Short Furniture Making Courses

Intensive 2 and 5 day courses covering a range of traditional hand skills and techniques for small groups, and tailor made courses for individuals in our rural workshops in the heart of Sussex.

Weekend Courses

Due to the popularity of John’s practical Masterclasses held at DICTUM in Germany he has decided to bring the format to the UK in 2015

Furniture Making Courses

Our furniture making courses concentrate on the traditional techniques used to create fine furniture in past centuries which is critical if you wish to make furniture predominantly by hand. Particular attention is paid to tuning tools and developing hand skills.

Antique Restoration

Furniture restoration requires an understanding of a variety of different skills but the main requirements for a restorer are good hand-eye co ordination, an inventive mind and an eye for colour and detail.

French Polishing & Modern Hand Finishes

This course is appropriate for both the complete beginner, and the more experienced restorer or furniture maker, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or would like to look at a new approach to an old subject.

Machining Courses

This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing.

Understanding Veneering  - Making a Parquetry Tray

Veneering is a wonderful way of adding a decorative effect, a technique that has been used in furniture making for hundreds of years.  This course looks at both traditional hand veneering, and the more modern method of veneering using a vacuum press.

Laminating Course

Beautiful Boxes - Learning to Love Laminating

If you have any sort of urge to move on from straight lines and get a few curves into your woodworking designs LAMINATING is going to be the vital technique that you will need to master.