This course is for anyone who has an interest in furniture design and making.
No prior woodworking experience is necessary as you will be guided step-by-step through the different processes to create a piece of furniture.
This hands-on course will introduce you to a wide range of hand tools, machine tools and spray finishing techniques.
On this course, you will:
- be inducted into our well-equipped product design workshops
- use tools such as dimension saws, surface plainers, thickness plainers, flatbed sanders, routers and spindles
- explore different finishing techniques that will make your piece truly unique.
What will you gain?
By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of the different workshop processes, and a finished piece of furniture (a coffee table with drawer made from oak) that shows how you have applied these to your project.
Entry requirement: No experience is required.
Here's what our previous attendees have said:
"Fantastic tutor, very knowledgeable." JBC
"I enjoyed completing the whole process from rough timber to a finished product. Carl was an exceptional teacher who was very clear in his instructions and made the course relatable to other projects. I would recommend this course to anyone." CC
"10/10 - thank you!" HS
"Fantastic course. Carl is an excellent teacher. He took time to explain each action, and was always happy to help when needed. I can't rate him highly enough. Great tutor and first class facilities." SF
"Carl is an exceptional tutor who has endless energy and is a huge asset to the university." JW
"Carl is a fantastic, hugely knowledgeable instructor. It's been great learning from him." AS
Tutor Profile: Carl Smith has over twenty years’ experience making bespoke and mass production furniture, and is one of NTU’s longest serving furniture makers.
He started his career as an award-winning apprentice for Stag Furniture, and eventually trained to full certification as a journeyman, winning many other awards along the way including the National Skills Builder winners’ title and Olympia Cup gold medallist title.
In his daily role Carl advises students on the design and construction of prototype models. His knowledge and expertise is used on many UG and PG courses at NTU, including product and furniture design, architecture, interior architecture and visual and decorative arts.
Click through above to book your place online.
Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
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?
25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, and materials included.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Maximum class size: 9
Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG1 4FQ