About the Course
‘Woodworking Skills incorporating Furniture Design and Making’ gives people a solid, certificated foundation (and more) in wood and working with wood. Students design and make a piece of furniture as part of the course. The course and its Level 3 qualification are exclusive to the Boat Building Academy. A maximum of ten people are accepted onto each course.
Although the course has nothing to do with boats, it follows the principles that have built the Academy’s reputation as a world-leading vocational training college; students spend the majority of their time at their workbenches, learning by hands-on experience of making.
Objects you will make (and take home)
•Dovetailed, lidded box
•Small table (if electing for the Level 3 qualification. More information below)
•Small cabinet with a door and drawer (if electing for the Level 3 qualification. More information below)
•Personal project piece
Instructors give ‘hands-on’ demonstrations of the work as the course progresses. Comprehensive handouts cover all aspects of the training. There are outings to local tool suppliers and to a wood yard, where students can see a wide selection of timber and choose the wood for their personal project piece. Some students have been so inspired by wood they have discovered that it has formed an integral part of the design of their project piece.
The course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced, but if you are nervous about the intensive nature of the course joining the five day ‘Basic Woodworking‘ course is a good introduction and will help your confidence.
As with all of our courses, the 12 week course starts with tool selection and sharpening before moving on to the following skill areas:
•Identifying and selecting timber types
•An introduction to technical drawing
•Fixings and fastenings (including adhesives)
•Use of hand tools and machine tools (including an introduction to large machinery in the Academy’s machine shop)
•Producing rods and cutting lists
•Curving and bending timber
•Health and Safety
Personal Project Piece
Students research, design and make a personal project piece as part of the course. This might be a toolbox (a classic apprenticeship piece), something for the student’s home or a piece that demonstrates the skills learnt on the course to potential employers. The complexity of the piece is discussed with the Instructor at each stage of the design and make process. It is important that students are aware of any extra hours they may need to realise their design by the end of the course.
(We want people to make the most of the Academy’s facilities and expertise while they are here and so students have access to the workshops in the evening and at weekends, on condition that Health and Safety requirements are satisfied).
All students undertake the Level 1 6219-08 City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills. Students then decide, in conjunction with their Instructor, whether to undertake the Level 3 Diploma and the personal project piece, or whether to concentrate on the personal project piece alone.
More information about the course can be found in our prospectus, which also gives details of what ‘Woodworking Skills’ students have gone on to do after the course.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Please see our Prospectus on our website for more information on the course. You can also see the personal project pieces made by previous students.
Each student is given a tool box that is theirs to use for the duration of the course. They are also welcome to bring their own tools. The fee includes all materials, except those for the personal project piece and qualification registrations. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included morning and afternoon. Hearty breakfast and lunch are available for a few pounds.
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.