Our Complementary Courses

In addition to our professional, intermediate and introductory courses, we offer a selection of short complementary courses for those with a keen interest in furniture making and restoration.

Upholstery course

Our one-week upholstery course is taught by Victoria Meacham, an experienced teacher and a member of the Association of Master Upholsters and Soft Furnishers.

She runs VM Furnishing, an upholstery business which combines teaching upholstery and furniture upcycling, with domestic and contract upholstery and furniture design projects, working with interior designers and the public.

Victoria has taught upholstery to private individuals and in group workshops, including working for Edinburgh City Council’s adult education program.

The course covers the basics of traditional and modern upholstery from horsehair to foam, and all tools and sundries will be supplied.


Our next upholstery course has been postponed until 2022. We will publish new dates on our website in coming months.


The fee for each short course is £600, with a £200 non-refundable deposit payable to secure your place, the balance of the fees is then payable one month before the start of the course.

Woodturning Weekend

Our weekend woodturning course is taught by Adam Stone, the School’s Woodturning specialist.

This fun and informative weekend is our most accessible course to give students a first point of access into woodworking, with a focus on woodturning and round joinery.

It is also designed to be scalable, so that students can then apply their skills to a variety of other projects.

During the weekend, students will make a stool or plant stand, with a wooden turned top and three legs.

Students will learn how to work a lathe whilst being introduced to a wide range of different tools and techniques. They will also learn how to make tenons, tapered legs, sand and finish on the lathe – and, if they master those skills, they will also have an opportunity to turn a bowl.


Our weekend woodturning course dates for 2021/2022 are below.


27th – 28th Nov 2021

11th – 12th Dec 2021

22nd – 23rd Jan 2022

12th – 13th Feb 2022


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


The fee for each short course is £400, with a £100 non-refundable deposit payable to secure your place, the balance of the fees is then payable one month before the start of the course. This covers your tuition and materials.

Find out more about our other courses

Furniture making courses

Professional Course

Our professional course is aimed at those who want to make fine furniture design and make it their career, or to learn a professional skill in retirement.

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Introductory Course

For anyone looking for an introduction to woodworking, we run one-week Introductory courses several times a year. These short courses are run over a five-day period, Monday to Friday and provide an introduction to a whole range of woodworking skills and techniques.

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Intermediate Course

Our one-month intermediate course is aimed at anyone wanting to take their woodworking skills to a whole new level.

Get In Touch

If you are looking to embark on a career change or you have an interest in the art of woodworking and furniture design, get in touch and arrange in a visit.