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Teaching & Courses

This list is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination, it is up to you to decide which course provider suits your requirements and your choice will be based on many factors including course content, geography, cost etc. We know most of these course providers through meeting them at shows or indeed working alongside them at shows and exhibitions. Being an inquisitive lot we have visited many of their establishments. They wouldn't be on our list if we didn't think they were a decent bunch.

General Woodworking Skills

Top tip - if you want a taster course to cover a variety of woodworking skills then consider James Mursell's introductory Chairmaking Course (see below) - 5 days of intensive work including steam bending, turning, shaping, measuring, drilling and finishing. The course should result in a chair to be proud of. Alex Primmer our Shop Manager did this course a few years back and the chair still stands the daily test of 200lbs sitting on it!
Lowfat Roubo

Traditional Craft Courses for contemporary craft people. From fine furniture making to French polishing, improve your workshop skills today with Derek Jones.
Robinson House Studio Furniture School

Robinson House Studion want to help to get you to a point where you can start your own business, or help you put together a portfolio if you’re looking for employment within the industry, as well as provide passionate hobbyists with the next step in their craft with professional knowledge and practical experience. Wide range of courses from weekends to two years.

Robinson House Studio Furniture School website
Waters and Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and School

A world class furniture training facility with furniture design and furniture making courses of a quality a career can be based upon, in one of the most beautiful parts of England, the English Lake District.

Their furniture courses are full time. The school is part of our thriving commercial workshop.
David Charlesworth - Hartland, North Devon

Courses from beginner to advanced level in beautiful North Devon with acknowledged expert and author David Charlesworth. David has been running his courses longer than most.
David Savage - Devon

David Savage not only makes fine furniture but he offers courses sharing his knowledge in North Devon.
The Building Crafts College - Stratford, London

Very well equipped (recently expanded - 2010) workshops running one & two year courses plus selected short courses related to furniture making.
Jonathon Markovitz - Oxfordshire

Centrally located in beautiful surroundings on the Oxfordshire-Berkshire borders, Jonathan teaches adult students (especially those seeking a career-change and a more creative, fulfilling lifestyle) to design and make fine furniture to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Short & long courses.
Williams & Cleal - near Taunton, Somerset

Based near Taunton in Somerset, Lovely peaceful location. short & long courses. Very friendly. Husband and wife team Jane Cleal & Justin Williams head a small dedicated team.
Tom Kealy - Buckland St Mary, Chard, Somerset

Tom's classes are designed to be flexible, so that they can be tailored to meet student’s individual requirements, whether an enthusiastic beginner or a more experienced woodworker.
The International Boat Building Training College - Lowestoft

The IBTC has a world wide reputation for their 1 year boat building courses. They also run a 12 week woodworking skills course.
John Lloyd - Sussex

Courses from beginner to advanced level in Sussex. Easy access for you Sussex & London folk.

John is vastly experienced and has been teaching short and long courses for several years. A very dry sense of humour which seems to match that of Classic Hand Tools staff member David Thornton who has now survived 3 of John's courses.
West Dean College - Chichester, Sussex

We can certainly vouch for the accommodation, the food and the terrific location. Joy and Mary from the Classic Hand Tools staff have also taken carving and woodblock printing courses here. They returned refreshed, re-invigorated and hungry for more - so they must be doing something right! They offer a wide range of courses - you should go there once in your lifetime.
Warwickshire College

Furniture making and wood machining courses from beginners to advanced, qualfication courses and leisure courses in our well equiped Leamington Spa workshop.

Here is a little taster, please click here.
Peter Sefton Furniture School

Peter offers a wide range of long and short woodworking and furniture making courses to small groups from their workshops in Worcestershire.
Nafisi School

Abdollah and Kate run a bespoke furniture and interior design studio in Horsham, West Sussex. Abdollah is also teaching workshops in traditional joinery.
The Chippendale School of Furniture - Scotland

"Anselm Fraser trained as furniture designer and restoration expert with the renowned Michael Hay-Will and is today highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading exponents of the art of furniture making and design. He is an inspirational teacher who marries the 18th century values of Thomas Chippendale with 21st century techniques."

The words are from the Chippendale School of Furniture's web site....all we can say is that this is a truly beautiful location and that having met the man briefly we are sure he delivers what it says on the tin!
The Centre for Fine Craftmanship - Maine, USA

This is Peter Korn's place. What a great place to learn! Very well resourced and in a beautiful part of the country. Cheapest way would be to buy a tent when you are over there and camp in their grounds for a few weeks - it happens. Otherwise they organise bed and breakfast for you.
College of the Redwoods - Fort Bragg, California

The fine woodworking programme at the College of the Redwoods is smaller than it's east coast competitor in Maine. Very welcoming.

Woodturning Course Providers

Woodturning Cruise - Norway

Every 2 years a small cruise ship carries you round the Norwegian fjords with various stop offs. You learn as you cruise. Very well established with some top notch teachers.

Details of the August 2018 Woodturning Cruise in Norway can be found here.

