Over the course of this class, participants will work through a variety of projects during which they will learn basic woodworking and furniture making skills. Correct use of power and hand tools will be thought. Participants will learn how to prepare solid timber and panel board. Finishing and polishing techniques will also be covered. No previous woodworking or furniture making skills are required, but those who have some experience in the area will also be catered for. Each individual will work through projects at their own pace, and those who have attended this class in previous terms are welcome to return. We have two tutors helping out with the Tuesday class and the Wednesday class is quite small, so participants are sure to receive all the individual attention they need to improve their woodworking skills at their own pace. Our woodworking classes are very popular. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. If you’d like to work with wood, but the woodworking/ furniture making isn’t quite what you were looking for, why not check out our Woodturning and Woodcarving classes?
Chris Lawlor / Adrian Finlay
Woodcarving is one of the oldest crafts in the world today. It has being used for functional and decorative use through the ages. Wooden objects have not survived as well as stone and bronze, mainly due to insect attacks and the fact that it degrades over the centuries. One of the earliest carving was found in a tomb in Egypt and dates back six thousand years. It was carved in the likeness of a man with bronze, ebony, rock crystals, and quarts inlay in it. This course will introduce you to the ancient craft of woodcarving. The aim of the course will be to build confidence and to dispel some of the myths surrounding woodcarving. You will work through a range of simple projects during the course, picking up some important woodcarving skills along the way. Students do not need any prior knowledge of woodworking or art to successfully complete the course. All you need is enthusiasm and a belief in yourself! Equipment will be provided. The tutor will provide any other details on materials required in advance.
The Woodturning class offers the woodturning beginner the basic skills in tool control, turning methods and machine safety. Both spindle turning and faceplate work will be covered. Beginners will start with simple objects such as a 'Twig Vase', and progress onto more complex items by Week 10. Those who already have some experience of woodturning will be give projects of a suitable level and encouraged to advance their skill level and range of techniques. During the new 1-day Saturday Workshop you will complete a couple of basic projects as you gain an introduction to Woodturning. Class sizes are kept small and there is one student per lathe, ensuring that students have a fully hands-on experience. Because of this, the class often fills up quickly and we have been oversubscribed in recent terms. Book early to avoid disappointment. Lathes and tools are provided.
All materials will be supplied.
This course will be postponed / refunded if government restrictions don't allow it to go ahead.