The Long Courses
Starting in mid September, the 12 week, full time
course teaches the basic principles of fine
furniture making to a very high level. We will start
at the beginning and assume no prior knowledge or
skill. Everything necessary to build simple
exhibition standard furniture will be covered. It is
surprising how much essential groundwork can be
covered in 3 months.
Your hand tool kit is tuned up so that the tools
work as well as David’s. Sharpening is perfected and
precision hand tool techniques are studied and
practised. We then move on to machine safety, use,
set up and maintenance. (The spindle moulder will
only be covered in theory).
We then work through a logical sequence of exercises
and mini projects, which are designed to reinforce
these skills and build confidence.
David teaches for at least 3 hours every morning, 5
days a week and sometimes more. His courses are
unique in that he has past experience as a designer
maker but now chooses to give full attention to the
small group of students. A maximum of four persons
ensures a higher level of personal attention than
most other workshops.
David is a respected author and teacher, both here
and in the USA. His teaching methods have been
perfected over a 30year period. Three books of
collected articles have been published and sold all
over the world while Lie-Nielsen, publish his “Hand
Tool Techniques” DVD series.
Long course in detail>>
The Short Courses
Intensive, 5 day, full time courses are run in the
spring and summer.
The ‘Tool Tuning and Skills’ course is much the most
valuable. (Chisel preparation & sharpening, plane
tuning and sharpening, marking out theory and plane
People are amazed by the improvement that it is
possible to make to the function of their hand
planes. Once sharpening and tuning have been
perfected, the work gets so much easier.
Most Amateurs are struggling with tools, which
should really be considered as a kit of parts and
have not mastered the details of precision
sharpening. The skills learnt during this week are a
major revelation, and we can move on to more
advanced techniques only when the basics are in
David strongly recommends that this course be
completed before attempting any of the other ones.
It is not possible to cut accurate joints without
good preparation, perfect marking out and sharp
tools. The short courses have been carefully planned
so that each subsequent one builds on the skills of
the previous one.
The course is suitable for beginners but is also
equally useful for those with considerable
experience. See the comments and video clips on the
Short course in detail>>