Passing on knowledge

Mike is a patient and inspiring teacher and enjoys passing on his knowledge and skills to others. We offer short courses in our pleasant rural surroundings for either individuals or small groups. These can cover anything from the basics of woodworking through to more complex aspects of cabinet making.

Students will get use of their own bench, tools and materials for the course project with max 3 people on group course so you get plenty of attention.  We also provide you with a sandwich lunch on both days along with tea, coffee and Jane’s worldbeating  home made cake!  All this for an inclusive fee of £325.

The beginners course will introduce basic joints and use of the tools by working through a simple project.  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.

The intermediate course is an ideal follow on which will cover more progressive techniques needed to complete a course project which can be finished on the course or by taking it away with you.  We’ll also take a closer look at some of the workshop equipment including how to operate it safely.

The progressive course completes our series of standard courses and introduces further more advanced skills through our project-based teaching technique.  After this stage, you will have a sound suite of skills enabling you to consider projects which you may have felt beyond you in the past.

Bespoke courses can be arranged on a one to one or small group basis to guide you through particular skills that you want to acquire or assisting you with a specific project that you have in mind.  Contact us to discuss what you have in mind and we will be happy to arrange it for you.


Here’s what our students say:

“I just wanted to thank you for organising and teaching such a wonderful weekend.”

Mary, Aberdeen

“Excellent course, really enjoyed it along with the varied discussions, excellent food and knowledgeable tutor.”

Gavin, Turriff

“A warm, welcoming workshop and a great introduction to the basics of woodwork. I now feel I could start a simple project for myself.”  

James, Edinburgh

“Two whole days of being spoilt, it was back to reality this morning with a bump, cold office and instant coffee. Yuk!”

Alistair, Knock

“I attended Mike’s Progressive Course and was fortunate (for me) to be only attendee. This meant I had Mike’s undivided attention over the two day course. Rather than concentrating on a piece of work we ranged the various hand and power tools in the shop , discussing the techniques to gain maximum benefit form careful set up, use of jigs etc.  It was just what I wanted, to allow me to advance with confidence in my own home workshop.”

Les, Fochabers


Please click on a date below to book your place on a course.


9-10 June 2018

Beginners course – complete novices and early woodworkers all welcome

21-22 July 2018

Intermediate course – build your skills in making a simple cabinet carcase

18-19 August 2018

Progressive course – more advanced techniques including dovetail joints


Other dates to follow…