HOT CAKES and SKILLS WEEKS – Another extra date added!

SKILLS WEEK - Sharpening & Essential
Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

Another EXTRA DATE  12-16 December 2016 has now been scheduled  
This really is the final 'SKILLS WEEK' course this year so don't miss out!

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this course John has decided to schedule one final course in 2016. 

The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for.  If you’re a complete beginner this will give you the perfect grounding; if you’ve been woodworking for a while, this will be a great tune-up, sorting out any bad habits and reinforcing fundamental skills.

Everything in Woodwork is based on Sharpening so this is the initial focus. You MUST have a sharpening system at your fingertips that works for you, we will look at angles, the exotic and not so exotic steels used for blades, high speed grinders, water-cooled grinders and bench stones. You will learn a method of sharpening freehand, but you will also learn how to use honing guides – it’s quite OK if freehand honing remains an aspiration for the moment. Western dovetailing and cross-cut saws are great to use, but they also need to be super-sharp for accurate work, so we’ll look at sharpening a Dovetail Saw too. Read more and book......

Cutting Dovetails John Lloyd Cabinetmaking Skills Course Cour

Skills Week Image 1

The group is kept to maximum of six students on each course, allowing for plenty of individual support from John Lloyd. 
This really is your last opportunity to book yourself on this incredibly popular course in 2016.

If you can't make the 2016 date, our  2017 short course dates will be published in July so keep an eye on our website for details.

Cutting Dovetails Course with John Lloyd

Biscuit Box - planing with John Lloyd

You will make this laminated Cheese Board with tapering chamfers and a Biscuit Box with through dovetails and through wedged tenons, to take away with you showcasing the skills you will have learned and to amaze your family and friends with your achievements!   

Cheese Board & Box - unoiled

Cheese Board & Box - dressed

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The Author John Lloyd

John Lloyd trained in Furniture Making and Antique Furniture Restoration & Conservation with Bruce Luckhurst at the Little Surrenden Workshops in Kent, where he graduated with distinction.  He also taught antique furniture restoration at West Dean College, Chichester.  

John was awarded the City & Guilds of London Institute Silver Medal of Excellence,  the highest possible award, as First Prize for Advanced Studies in Furniture for Furniture Making and Antique Restoration.

With the experience of a 25 year career as a successful furniture designer/maker and restorer behind him, John now teaches intensive courses from his delightful workshops in rural Sussex.  He also regularly contributes articles to the leading furniture making magazines.

John is a full member of BAFRA, The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association.