Introduction

For nearly 20 years, the Heritage School of Woodworking has successfully taught over 4,000 aspiring woodworkers the art of hand tool woodworking in our acclaimed workshops at the Ploughshare campus in Central Texas. Introduces freehand and measured drawing techniques, Computer Aided Design (CAD), two and three dimensional drawing conventions, illustration techniques for design presentation, model making and written and verbal presentation skills. The school is located in the beautiful Nelson region, nestled into the hillside with a stunning view of Tasman Bay and the western ranges.

Many students have gone on to Degree courses and higher education courses in various specialist areas. Printed books are free but only available through artists and our Network of Trusted Advisors. You will leave with a brand new set of skills, some beautifully tuned and sharp tools, and some very special pieces of furniture that you will treasure forever.

If you’d like to spend more time developing your hand skills then the Make a Drinks Cabinet Course The course covers carcase joints such as the through dovetail and stopped housing, and we tackle mortice and tenon doors. All of our courses can be bought as gifts Just say so at the time of booking and we can send the recipient a gift card with details of the course.

Yallingup Steading will continue to film making processes on different pieces of furniture as well as take photos and write articles for members to access free. We have equipment and processes dedicated to the chair making process but to date we don’t use any CNC machines in our chair production. The courses offered at Yallingup Steading are flexible and can easily be tailored to suit the individuals needs.

A series of visits to furniture and design exhibitions, museums, historic houses, timber suppliers and other workshops are optional and for those with design ambitions Will Acland hosts regular design seminars and Q and A sessions. You share the studios with two or three more experienced former students renting space here to build their businesses, and there are usually one or two people on short courses. Daren Millman and Duncan Roberts are supreme examples of a skilled and experienced makers, doing it right in front of you making David’s inspirational pieces. Power tools complement hand tools and vice versa and you will need to be familiar with both if you want to become an all round woodworker.

Come join us and learn furniture making and woodworking skills in a supportive and invigorating studio environment. As with all our furniture making courses the student bench room is at the heart of our award winning cabinet making workshops. The Maine College of Art is recognizing Moser, now 80 and living in Harpswell, with a retrospective of 44 years of furniture making and design. One graduate of the full time 32-week Furniture Makers’ programme planned to make tiny houses.

In addition to the course fees you will need to cover the cost of purchasing your own collection of fine hand tools and the materials for additional projects. Students in these courses are encouraged to develop a professional approach to design and making while learning advanced joinery and machining techniques. The Maker Course” is the same as the Designer Maker Course, except that it is aimed at those of you who, for whatever reason, cannot take the risk of setting yourself up as a furniture maker. Both courses will follow the same pathway for the first five to six months which is where the core training of furniture making will be given.


This is witnessed by several recent students coming here after a University degree course in Product Design, to learn skills they expected to learn at University. Located in Richmond, the Melbourne school of fine woodworking and design is conveniently located close to public transport. If you are looking for something specific I am happy to design a bespoke course which allows students to select both duration and content. Courses integrate old world, traditional methods with modern technology, materials, and design. Dan has designed the curriculum for several extended Continuing Education workshops including the current Three-month Intensive Furniture Making course.

Richard’s work has appeared in journals in Australia and overseas including Fine Woodworking, Furniture, and Craft Arts International. All students will be expected to purchase/use their own tools and equipment and a budget should be allowed for this. In 2003 Richard fled the increasing frenzy of Sydney and moved to Brisbane where he set up his dream workshop (minus bucolic setting) from scratch (an ongoing project of course) and continues his practice as a designer/maker of furniture to commission. Hand Cut Dovetails – The dovetail joint in all its variations is considered the benchmark of fine furniture and solid construction.

Tour Sponsors – Veritas Tools and Maxis Distribution are providing an opportunity to purchase Veritas products and win Veritas prizes at each demonstration. In addition to the full-time program, North Bennet Street School offers short courses and workshops in cabinet and furniture making through the Continuing Education program. Also examines 20th century and contemporary interior and furniture design internationally. I had no idea that furniture could be so fine and that joinery could be so perfect. During your 12, 24 or 48 week course you will first learn, then put into practice the key and advanced skills needed to reach a very high quality of making.

Beginner’s courses are aimed at helping you to master core techniques and skills by making a beautiful object that you will be proud to take home at the end of your course. The Chair Making Class combines hand tool and machining skills with power carving to make a stunning version of George Nakashima’s classic Conoid Chair These chairs really are quite special and immensely satisfying to make.

That’s why we have invested in tools from renowned manufacturers such as Lie Nielsen , Veritas , HNT Gordon , Pax , Clifton and Festool These really are some of the best tools available and an absolute joy to use. While the old adage ‘a bad workman blames his tools’ has some mileage in it, inferior quality tools and tools that just don’t work are neither safe nor enjoyable to use. Handsome & Co is committed to providing a stimulating environment where students can gain the skills to design and make their own furniture. He is also a large format photographer and a contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine.

They all carry out a wide range of making activities from built-in cabinets to gentleman’s valets Every one of them is very good at what they do. Over the 25 years I have been running a successful bespoke furniture making and antique restoration business I have become passionate about passing on the skills and knowledge through my Woodworking School.

We are particularly proud of our heritage and ecclesiastical furniture design and our work with architects on specialist projects. This is a two-year full time course that gives graduates a solid foundation in the design and fabrication of furniture and object. It can be particularly important if you are completing a course in order to gain employment in a certain industry. We also find many younger people are coming here rather than university, as the university courses are now so expensive and of unreliable quality.

From there he took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor.Currently Vic is the Woodworking Technical Advisor at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools. Making is fine, we and many others could teach you that, what is harder is the next bit, making something worth making. On this three month course you will get to grips with the basics, learn about the different tools and get to know more about the timber and materials you will be working with. North Bennet Street School reserves the right to increase tuition in the second and subsequent years of a course.

Every piece of furniture is individually designed and custom made to the customers exact requirements, whether it be contemporary or traditional. I don’t believe school is good for everyone but I think it can be a great learning tool if properly managed and I would be very pleased to know who or what institutes you would recommend a begginer in this field! Our fine furniture-making programs are designed for people yearning to design, build, and custom furniture with enduring quality. A practical apprenticeship is the best way to acquire the skills needed to become a top quality furniture-maker.