Join me in my professional workshop in London and learn how to cut some traditional woodworking joints, such as a halving joint, mortice and tenon and dovetail. This course is intended to give you an introduction to the tools, materials and skills of furniture making. If you've never picked up a chisel before-don't worry as everything will be explained as you progress! Ive been running my woodworking courses all year round for 7 years and they were highly commended by the Craft Skills Awards in 2013.
Some of the things you will make are just for practice such as cutting a beautiful dovetail, but others are mini-projects in their own right, such as a wooden trivet and a serving board. You will work with different woods such as white beech, oak, tulipwood and yellow pine. Its great to get a feel for the different ways that they react to the tools, and the different uses they can be put to. All the wood you will need is included in the price.
You will learn to use a mix of hand-tools such as different kinds of saws, chisels, planes and a selection of marking tools. I'll also introduce you to some machines and handheld powertools such as the table saw, planer/thicknesser, router and disc sander.
My class size is six people maximum so you can be sure of getting plenty of opportunity to ask me questions as you progress. The class runs 6.30-9.30pm every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks.
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?
Use of all tools, plus all the wood you will need. Quite often there are biscuits too!
Tom at Tom Trimmins Woodwork
Tom Trimmins @ Freightliners City Farm Sheringham Road Islington London N7 8PF
Tom is a fantastic teacher and he has an amazing gift of being able to make you feel comfortable and like you're making progress even when you're finding something really difficult. I loved the woodwork for beginners course and got so much out of it - knowledge about what different types of wood, how to use machines, and most importantly how to saw in a straight line. I highly recommend this course!
Tom is a patient and passionate teacher who approaches his work with real enthusiasm and insight. His teaching style is informal and entertaining, but when it comes to conveying the important points I found him to be very clear and thoughtful in how he explained things. The course focuses on the key skills and techniques that will form the foundation of any piece of work that you might undertake, using a few different short projects as a means of teaching all the key skills such as marking, cutting and chiseling by hand, and the use of various machines and jigs. For those who wanted more detail, he was always happy to answer questions and explain things beyond what we were working on that day, and his knowledge of wood, techniques and tools seems bottomless! Tom was always encouraging when things maybe didn't go quite as planned, and as the class was so small it meant he could always be on hand to help with people on an individual basis when they needed a hand. There was also generally a supply of biscuits on hand to keep you going!
The course was conducted as 3 hours per session over 8 weeks. Tom is very instructive and knowledgable, applying a hands-on approach to directing the correct techniques and tools for each week's project. The atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed with a maximum of 6 people per course. Tom's knowledge of the different types of wood, their applications, and how to shape, work and construct with them are straightforward and useful. Tom is also very approachable, with answers, guidance and practical demonstrations very forthcoming. There is a certain confidence that all techniques learnt from the course can easily be applied to one's own after-hours projects. I would happily recommend this course to any budding woodworker.