Start dates: January, May, September

This one-year course is aimed at those who might be looking for a career as a maker in an employed role. No distractions, no designing to worry about – just pure making. This may appeal to those who want to concentrate just on making, maybe find the design element daunting or are just not interested in it at this stage of their learning or career.

You will cover subjects that will enable your skill level to grow as a maker, even if you have no experience with woodworking to begin with. A high level of craftsmanship is taught with attention to detail being paramount.

Three or four projects are usually completed in the year, the projects can be set by us or be designed by you with guidance from your tutor. Our photographer will produce your portfolio, which you can use to help gain employment. We also often have guest lecturers and take trips to exhibitions.

Our year course lasts a full 50 weeks, with 2 weeks off in December, so you can get as much practical experience as possible during your time here.

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

Steam bending, coopering

Power carving


Metalworking – welding, brushing, cleaning, stainless, mild steel, powder coating, spraying, casting, lathe and milling

CAD one week, CNC machines

Course cost

50 week course cost: £18,000

Deposit: £3,000

Please contact us for details on the instalments for the remainder of the cost

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

50 Week Furniture Making Only Course