Our classes have been designed to cater for students with varied levels of woodwork skills. There are no formal qualifications to qualify for enrolment.
The classes centre on projects designated by the student, usually furniture of some kind. Some students, however, choose a project such as a box or small stool, the design and making of which will also serve as an education in the fundamentals of woodworking, particularly with hand tools and portable power tools.
In either case, students should bring an illustrative (plan, photo or drawing) and short textual description of their project, with measurements to enable specification of a timber cutting list.
Some students stay only as long as it takes to complete one specific project. Others set themselves a series of projects so their woodwork skills increase over time.
The tutors assist students at all stages from project design, choice of timber, construction, finishing, safe work practices and, when required, machine operation.
Class numbers are limited to ensure tutors can provide each student with guidance. There is no predetermined date for completion of projects and enrolment is on a term by term basis. Support will be tailored to suit the requirements of each project and the competence of each student. Note, however, that tutors are a shared resource to the whole class and you are expected to operate with a degree of independence after being shown how to perform a task.
Timber and Equipment
Students are responsible for purchasing their own timber and organising for it to be transported to the workshop. The suitability of the timber and fittings should be discussed with the tutor to ensure they are appropriate for the chosen project. This is usually covered in the first class.
Tools and equipment are provided. The school also supplies consumables such as glue, sandpaper, timber filler, screws, finish, masks and protective equipment. The student may also supply their own finish – oil or lacquer.
Clothing and footwear should be suitable for a workshop environment (but not heavy industrial), providing protection against wood chips, dropped objects, and spills or splashes of varnishes and glues, while hair should be restrained or covered to avoid entanglement with machinery. Open toed shoes are never acceptable and students will not be permitted entry to the workshop if these are worn.
Note – Fees are inclusive of insurance, supervision of, and induction in, OHS practices for machine operation.