WOODWORK SKILLS

Woodwork Skills taught at The Goodlife Centre

We have a series of Basic Woodwork Skills workshops designed to offer you practical, hands-on experience to increase your skills set of working with wood. If you enjoy the peace that comes with traditional skills, these workshops can be built into a life long pastime. These workshops always sells out fast.

Make a Shelf

A beginners one-day workshop focussing on the key skills of measuring, sawing, chiselling, planing and making a simple half joint.

Take a plunge into carpentry by learning how to use the tools that create this rather lovely set of ‘Gallows brackets’ and shelf. During this ‘absolute beginners’ one day workshop,professional cabinet maker Ben Rawlinson will show you how to use a chisel to construct a half lap joint and chamfer an edge. You will be guided through using a wood plane to smooth the shelf and edge plane the front surface.

The day will also show you how to sharpen and care for chisels and planes and by the end of the day will take away new found confidence in two very important parts of your tool kit, and a shelf and brackets to show off to all your friends.

Make a Wood Stool

A beginners two-day workshop to hone skills in measuring, sawing, drilling, using the spokeshave and making simple dowel joints.

This is a great starter workshop that introduces the skills of how to measure accurately, cut precisely and join planks together using dowels. In addition to this, the legs are connected to the base using a ‘wedged through tenon’ which is a classic woodworking joint and produces a very strong and pleasing result. The tools used include handsaws, chisels, planes and spoke shaves and you can even get a chance to try an old fashioned ‘bit and brace’ drill. If you are contemplating our ‘Carpentry for Beginners’ course, this can be a great intro to gain confidence.

Make a Rustic Low Wood Stool

A beginners two-day workshop to hone skills in measuring, sawing, drilling, using the spokeshave and making simple dowel joints.

If you hanker to work with ‘green’ wood but can’t spare the time to delve deep in the forest for a class, this is a great way to start. David Barker is a man of many talents and this rustic wood stool is one of his finest projects. This beginner project approaches woodwork from a more organic style than our other woodwork skills workshops.

A ‘conversation’ begins with the branches you select and the raw piece of English Elm that becomes the seat. If you have never thought of using wood ‘straight from the tree’, this is an opportunity to work ‘with’ the wood and explore individual decisions about the height of the stool, the direction of the legs and the finish on the wood. David show each person in this small class how to use each traditional tool, but he is a modern man and the quick results of the workshop are helped with modern fast setting adhesive.

Make a Plane

A two-day workshop aimed at confident beginners, or as a refresher course for those with some basic woodwork skills. Fun for all able makers. This workshop concentrates on skills sawing, planing and drilling.

No, not an aeroplane - but a fully functioning traditional wood plane to cherish or give to a loved one. This two day workshop is a great chance to kindle a passion for woodwork and take home a useful tool that will last a lifetime. This short condensed course will take place on two consecutive Saturdays.

Adam Findley is an expert cabinet maker and  experienced tutor. He has crafted this smoothing plane from hardwoods and is excited to work with us to help others come up with their own unique shaping as they make their own work piece.

We have a selection of tools used in our workshops for sale at the Centre so you can take them home and continue to improve as you practice to develop a life-long skill. All personal protection and use of tools and materials are included.

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Start dayDateStart timeEnd timeCourse nameCourse lengthPriceGood to KnowDetailsRegister
Thu 24/04/2014 18:30 21:00 BASIC WOODWORK - CARPENTRY FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS 12 weeks £625.00 Advanced beginners course! details Available Spaces: 0
Sun 04/05/2014 10:00 17:00 BASIC WOODWORK - MAKE A SHELF 1 day £165.00 Popular course details
Sat 10/05/2014 10:00 17:00 BASIC WOODWORK - MAKE A WOOD STOOL 2 days £325.00 Great intro to carpentry! details Available Spaces: 0
Sun 08/06/2014 10:00 17:00 BASIC WOODWORK - MAKE A SHELF 1 day £165.00 Popular course details
Sat 05/07/2014 10:00 17:00 BASIC WOODWORK - MAKE A WOOD STOOL 2 days £325.00 Great intro to carpentry! details

Contact the Goodlife Centre today! Call Alison on 0207 760 7613 or email alison@thegoodlifecentre.co.uk