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

James Mursell's Make A Windsor Chair

Top tip - if you want a taster course to cover a variety of woodworking skills then consider James Mursell's Make A Windsor Chair - 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!

James Mursell's chairmaking course

David Barron Furniture

Cabinet maker and tool maker David Barron, teaches a variety of courses from his workshop in Southampton. Classes are limited to four students ensuring close attention and vary from casual to advanced woodworkers. The courses are intense and each encompasses a range of skills which revolve around the making of an attractive piece for you to take home.
Specialising in hand cut dovetails David's magnetic guides and saws are all available to buy from Classic Hand Tools.


Robinson House Studio Furniture School

Robinson House Studio 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 making course

Lowfat Roubo

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


Derek Jones, of Lowfat Roubo

Nafisi Design

Abdollah and Kate run a bespoke furniture and interior design studio in Horsham, West Sussex. Abdollah is also teaching workshops in traditional joinery.


Kate and Abdollah, of Nafisi Studio

Waters and Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and School - Cumbria

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.


Cheshire Woodworking

Ciaran is a skilled woodworker who runs short short courses in Cheshire as well as creating unique hand crafted gun boxes and furniture.


Rowden Atelier Woodworking School

Established in 1995 by David Savage the school located in North Devon is internationally renowned.


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 and long courses. Very friendly. Husband and wife team Jane Cleal and 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, Suffolk

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 retired 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, qualification courses and leisure courses in our well equipped Leamington Spa workshop.

Here is a little taster, please click here.


The Chippendale International 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 Krenov School - Fort Bragg, California

The fine woodworking programme at The Krenov School is smaller than it's east coast competitor in Maine. Very welcoming.


Roger Berwick

Roger is a cabinet maker who also offers personal tuition at his workshop tailored specifically to your requirements from hand cutting joints to the use of heavier machinery such as spindle makers.


Craven Conservation & Restoration

Craven Conservation offer a range of services both in house and onsite. They also have a range of courses aiming to protect traditional skills and the materials used with these skills. Their courses range from pen making to chair making to restoration and upholstery projects.


AM Fine Furniture

Join Aidan on one of his varied courses making furniture.  Leave with a remarkable sense of accomplishment, enthusiasm and the confidence to push ahead with your own dreams.


Edward Johnson School of Furniture - School of Craft

Edward Johnson is based near Chichester and offers courses on sharpening, hand shaping techniques, steam bending including making items using this technique.


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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.

The latest cruise took place in August 2018, keep an eye on the website for details of the next one.


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.


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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.


The Austrian Woodcarving School - Tirol, Austria

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


Mary Anstee-Parry - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Mary is a teacher, letter-cutter, woodcarver and sculptor. Based near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk where she runs regular courses.


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.

Click here to view Glyn Mould's courses at Sacrewell Farm Centre

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.

Click here to see where you can participate in one of Dick Onians courses

Jon Warnes Wood Courses

Jon has been working with green wood and green wood tools for the past 30 years, making benches, chairs, spoons, bowls, boxes, utensils, toys and much more. Jon also teaches all things green woodworking.


William Barsley

William is a traditional woodcarver who has been running courses for the last few years.  Based in the wonderful county of Devon.  Many of his students are beginners and there is a wide selection of courses to choose from - 2 hours to 2 days, something for everyone.


Michelle Bolton

Do you fancy learning to carve yourself but don't know where to start or want some specific tuition on particular areas / aspects of carving? Michelle can accommodate up to two people in her workshop in Braintree for one to one / one to two tuition. Alternatively if there is a group of you she is happy to travel and come to you to deliver bespoke workshops. 


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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.


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.


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The Windsor Workshop

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


Westonbirt Woodworks

For chairmaking courses in the beautiful surroundings of Westonbirt Arboretum with Paul Hayden plus timber and ready made furniture for sale.


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.


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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.


Lakeland Cabinet Makers

Mark - box maker based in Penrith, Cumbria. Runs weekend courses making boxes.


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

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

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.


Jon Warnes Wood Courses

Jon has been working with green wood and green wood tools for the past 30 years, making benches, chairs, spoons, bowls, boxes, utensils, toys and much more. Jon also teaches all things green woodworking.


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Bob Neill

Pyrography courses....Bob runs one day courses from his workshop in South Derbyshire and other craft centres and shows around the country...he also does Hands on Workshops for groups with 16 machines plus blanks....


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