Next course: 2024 dates TBC.  

Over this 3 day course, students will learn how to make a wooden hand plane.

How to make a wooden hand plane weekend

This will involve skills such as bandsawing, routing, drilling, shaping with a spokeshave, sanding and finishing. Students will be provided with a comprehensive booklet at the beginning of the course and leave with a completed plane and the skills and knowledge they need to repeat the exercise on their own.

Watch Theo’s video about his journey making wooden planes:

This course is run by Theo Cook. Theo did his apprentice at Edward Barnsley Workshop, he also studied in the USA at James Krenov’s school, the College of the Redwoods. Here he made the now famous Krenov handplanes which he now teaches to students at ‘robinson house studio’

“Of course the really good plane becomes an instrument, it becomes something that you want to make music with.”
– James Krenov

Materials and blades are supplied, however if students wish to use their own timber we can advise on sizes required and do the preparation work prior to the course start date if the wood is sent to us.

Cost: £400.00 including materials

I attended a short 3 day course at Robinson House Studio earlier this year. Our introduction to this location was a tour around the premises which included the long course teaching workshops, the studios own workshops where we saw items of furniture in various stages of production, the ‘machine room’ and other facilities that they have ‘in house’. It is indeed a very impressive place making amazing furniture. My course was tutored by Theo, an extremely skilled and experienced crafts person who’s instruction was clear, very detailed and supported by a pamphlet which included pictures & diagrams. I completed the 3 day course and was very pleased with the item I made.
– Michael Newman

Got a place on this course?
Please arrive at 9.30am, the days will finish at 4.30pm.
There’s no need to bring any tools, but please bring a packed lunch.

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Make a Wooden Hand Plane with Theo Cook