Weekend Courses

Our Weekend Courses

We offer a selection of weekend courses for those who are looking to explore specialist woodworking techniques over the course of two days.
Please note, all courses are for adults aged 18 years and over.

Woodturning Weekend

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

This fun and informative weekend is one of our most accessible courses 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.

Our 2024 weekend woodturning courses will take place on the following dates:

  • 25th – 26th May
  • 7th – 8th September
  • 12th – 13th October
  • 2nd – 3rd November

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 £450. This covers your tuition and materials.


Spoon Carving Course

Our Spoon Carving Course is led by Louise Forbes, a talented wood carver and the founder of Louise Forbes Designs.

Louise’s renowned Spoon Carving workshops have been redesigned for the Chippendale School. Spanning two days, the course will cover the skills and techniques required to hand-carve a variety of wooden spoons.

Using kiln dried hardwood, Louise will guide students through the process stage by stage with regular demonstrations. During the weekend, students will have the opportunity to carve a small salt spoon, a coffee scoop, and salad servers or an alternative of their choice.

All tools and materials will be supplied.

wooden spoon collection

Our 2024 spoon carving courses will take place on the following dates. There are only 10 spaces available, so early booking is advised.

  • 17 – 18 February 2024
  • 26 – 27 October 2024

The fee for each course is £350. This covers your tuition and materials.



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


Our professional course is ideal for those looking to pursue a career in fine furniture design and making. With 30 students, starting each year in October, taught by an in-house team of tutors and a range of visiting experts.


This course is for those who wish to come and design and make a piece of furniture. With a maximum of 4 students, these courses are popular with hobbyists and fill up fast. The complexity of the design will be dictated by the individual student’s level of experience.


Ideal for beginners, the introductory course covers a wide range of woodworking fundamentals. This is great way to get a taste of the teaching environment at Chippendale and is a popular choice for those interested in the 30-week professional course. Other 1-week courses include wood bending techniques, upholstery and restoration.
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