Woodworking Courses

We provide a range of furniture making courses in East Sussex, ranging from weekend classes all the way up to a two year course.

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Weekend courses,
One Week Taster course,
Long courses.


Marc Fish leading a talk

I really enjoyed my time in Newhaven, and there are loads of tips and tricks I picked up from Marc and Theo which I will doubtless use for years to come.
More than anything, it is having been immersed in a highly professional, creative and disciplined workshop that has rubbed off on me the most.

David Cracknell

Short Courses

Weekend Courses

Choose from a range of weekend courses in subjects like wood finishing, dovetailing, and making a wooden hand-plane.
See the list of weekend classes here.

One Week Taster Course

Our one-week introduction to hand tools and furniture making course is for anyone looking to get started in woodworking or perhaps a hobbyist looking to expand their knowledge.

The great thing about our short courses is that as well as being fascinating, hands-on courses in their own right, they can also act as tasters for anyone looking to do a longer course with us.
If you’re interested in taking a 19 week course or longer but want to get acquainted with the studio and the workshop, meet the tutors, and see what the area is like, you can take one of our one week taster course first.

See the schedule of the one week taster courses here.

Long Courses

We have a range of longer courses – pick one to suit you.

Our 19 week course covers all the essentials in detail with time to complete a project to the finest quality whilst giving a more hands-on practice in our fully equipped workshop.

SCQF’s Level 8 for 50 Week Course

Our one year courses last a full 50 weeks, with one week off in August and another in December, which means you can really make the most of your time here. One year students cover all the essentials with plenty of time to really hone the skills, and they get the time to complete three of their own projects, alongside learning about other, more advanced topics. The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

We are proud to announce the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have credit rated robinson house studio‘s popular 50 Week Furniture Design and Makers’ course at SCQF Level 8, opening more opportunities for students wishing to study furniture design and making.

Our longest course is two years, which gives students time to produce six projects and develop a greater portfolio of work.

All of our courses are suitable for complete beginners – we’ll teach you everything you need to know and give you plenty of time to practice and develop your skills.
If you have some experience already, maybe you’ve been working in the industry or have been a committed hobbyist for years, then our one year advanced course may be for you. You’ll cover more advanced subjects like mixed medias and model making, and will have time to complete four projects.

Long courses begin in April and September. We  can sometimes take students outside of these months.

If you have any questions, do get in touch. We can give you further information on what exactly the course covers, to see if it’s right for you and your career plans. We can also offer advice on practicalities like accommodation. Have a look at our FAQ page to see if we’ve answered your question there.

With decades of experience in woodworking across our team, we can hone your skills to become exceptional furniture makers and designers

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