Passing on the knowledge

Mike is a patient and inspiring teacher and enjoys passing on his knowledge and skills to others. We are located about an hour north of Aberdeen where we offer a series of three weekend courses in our beautiful rural surroundings for either individuals or small groups. These are very practical and are all based on a project which teaches a range of skills and at the end of the course you will have a completed piece to take away with you.

Students get their own bench, tools and materials for the course project are there is a maximum of 3 people on each course which means you will get plenty of individual attention.  We also provide you with a light lunch on both days along with tea, coffee and Jane’s superb home made cake!


Choose your course

The beginners course will introduce basic joints and use of the tools by working through a project to build a child’s stool.  We’ll also talk about characteristics of wood and give advice on which tools to get you started in setting up your own workshop at home.  Cost: £295

The intermediate course will cover carcass-building techniques and some basic cabinetry work needed to make a small spice rack. We’ll also take a closer look at some of the workshop equipment including how to operate it safely.  Cost: £295

The progressive course introduces more advanced skills through our project-based teaching technique.  On this course students will make a tea tray featuring dovetailed corners.  Cost: £295


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Tool sharpening course.  On this one-day course, you will learn practical skills to apply the correct bevel angles to a plane iron and a chisel and hone them to give you fine cuts and shavings with minimum effort. You will also make a dedicated sharpening board and strop which will be yours to take away with you to use at home.  Cost: £175


Click on a date to book your place

Progressive: 6 – 7 July 2024 * fully booked *


Beginners: 31 Aug – 1 Sep 2024 * fully booked *


Intermediate: 28 – 29 September 2024 * fully booked *


Tool sharpening day: 2 November 2024 * 3 places left *


Progressive: 16 – 17 November 2024 * 2 places left *



More dates to follow…