Woodwork for Beginners on Tuesdays

Course overview

Woodwork for beginners is an entry-level course and a fantastic course to start your journey into the wonderful world of fine woodworking, taught by fine-furniture maker, Chris Ward.

Beginning with a simple, hand-cut trivet (pot-rest), at the end of the course you will go home with your own hand-made dovetail box with lid.
The course takes place in fully-equipped workshops in the award-winning Rycotewood Furniture Centre, and all materials are provided.
A series of workshop activities will ensure that you complete the course with finished work and practical woodwork skills.

Tutor Profile:

Chris Ward is a fine-furniture maker and educator, operating in the field for the past five years for clients including museums, embassies, and ancient trade guilds.

Please note: this course will not run during school holidays.

You will learn:

  • precise joint cutting
  • timber selection
  • reading a simple technical drawing
  • marking out
  • cutting dovetail joints
  • finishing and oiling
  • using hand tools such as marking gauges, Japanese saws and chisels

You will learn basic woodworking skills and gradually build up practical knowledge and confidence through workshop practice.

At the end of this course, you will have a finished piece of furniture to include in a portfolio and have gained the knowledge, experience and confidence to attempt basic furniture making projects of your own.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You only need enthusiasm and a passion for woodwork!

You are required to wear safety toe-capped shoes whilst in the workshop and we strongly suggest full length trousers.

There are aprons, goggles, and ear defenders in the workshop that you are able to use but feel free to bring your own PPE if you prefer. It can get quite noisy at times.

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We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.