On the One Week Course, you will learn from the ground up, the professional methods that ensure exactness in your woodwork. We introduce the fundamental disciplines, setting the stage for quality furniture making.
The course mirrors the first week of our Six Month Professional Maker and Twelve Month Professional Designer/Maker courses. As such, students with us for one week start to uncover the same skills and accuracy, that is associated with Rowden trained makers.
How your hand and body relate to bench planes, chisels, and hand tools in general, is critical to their correct application. You will learn to hold them, to position yourself at the bench, and work with your whole body, not just your forearms. We will teach you to create dead flat surfaces, plane adjacent square edges, and create dimensioned components. You will do this all with relatively simple tools to an accuracy of 0.25 mm. We look at tool set up, sharpening (without unnecessary honing guides), assembly and finishing techniques. It is a rewarding and intensive course.
Where this course can take you
One week at Rowden provides students with the primary knowledge to reach a professional level of woodworking, but it can go beyond this. It is often the beginning of a shift in mindset. It should open your eyes not just to the work we do at Rowden, but what you can achieve with a tool in hand. It is often a prelude to our full six and twelve-month courses. You will also be able to take advantage of our daily lectures alongside students already enrolled at Rowden, covering a wealth of subjects in and around cabinetmaking and design.
Jon Greenwood, Jonathan Walter or Ed Wild generally guide students through this course. Each is an exceptional maker in their own right. You can find our more about them and the rest of us at Rowden on our Meet The Team page.
Logistics: Getting to Rowden
Every year around 99% of our students are coming from elsewhere in the UK or the world. Many are here with a previous career behind them, some coming as an alternative to university. Students at Rowden are anywhere between 18 and 80. Universally there are logistics to consider.
Can I do this? Where will I live? Where is good for my family? How will I get around? What is Devon or the UK like? We can help with all of these questions. Our FAQ’s page will answer most, but get in touch if you would like to discuss your specific situation.
Course Tuition Fees:
One Week Woodworking Course: £870