Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
This course is aimed at the confident woodworker who just wants to fine tune their skills or students who will have completed the beginner’s course in order to continue building on the skills learned already.
Students will use their skills to make a handcrafted solid wood coffee table, made from ash, using mortise and tenon joints and will also learn new skills by creating other joints such as T dovetail and mitre bridle Joints.
Students will also be taught how to use a router confidently which will enable them to run rebates for the glass top (not supplied) and also for moulds on the table top frame.
There are five students per course which creates a friendly and workable atmosphere.
This course is full on and very challenging but on completion it is extremely rewarding.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Includes all materials, use of a tool kit and light refreshment are provided.
Pub lunch on each day also provided.
I jumped straight into the Intermediate course with a little trepidation having not done the Beginners course first but I needn't have worried, Ciarán is an excellent teacher. He takes you through each process and is always there to guide/rescue when needed. Best of all you come out of it with a real piece of furniture (a coffee table)!
Mark Thornton - - #24902
Ciaron is highly experienced and a great teacher. A very pleasant man to spend time with. Highly recommended.
Nick Ridgway - - #23293
Great course & great teacher in Ciaran
John Ingle - - #22622
Excellent course. Ciaran led us through the various works needed in an easy to understand method and was always there to help you if you were having any problems. Friendly and sociable atmosphere. Above all it has given me confidence to go off to design and make my own items of furniture
David Henton - - #22614
I cannot recommend this course highly enough. I really enjoyed the beginners course and the intermediate builds on this. The coffee table we made looks very professional. It has 24 joints of 4 different types and required time and patience to build. Ciaran is an excellent tutor and takes you through each stage really well. He is always on hand to give help, and is a very amiable chap with a fund of stories. His workshop is very well equipped and the banter with other course participants good fun. The walk over the fields to the White Lion for lunch makes a refreshing break before getting back to the workbench. I have now got my own workshop equipped, and ordered my first batch of hardwood from Potters in Northwich. I am building a round kitchen table using the techniques Ciaran taught us. If you want to get the confidence to start your own projects then do this course.
Rob Stephenson - - #21889
I would highly recommend this course.
I completed the intermediate course early in 2018, after the beginners course in 2017. Both courses were great. Really informative and fun, but hard work! It was amazing to take home the end result along with new skills.
Ciarán is a fantastic teacher, and a lovely bloke. Organised, patient and unassuming, which makes the course great for complete newbies, or hobbyists with a bit of experience already.
The workshop is a welcoming environment (although make sure to wrap up in the colder months), and the tools he has for students to work with are great.
Craig Evans - - #19423
Just completed the intermediate course. Challenging and throughly enjoyable. It was some 2 years ago I did the beginners course at the craft centre in Frodsham. More of a time gap than I plannned but so glad I came back. Ciaran’s Workshop in Alvenley is so much bigger with all the space and tools you need. A great team of supportive ‘students’ to work alongside and lots of help and guidance from Ciarán - he is a great tutor with lots of passion and skill. Much more confident now to take on projects , may be buy some new tools too! Definitely recommend.
Ian Simpson - - #17035
I knew I was going to enjoy this course . What I didn't know was how much I would enjoy it. Ciarán seemed to have time for everybody and has the patience of a saint. Lunchtime came round too quickly and so did finishing time each day because I was so engrossed and enjoying it. I can't recommend Ciarán and this course too much it is excellent. Thanks Ciarán.
Vinny Cain - - #15832
Another fantastic course led by Ciarain in a lovely area with great pub lunches.
David More O’Ferrall - - #15196
Having done the excellent basic woodworking course with Ciaran last year I was really looking forward to the intermediate woodworking course to take my skills up a level. Ciaran didn't disappoint, I was able to do a range of more advance joints including Dovetails under Ciaran's guidance. The table you produce at the end of the course is really high quality and an excellent present for friends and family. And the class sizes are perfect as you really interact with the other students and Ciaran is always on hand to answer any questions. I just can't wait to put all my skills in to practice that I have learnt from Ciaran.
