Start dates: January, May, September

The 24 week course covers all the same elements as the 12 week course while allowing more time to complete your projects, and will give you much needed practice whilst having support and advice when it is needed. Your project will be designed by you, but you’ll be supported every step of the way, with advice on proportion, aesthetics, ergonomics, material selection and functionality on hand.

This course is ideal for international students from non-EU countries. Due to strict immigration controls visitors can now only get a six month visitor’s visa, which unfortunately means we usually cannot accept international students onto our year long course, so our 24 week course is ideal if you’d like to cover everything on our three month syllabus and have plenty of time to put it into practice.

You will also be able to cover some of the more advanced subjects that are taught on our one & two year programs. You can join in with design discussions, start to consider design practices and study past and present designers. Whether you want to set up on your own, are looking for a change in career through employment, or just enjoying a hobby, this could be just the course to fulfill your needs. Visiting lecturers attend the studio with discussions on a variety of subjects this is combined with field trips to other workshops and exhibitions.

Hand tool selection – New, old, tuning and sharpening. Use of hand tools and accurate measuring

Glues – Different types, strength comparison, and correct uses.

Abrasives – Different types and correct uses

Machinery – Maintenance, identification, and applications

Health & safety

Hand power tools – Routers, router tables, biscuit jointers, domino jointers, sander, drills

Joints – Cutting, assembly, identification, construction


Jigs and small batch runs

Drawing – Sketching, working drawings, rods, CAD

Cutting lists

Ordering timber – Costing and estimating waste

Timber study – Movement, moisture content, drying, defects, and conversion

External timber yard visit

Veneering – Selection, storage, preparation, hand pressing, vacuum bag

Laminating – Cutting, thicknessing, invisible glue lines

Curves – Steam bending theory, coopering, laminating

Finishing – Types, applications, polishing oils, bleach, colouring

These topics may be studied in addition to core topics, subject to availability and schedules


Metal turning

Power carving

Steam bending – practical

Course cost

24 week course cost: £12,500

Deposit: £4,000

Remaining balance due on first day of course

Other costs

A budget for tools should be allowed, we can advise on what is needed

A budget should also be allowed for materials for your own projects. Materials are provided for small samples and test pieces


Our student intakes are in January, May, and September. Occasionally we can accept students outside of these dates, please email us to enquire about this

Teaching is 9am until 4.30pm

Some out-of-hours and weekend practice time may be available, subject to terms and conditions

24 Week Furniture Makers’ Course