4-Week Course

Our 4-Week Course

Our 4-week intermediate course is aimed at anyone wanting to take their woodworking skills to a whole new level, with no previous woodworking experience required.

The course is delivered intensively over 4 weeks to small groups of two students per tutor. You will learn under Alan McGovern, a skilled cabinet maker with over 35 years of experience, and Fiona Gilfillan, a fine furniture maker and graduate of the School’s Professional Course.

You will build a small to medium piece of hardwood furniture, learning techniques that will take you from developing and laying out your design right through to building and finishing it. A variety of workshop tools and machines will be used, depending on your chosen design. Time permitting, you might have the chance to make other small pieces on this course.
This course will give you the skills and confidence to flourish in your woodworking hobby.

With only two students per tutor at any one time, tuition is comprehensive and you will work closely with your tutor to complete your chosen design.

You will be taught skills as required by your design, including how to:

  • Lay out your design and make a cutting list from it
  • Use workshop machinery such as a table saw, planer, bandsaw, mitre saw and router to machine your materials
  • Make wood joints by hand and using machines
  • Sharpen hand tools, where used
  • Make mouldings using a table router
  • Make tapered legs
  • Build your piece allowing for wood movement
  • Time permitting, you may make other small pieces, such as a small box or a veneered panel, using other bench skills learned on the course.

The fee for the intermediate course is £3,900, with a £900 non-refundable deposit payable to secure your place, with the balance payable one month before the start of the course. The cost of timber is included in this fee.

The upcoming course dates for 2024 are:

  • 8 Jan – 2 Feb 2024
  • 19 Feb – 15 Mar 2024
  • 25 Mar – 19 Apr 2024
  • 29 Apr – 24 May 2024
  • 3 – 28 Jun 2024
  • 8 Jul – 2 Aug 2024
  • 12 Aug – 6 Sep 2024

If you would like to join us, please fill in the application form, stating your preferred start date.

Course bursary

We have an exciting bursary opportunity enabling a small number of successful students to enrol on a fully-funded place on the 4-week course running in June 2024. This provides a full scholarship covering school fees. Apply at the link below by 31 March 2024.


If you are looking to pursue a career in woodworking, get in touch to arrange a visit or a virtual call with the Principal.


Read about other courses


This course prepares you for a career in fine furniture design. It provides an intensive curriculum and personalised instruction, surpassing other international courses in the field.


Ideal for beginners, the 1-week course offers year-round instruction, covering various skills and techniques. This course is delivered Monday to Friday.


Weekend courses are accessible routes into woodworking with a focus on woodturning, teaching lathe work, and various techniques to create projects like stools and bowls.
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