Richard Holt - - #14946
This course is a truly excellent experience. Ciaran manages to combine charm, blarney, skill, patience and creativity in ways that draw out the best in every participant. It is very seldom that one meets such a gifted craftsperson who is also an intuitive teacher. Thank you to his long suffering wife for lending him to us!
James Gardener - - #12484
I have completed Ciaran's Beginners and Intermediate Courses, the former over 10 weeks and the latter over 2 weekends. I enjoyed both and would highly recommend them. I had no previous experience of woodworking but this was not a barrier as Ciaran has infinite patience and is a very able and experienced teacher. The facilities provided in his converted workshop are excellent and all the tools required are of the highest quality and maintained in excellent condition. The faciility in Alvanley is easily accessible from the M56 motorway. I certainly will take advantage of any further courses.
Gerry Lemon - - #12131
Nearing 40 I decided I wanted to learn a new skill and started looking around for courses in my area. I came across Ciarán’s website and read some of the reviews which convinced me to give it a go. I was a complete beginner but was immediately given confidence from Ciarán who is warm, funny, extremely knowledgeable and professional. I have now completed both the beginner’s and intermediate courses and have a place booked onto the wood turning course a few weeks away and I can’t wait! I have both run courses and attended courses internationally and the courses run by Ciarán at Cheshire Woodworking cannot be recommended sufficiently highly.
Tom Bowyer - - #11834
I have just completed the four day intensive beginners course with Ciarán and have had a wonderful time. I would truly recommend it to either an absolute beginner or someone with woodwork skills. Ciarán is a great teacher and makes you feel as passionate as he is for handcrafted furniture making. Ciarán's enthusiastic and diligent approach ensures you get all the help and support you need. I was astounded by the piece of work we produced.
Thank you to Ciarán for the best 4 days I have had in a long time The cups of tea and biscuits, lovely lunches and the laughter also go down a treat.
Maureen Oughton - - #9504
Highly recommended. I had the best time on this course as well as the beginners. Ciaran is such a great teacher. He explains everything you need to know. He makes the course fun and ensures you perform to the best of your abilities so you walk away proud of the piece you have made. Look no further. If you want to improve on your existing woodworking skills, do this course, you will not be disappointed. Big thank you to Ciaran. I can't believe that only three months ago I couldn't even saw! Now I'm happily making my own pieces with pride. I'll be back to do more courses as you develop them. I'm missing the workshop already.
Irene Walker - - #9451
Absolutely superb course. Ciaran is a skilled and patient teacher with a gift for imparting his vast knowledge of furniture making to a mixed ability group. I was the least experienced of the group on the intermediate course, but learned a huge amount over the five days - particularly liked the course structure of demonstrations and time to practise before starting work on the final piece. Lovely group of people which - together with a non-stop supply of biscuits - made for a really enjoyable few days.
karen - - #9444
This is the second Course that I have done with Ciaran. As with the beginers course, the teaching was relaxed, enthusiastic and always positive. Ciaran is a real enthusiast for woodworking and teaching, doing both with consumate ease. I am still not sure how he managed to coax that coffee table out of me, but that he did, its self speaks volumes!
The workshop is very well equiped with a bench per student and good quality tools which were always very well maintained. I have done other craft courses before and this has to rank as one of the very best. It is very good value for money; the inclusive lunch is excellent and the standard of teaching is of the highest quality. My only suggestion for the course would be to extend it to 6 days as there is so much to learn and enjoy it would make the course even better.
Andrew Browning - - #9441
My wife surprised me by booking me on this fantastic intermediate course. I last built a small table nearly 40 years ago as a teenager at school and since then have really only worked with wood in a DIY sort of way, making the most of power tools to get that job done quickly!
Ciarán excellent teaching and facilities reawakened my love and respect for wood and the simplicity and beauty of the hand tools to work it. So if, like me, you are happy holding a saw, chisel and plane but really don't know what you should be using them for then this is the course for you. Under Ciarán's guidance you get to build a beautiful piece of furniture that can, like for me, open the door to exploring a new adventure in hand crafted woodworking. Thanks Ciarán (oh, and Liz ;-) )
Andy Robinson - - #7743
I just completed the intensive intermediate course which I have say was a fantastic few days. Ciaran is a great teacher and the time in the workshop really builds confidence to tackle more advanced projects, with Ciaran providing tonnes of insight and tips along the way. The atmosphere is really relaxed and before you know it you are creating dovetails without even thinking - something I would have never have tackled before the course.
