Weekend Woodworking Courses

A lot of this I would never have picked up from books or video

Years ago when I first started a workshop in Devon I would do weekend courses; I really enjoyed it; meeting lots of different people who came down for a lovely weekend in Devon. I had to stop these courses in the end because I was working during the week and then working all weekend and there is only so long you can keep that up.

However, now Rowden graduate, and fine maker in his own right, Ed Wild is running weekend furniture building courses to enable you guys and gals to get down here and have some fun behind the bench.

Ed is great; a very patient and diligent teacher who I am very happy to recommend to you – whether you are a beginner in woodworking or are looking to develop specific skills as a furniture maker.


Woodworking tools - woodworker using a dovetail saw

This is what Peter Sudworth said about the course

The course was very good, thank you. Ed is such a good teacher. I learnt everything that I wanted to and now feel that I know how to sharpen my tools and know some basics about how to use them properly. A lot of this I would never have picked up from books or video.

While practising the various techniques it was so helpful to be able to do something, assess it myself and then check my understanding of it with Ed. Ed also helped me get my old planes flattened and in good working order, which I wouldn’t have managed on my own…

I had a very enjoyable and inspiring weekend. Please reiterate my thanks to Ed. I hope to come up there again sometime and do another of your short courses.

– Peter Sudworth

Hand planing a piece of sycamore

Tool Basics: Sharpening Woodworking Hand Tools

You know when your tools are not working well for you. Bring your own tools, and we will show you how to get them working for you. Compare your old bench plane with how one of our planes work, then fix it under our tutor’s guiding instructions.

  • This is a weekend for you to learn how to sharpen and use chisels.
  • Learn how to correctly setup and use your own bench plane.
  • We can show you how to sharpen the cabinet scraper or use a scraper plane.
  • Learn how to set up and use a marking gauge or a block plane.

To a certain degree, you can tell us what you want to learn; these short woodworking courses are partly bespoke. A two-day taster course costs £340. This provides you with truly focused tuition with, at most, only one or two other like minded souls in the studio. A deposit of £120 is payable to secure a place with the remaining balance due 14 days before the commencement of the course.


A box made on a Rowden woodworking courseFine box created on one of our woodworking coursesWill Newman box made on our furniture making course

Box Making Course “I made this…”

Look at this lovely little Walnut box. Ed Wild will guide you through the process of making one just like this in only two days. Take one home with you to amaze and impress everyone you know, and tell them proudly, “I made this”.

  • A simple solid wood box finished to a nice glowing shine
  • Mitre the corners
  • Fit splines to strengthen the joint
  • Fit bottom and lid into grooves
  • Cut off the lid and plane surfaces to fit
  • Polish all to a soft shellac shine
  • Fit cedarwood liners to hold the lid in place
  • All in best quality Rowden Atelier tradition.

A weekend furniture building course costs £340 with yourself and involves maybe only one, or at the most two, other students. A deposit of £120 is payable to secure a place with the remaining balance due 14 days before the commencement of the course.


Anne-Sofie's box, created on a woodworking course

This is what Felipe Serodio had to say:


I really enjoyed the woodwork course. Thanks for having us and for being flexible around our learning interests.

Also would like to thank John for guiding us during the week.

Looking forward to starting doing some small pieces of my own.

– Filipe Serodio

Veneered mirror created during a woodworking course

Basic Veneering

“Hey look at this, I made it in only a weekend…”

This lovely veneered frame in Macassar Ebony and Sycamore will see you engaging in advanced veneering techniques.

  • Cross-branding and mitre corner joints
  • Make and mitre fit contrasting edge lippings
  • Veneer of plywood backing board using a vacuum bag press
  • Learn to use shellac and wax polish
  • Fit mirror glass and stand

A two day course costs £340 only for a maximum of 3 people, a deposit of £140 is payable through your preferred secure method with the remaining balance due one month before the commencement of the course.

Course Price List

We offer a range of courses to suit all abilities and availabilities:

  • 50 Week Designer / Maker – £19,950
  • 25 Week Designer / Maker – £12,810
  • One Month – £3,486
  • One Week – £870
  • Weekend – £340

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