An exciting NEW Short Course for 2018


More Skills & New Techniques

The natural progression for all 'SKILLS WEEK' students

Course details and our 2018 & 2019 dates available now!


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12-13 May 2018

For those of you who missed out on the March course,

Max. 4 people. Come and learn the safe way to use all the big woodworking machines. Plenty of hands on practice, and lot of tips and techniques.

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 have designed a range of educational long and short courses that have traditional hand skills at their core, the key requirement being simply enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge.

Stunning individually designed furniture in a traditional or contemporary style.  Whether you have a definite design in mind or simply an idea, we can help you realise your dreams.  

We also specialise in making accurate copies of chairs and furniture to match existing pieces or to complete a set.

Beautiful wooden coffee tables and bedside tables are often difficult to source.  John has designed a range of unique furniture to fill this gap in the market.


With our wealth of experience  we can enable the hugely rewarding process of bringing antique furniture back to life.

We offer a complete range of restoration services covering both structural and cosmetic repairs to protect the value of your investment or bring a piece of furniture back into use.

Furniture Restoration from John Lloyd

We stock a selection of  hand-picked tools that we have tested and use in our workshops, or would recommend to our students.

Our range includes some of the very best tools from around the world including Clifton, Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, Adria, Auriou, Lamello, Tormek, & Japanese tools. We also sell the very lovely Brusso hinges.

Thinking of a new Career?

John Lloyd offers full time intensive furniture making and antique restoration courses in blocks of 12 weeks up to one year,  suitable for those wishing to train for a new career or the serious hobbyist.

Wood Working Courses by John Lloyd


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We offer intensive 5 day training courses in Furniture Making, Antique Furniture Restoration, Traditional Hand Finishing, Veneering & Laminating and Wood Machining.

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    John Lloyd have bench space to rent in newly restored barn workshops, includes use of fully equipped machine shop.

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    We are just 1hr from London. For more information call us now on 01444 480388