Woodwork for beginners on Thursdays

Course overview

This wonderful course is entry-level, an ideal starting point or refresher to enter the world of woodwork.

You will gain confidence in using saws by hand, with knowledge of timber and its characteristics through making a ‘tablet holder’ or a tray to take home.

Tutor profile:

Faith King studied at Rycotewood, gaining a BA Honours in Furniture Design and Make.

She is inspired by colour and this is reflected in her making. She explores different materials and mediums which mirrors her outgoing nature.

Faith currently teaches City and Guilds here at Rycotewood and also teaches fine art, print and mixed media.

You will learn a variety of skills, such as how to:

  • use ‘marking out’ tools, saws, chisels and hand planes
  • maintain chisels and plane blades
  • make woodwork joinery, such as ‘halving-joints’

This is a hands-on practical course that will mainly be delivered verbally, through demonstration and 1:1 assistance.

All tools, materials and safety equipment required are supplied but please bring a pencil. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dusty and stout footwear (not sandals, canvas etc).

Please note this course will not run during school holidays.



Pete started working with wood from an early age and has been teaching since 1997 in a wide variety of contexts.

He has worked with a broad range of learners, including children, young people with specific needs, young adults with complex autism, and formal and informal education with adults.

Pete has a degree in furniture design and worked for a bespoke furniture making company for 12 years. He is currently working with degree students at our renowned Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

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