Weekend Woodworking Course

A weekend at Rowden is a great way to develop your hands-on woodworking skills, without taking time away from everyday life. The south-west is an inspiring part of the UK to spend time, be creative and to start in fine woodworking.
A weekend at Rowden is a great way to develop your hands-on woodworking skills, without taking time away from everyday life. The south-west is an inspiring part of the UK to spend time, be creative and to start in fine woodworking.

Courses Overview

Box Making Weekend

This course is a challenging but rewarding two days spent in the workshop. We guide students through the process of making a small but finely crafted box. It is then sanded and polished to a professional standard. It is a very practically driven course which leaves people delighted at what they can achieve with their own hands. The box is, of course, yours to take home and impress everyone you know, telling them proudly, “I made this”.

A ROWDEN BOX MADE ON A WEEKEND COURSE WOODWORKING CLASS

In this course you will work on:

  • The setting up, sharpening and use of a plane
  • Marking accurately with a range of marking tools
  • Using woodworking jigs to help with sawing
  • Creating a simple solid wood box with mitred corners
  • Fitting critical joints for strength and rigidity
  • Cutting the lid and planing surfaces accurately to fit
  • Fitting a base and lid into grooves
  • Fitting liners precisely
  • Polishing all to a soft shine
  • Meeting the standard associated with Rowden Atelier

Hand Tool Sharpening & Honing Weekend

You know when your tools are not working well for you. This course is for those of you that know how vital sharp tools are to good, accurate work. Bring your tools, and we will show you how to prepare them, how to get them working and make sure they are razor sharp – without unnecessary jigs or guides. Compare your old bench plane with ours and ensure it is ‘workshop ready’ under our tutors’ guidance.

A HIGH CARBON, HOCK PLANE BLADE BEING SHARPENED AT ROWDEN ATELIER ON A WOODWORKING COURSE

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Correctly sharpen and use chisels.
  • Correctly set up, sharpen and use your bench plane.
  • Set up and use a marking gauge or a block plane.
  • Sharpen and use a marking knife and accurately mark wood
  • Correctly sharpen a saw
  • Depending on the individual, we can teach you how to sharpen a cabinet scraper or use a scraper plane too.

Given each individuals tool kit is a little different to a certain degree, you can tell us what you need to learn on this course. We can help you how to get your tools to workshop standard, ready to take home and importantly, how to keep them in shape.

Your Tutor

ROWDEN TUTOR ED WILD SHOWING STUDENTS THE BASICS ON OUR WOODWORKING COURSES AT ROWDEN ATELIER

Rowden Atelier tutor Ed Wild teaches these courses. Ed is an award-winning, Rowden trained maker who is well known for his box work and is one of the best in the UK. You can find out more about Ed on our team page, as well as see the calibre of his work on his website.

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 right 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:

Weekend Course: £360

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