At Craven Conservation, join a one day furniture restoration course which is flexible to meet the needs of students. We can tailor the course for total beginners to more experienced students. You can learn a new skill, meet new people and relax by doing something different from your day job. We have facilities for all aspects of furniture restoration and decorative arts. This includes subjects like general restoration, cabinetmaking, upholstery, surface finishing, woodturning, marquetry and gilding, to name but a few. The course is run by a qualified tutor in a safe and friendly atmosphere. The workshop is well equipped and Bill aims to make the course days enjoyable and rewarding. Bill is fully qualified from City & Guilds through to Masters Degree. On this day you will be taken through the foundation skills of woodworking, this will include tool selection, accurate marking out, hand-tool techniques and timber knowledge. On the day you will cut a woodwork joint and have the opportunity to try different tools. For attendees who have already done some woodworking, you can attempt a more challenging joint. For intermediate woodworkers, we also offer a 2 day woodwork joints course, where you make a frame consisting of 4 different joints. We also run a number of making courses, for example, chair making and stool making. Please see the separate listings. The maximum number of students on this course is 4 as we design the course to ensure you get a good level of tuition and advice. We are also happy to provide 1 to 1 tuition so please contact us to discuss the options.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided. PPE is available where required. Tea and Coffee is available. Please bring a packed lunch, there is a fridge and microwave available for use.


6½ hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


I am a qualified & accredited cabinet maker and furniture restorer. I have a passion for traditional crafts and teach various aspects of making & restoring. I also write for woodwork magazine 'Quercus' and for 'Woodland Heritage'. I feel that our health & quality of life is enhanced by working practically, making and learning new skills. At a time in society, when consumerism has taken hold, we throw too many things away and do not appreciate materials or nature. We must make better and restore more. We need more relaxing workbench time and less screen time!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
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The Workshop, Barcham Farm, Barcham Road, Soham, Ely,, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TU