If you would like to invest in yourself and learn practical skills for life, but are not interested in the academic study side of certification, The Goodlife Centre now offers a long woodwork course to take you from complete beginner to competent woodworker, joining us for 2 x 12 week terms on a Wednesday from 10am-5pm with a break for lunch 1-2pm.
Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and some basic power tools, you will develop the confidence to build simple wood projects and take on many DIY and home improvement projects. Maximising your time with practical exercises, you will journey through the wonderful world of wood with an expert wood worker and tutor, who will enthuse and inspire you as you proceed.
During your development, you will be able to adapt each project to suit your needs and as the number of people on the course will be small, you will have plenty of opportunity to personalise your craft skills. We keep our classes small so that a maximum of 10 students will ensure you benefit from close personal attention during your course
Skills are taught using specific wood projects which are designed to cover a broad range of challenges to build your ability as you go. During the year we will cover the following topics.
Each made object will begin with learning about selection and cutting of timber, with knowledge of pricing and purchasing. There will be at least one trip to a timber merchant to explain timber sizing and mill conversion.
The projects will include:
A CLASSIC THREE OR FOUR LEGGED STOOL IN SOFTWOOD
AN OCCASIONAL LOW TABLE IN SOFTWOOD AND PLYWOOD
A SET OF STEPS
A SMALL CUPBOARD WITH VENEER PANEL DOOR
Teaching & Learning
As well as recommending how to build a good tool kit, we will teach you how to maintain them by teaching the invaluable skill of honing and sharpening the edges of tools. Even if you have already joined us to make one of the pieces above, we will step up your learning with challenging your accuracy. We look forward to you joining us in September. We’ll put the kettle on and get out the biscuits, and then you can begin.
Learners will have access to our well equipped woodwork workshop on Wednesdays and the majority of the teaching will be by practical experience on your own projects (listed above). There will be set exercises to be completed and tutors will help learners evaluate their own work in private and group tutorials throughout the course. Any additional projects the learner takes on will be encouraged.
Feedback will be given throughout the course. Fundamental knowledge will be explained in interactive lectures in the workshop using practical examples where possible. Different basic topics will be explored and learners are encouraged to develop their own creativity and confidence as they progress.
Tutors will encourage, support and arrange informal visits to local timber yards to facilitate selection and purchase of materials Opportunities to improve drawing skills will occur as we offer technical drawing days throughout the year. We encourage learners to develop a comprehensive and reference-able folder of notes as a valuable and visible aid to learning, as well as an ongoing portfolio of your own projects.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who have some previous experience. As much of the learning is transferred verbally, a good knowledge of English is required. We do not have minimum academic qualification requirements.
In addition to our the core woodwork course, learners have the opportunity to round-off their knowledge by attending our other woodwork related workshops at a discount. These workshops run regularly, in the evenings and at weekends, and can be taken at any time during your carpentry course. These companion workshops will improve your skill levels and abilities in upholstery, wood carving and restoration, providing you with a good grounding in all levels of woodwork and furniture restoring.
Ruth Thomson is an experienced carpenter and enthusiastic teacher. She has headed carpentry departments teaching NVQ levels 1 and 2. Ruth enjoys teaching our basic carpentry as well as bespoke classes for children. She headed the build for our new workshop and wrote an impressive and accurate shopping list for 2 kilometres of wall studding and a ton of plasterboard. When not teaching, Ruth explores the countryside on her motorbike and plays guitar and piano. Not at the same time.
Course fees- 24 weeks for £2400.00 Optional supplementary woodwork related workshops are available with 50% discount. We also offer a 5% discount for anything purchased from Axminster tools during the course.
All basic materials for the projects are included in the cost of the course
The course takes places weekly each Wednesdays 10am-5pm. Lunch 1-2pm See individual event details below for course dates.