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.

Marc Fish leading a talk

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 12 week course or longer but want to get a feel for the studio and the workshop, meet the tutors, and see what the place is like, you can take one of our one week taster course first

Extend and we refund the course cost

If you do go on to book a long course after the one week taster we’ll refund the cost of the course against the cost of the long course!

See the schedule of the one week taster course here.

Long Courses

We’ve got a range of longer courses so you can pick one to suit you.
Starting with a 12 week course and a summer school course – new for 2022, to cover all the essentials in detail with time to complete a small project, or a 24 week course which gives you more time to get some hands-on practice in our fully equipped workshop. We recommend the 24 week course for international students who want to do as long a course as they can join on a visitors’ VISA.

Our one year course lasts a full 50 weeks, with two weeks off in December, which means you can really make the most of your time here since we don’t have terms and long holidays. 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.

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.

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.