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to go on from the beginner level.
Peter Murray - - #7478
I recently finished the 10 week intermediate course, having completed the intensive beginner course in April this year. Ciaran was as helpful and patient as always. His positive and happy demeanor, along with a constant supply of tea and biscuits, ensures the classes are very enjoyable. I am proud to have brought home my second piece of furniture, with gorgeous joints, that I can say to family and friends 'I made that'. I was a complete beginner just a few months ago and can now do dovetails, mortise and tenon mitres and much more. I also know I don't need loads of expensive tools to carry on. Well done Ciaran on yet again another fabulous course.
Katherine - - #6864
I have recently finished a ten week, one evening a week course making one of Ciaran's coffee tables in ash. I have learnt so much whilst making this table and would not hesitate in recommending his tuition.
We normally started early and finished late, he didn't mind.
During the course he was always willing to answer any questions relating to woodworking in general.
I am in my mid eighties and have had no formal training, I have always enjoyed working with wood.
I say it's never too late to have a go!
Reg Crowther - - #6832
A well run course with a competent and passionate teacher. The small numbers make the course personal and thorough, enabling you to ask for and get advice when you need it. Can't recommend more.
Paul - - #6808
First class project and an excellent teacher who dealt with everything his pupils threw at him in a relaxed and professional manner.
David Cowan - - #5523
I have just completed the Intermediate Woodworking Course, which was really excellent. I already had some woodworking and diy experience, but thanks to Ciarán's skilful teaching, patient guidance, and advice on related topics such as sharpening and tool selection, I feel I have made significant progress over the 10 weeks of the course.
The small class size, together with the convivial atmosphere and Ciarán's knowledge of, and passion for, all things involving wood made the sessions thoroughly enjoyable. It is a fast paced course but that's part of the fun - total immersion which means that you will learn lots.
I will watch out for more of Ciarán's courses and I have no hesitation recommending this one. A truly excellent course.
Ian Walton - - #5413
I recently completed the 10 week intermediate course having completed the beginners course last year, and found it equally as interesting, enjoyable and helpful. Combining the skills I learnt in the beginners cours with the new skills learnt in this I managed to create a coffee table that I was proud of and felt confident to carry out my own projects. Highly recommend this course to anyone who did the beginners course or has some experience in woodwork that would like to extend their knowledge. Ciaran is a great and patient teacher and an all round nice guy who clearly enjoys sharing his knowledge with people who want to learn. 10/10
Dave Smallman - - #4797
I have just completed the intermediate course having attended the beginners course last year.
This one was much more challenging, it actually spread to 11 nights rather than 10. I consider myself a woodworking novice (and a bit ham fisted), but with Ciarans patient tuition I managed to produce a quite reasonable looking table.
I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
Ciaran is very amiable and an excellent teacher. I would thoroughly recommend this course.
Jim - - #4586
Woodworking courses are hard to come by these days but this one is a gem. On first acquaintance the training room seems quite small but belies many facets of my 'Excellent' rating. Class sizes are kept small and Ciarán is always, literally, close at hand and extraordinarily willing to advise (both 'on-' and 'off-' syllabus). I'd challenge anybody to count how many tools he has in there even before you enter the mysterious 'staff room'. If you have some woodworking tools already then take them along - by the end of the course he'll have shown you how to refurbish, sharpen and hone every one of them. Conversely if you have nothing then everything is provided (normally with a choice - the shiny ones on the wall are the sharpest/best!).
Ciarán himself? His talent and experience as a Tutor matches that of his undoubted woodworking capabilities. Very easy-going but with a cunning, unnoticeable method of setting the pace required to finish the course. On that, expect to work fairly hard! Although most of the core technical skills are covered off in the early weeks, what your really learn comes with practise which is well supervised with hints and tips whenever you need them.
I travelled for over a hour in each direction to attend this course as it was rare in matching my requirements. That travel time, and the course fee, turned out to be a very worthwhile investment.
Richard - - #4573
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