Mark Hancock - Worcestershire

Many of you will have met Mark at the various events we attend. Mark also demonstrates and teaches woodturning. Based in Worcestershire. Very organised in a laid back manner. Lots of early hands on work.

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

The AWGB is an international non-profit making organisation dedicated to the advancement and promotion of woodturning. A good place to source information about courses in your area.
Les Thorne - Hampshire

Gregarious, enthusiastic and very experienced, never a dull moment! based in Hampshire.


Chris Pye - Herefordshire

Chris Pye is dedicated to the teaching, the learning and the love of woodcarving. Subscribe to Chris's web newsletter and download his e-books and accelerate that learning curve. Based in the west of England and offers 1 to 1 tuition.

Gerald Adams - Norfolk

Gerald set up his woodcarving business in 1986 after gaining a BA (hons) degree in fine art. His interest in woodcarving began while working for a leading furniture making firm, and then studying woodcarving at the London college of furniture, he has gone on to complete a post graduate certificate in education and taught city and guild students part time in the local technical college and adult education.

As well as completing many prestigious commissions, Gerald teaches regular weekly classes and beginners courses at the workshop.

The Austrian Woodcarving School - Tirol, Austria

Mike Hancock. Classic Hand Tools boss visited this beautiful school in 2010. Great food, great facilities, fantastic location.

Mary Anstee-Parry - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Mary is Teacher, letter-cutter, woodcarver and sculptor. Based near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
Michael Painter - West Midlands

Michael Painter has been teaching wood and stone carving for over 15 years and holds wood carving courses at his studio in Canwell, West Midlands,
Glyn Mould - Peterborough

Glyn Mould is the resident woodcarver and teacher at the Sacrewell Farm Centre, Thorhaugh, near Peterborough. He has been applying his considerable skill and flair to the craft for over 25 years and teaching it as subject since 1984.
Dick Onions - Hertfordshire

Wood and stone carver Dick Onions is Senior Carving Tutor at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He also teaches privately. Based in Hertfordshire.

Stone Carving

Tom Clark - Martock - Somerset

Based in Martock, Somerset, south west England. Very flexible, lovely chap. Cheap bed n breakfast accommodation also available.
Lucy Churchill - Cambridge

Lucy Churchill runs a few courses a year. Classic Hand Tools boss Mike Hancock attended one in 2009 and rated it excellent.
Dick Onions - Hertfordshire

Wood and stone carver Dick Onions is Senior Carving Tutor at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He also teaches privately. Based in Hertfordshire.
The Austrian Woodcarving School - Tirol, Austria

New open air stone workshop - wonderful!

The Building Crafts College - Stratford, London

Very well resourced stonemasonry workshop in East London next to Stratford main line station.


The Windsor Workshop

For chairmaking courses as well as a maker of travishers and spokeshaves, based in Sussex.
Tom Thackray

Take a holiday in New England, USA and learn how to make a Windsor Chair at Mike Dunbar's world renowned institute.
Greenwood Days

Greenwood Days have been running activities for individuals and companies since 2000, organising courses, 1-1 tutorials and structured team building days. Courses range from chair making to contemporary willow work, longbow making to coracle making and last from 1-7 days.


Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford offers one-to-one tuition, weekend or five day courses, sharing his knowledge accumulated over 30 years of making beautiful boxes.

All courses are held in his barn conversion workshop on the Acton Scott Estate, situated midway between the historic Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge in the beautiful Shropshire Hills AONB. Techniques taught include timber conversion and selection, basic construction, curved forms, bookmatching, veneering, inlaying, fitting his own designed hardware, lining, finishing, choice of tools and machines, jig making and much more.
01694 781318
Andrew Crawford
Lakeland Cabinet Makers

Mark - box maker based in Penrith, Cumbria. Runs weekend courses making boxes. See website for further details.

Timber Hewing, Framing, Green Woodworking, Chainsawing, Axe Work, Pole Lathe Work etc

Handcrafted Timber - Steve Woodley - Essex

Steve Woodley is a highly qualified man in the field of forestry training. Chainsaws, axes, timber hewing, health & safety in the forest - he's your man! He also teaches medieval hewing techniques and demonstrates at various shows throughout the land. Based in Essex.
Hewnwood - Wales

Hewnwood Courses - Traditional oak timber frame courses in wales set in a 12 acre broadleaf woodland. Courses run by Alan Ritchie in Brecon, Powys, Wales.
Traditional Oak Carpentry

Suffolk based company run by Rick Lewis that specialises in oak framing.
Orchard Barn - Suffolk

Orchard Barn - A social enterprise specialising in the delivery of Timber Framing, Roundwood and Shingle roofs, Restoration Skills and Wattle and Daub training courses for professionals, home-owners, self-builders, and anyone with an interest in getting hands-on with natural materials.


Bob Neill

Pyrography courses....Bob runs one day courses from his workshop in South Derbyshire and other craft centres around the country such as Farncome Estate in the Cotswolds...he also does Hands on Workshops for groups with 16 machines plus blanks....Anyone 01332 792036


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