For the Love of Making
things out of wood
At Woodlab we want to share the love of making things out of wood. Our skills based courses are designed to introduce you to the modern workshop and give you an idea of where wood comes from. Practical, relevant skills for the career-changer, the enthusiast, the artist/maker, the DIYer, the lover of trees.
A way into the world of wood and woodlands
We want to power you up with knowledge of wood. How to machine it, work with grain and natural defects, and how to finish it. Part of every course is an introduction to the state of British woodlands, and how, as a potential buyer / maker, you can positively impact their biodiversity. Our courses show you the challenges and rewards of using locally sourced wood.
A beautiful object made by you
Each weekend course heads towards an object made by you. Objects that, if you saw them before the course you would not believe that you could have made something so accurate and beautiful. That’s the dream.
Proper skills in a proper workshop
The courses are skills led. They are centred on a key process or machine (and we have some most excellent machines). In combination they give you a great overview of contemporary woodworking. Enough to set your mind somersaulting at the potential of what you can do with wood.
Top teachers and cosy classes
Our teachers are fine, friendly human beings, just like you. They excel in demystifying complex processes, making them easy and accessible for the first-timer. We keep class sizes small. 4 students, 1 tutor. Intimate and focussed. This way you learn more and get way more squids for your quids.
A ten month furniture-making programme with writer, lecturer and master craftsman, Nick Kary. Learn fine joinery, green woodwork, design, carving, hand tool use, polishing, and apply all this to your own individual furniture piece.
We have exciting news! We are partnering with TouchWood Southwest to run another of their courses for women using exclusively hand held power tools to make a small wall shelf with drawer. Be quick - the first one ran out fast!
A hands-on wood-processing experience transforming rough timber into beautiful objects.
A practical exercise-driven in-depth introduction to the single most game-changing power tool: the router
Create a bespoke picture frame that will last for generations and simultaneously receive a practical introduction to the versatility of the table saw. What’s not to love?
Course coming in early 2023! This will be a regular session on Wednesday evenings 6pm - 9pm. Each week we explore a technique or joint and then practise it. Click on 'Learn More' and go to 'Book Now' to register your interest and be the first to receive new dates.
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