same way as the hand made course, with the cutting of joints by hand, but when we come to the project, we will use machinery as well as hand tools. I will give instruction and oversee the use of the machines, this course costs £3,000
For those who already have the above skills, I can offer shorter one to one course in more advanced levels of skill, such as veneering and laminating, once these skills are mastered we can then take on a project that will use these new skills.
Tools and tea are provided.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The price also covers the cost of small amounts of wood, sandpapers and glue.
The student should also budget up to £300 for the project materials.
Tea and tools are provided.
6 weeks (2:00pm to 5:00pm)
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As someone that has been interested in woodworking as a hobby but never found the time to try it out I felt that this would be a perfect course to go for. Adrian is excellent as a tutor and has a lifetime of knowledge and experience in woodworking and is able to impart that knowledge in a relaxed and simple way. I had very little experience of woodworking but throughout the first week I was able to get used to handling different tools, using various techniques to cut and shape my own joints and in-turn build my confidence. At this point I would also add that safety measures were followed by both tutor and delegate (hand wipes, working outside when possible, face masks worn at all times). Following this first week or so, we discussed ideas for a small project which would build on the skills that I'd learnt so far and I would be undertaking this project for the rest of the course. The design, planning and drawing aspects were all discussed thoroughly - this delegate-led approach was something I found encouraging and appreciated. Overall, I was extremely pleased with my own progress throughout the course and am very happy with the project that I was able to complete. More importantly though, what this course has given me is the confidence to go away at the end and continue learning and trying woodworking at home - a huge thank you to Adrian for that. I would rate this course as a 10/10 and encourage anyone looking to try woodworking or further their skills to give this course a go and i'm sure you would find it as valuable as I have.
Response from ASP cabinet maker:Thank you Matthew for such a nice review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your course and that you leant so much, I hope that you come back sometime soon to further your skills.