East Sussex

  • In-Person Course

    Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

    This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinet-making in order to produce woodwork of a high standard.

    If you have never used a well tuned and set up plane, or a razor sharp chisel, this course will be a revelation, and when you understand the basics of cabinet-making you will realise that ‘engineering in wood’ to minute tolerances is not only achievable, it is also joyful!

    The main purpose of this course is to develop essential hand skills and give a good understanding of the main cabinet-making principles.

    Planing, Sawing and Chiselling are the three critical elements needed for shaping and jointing bits of wood together, so you will be given some good solid technique and exercises to help you practice and conquer these vital skills. Setting up a plane to take gossamer-thin shavings, planing strategies to deal with misshapen pieces of timber, chopping and paring to a knife line with a chisel and bringing a bit of Zen into sawing to make it a focussed, precise process.

    To see how things are progressing you will prepare and join several pieces of wood together to make a cheese-board, this will give you a chance to get some calm, composed gluing under your belt, adding some tapered chamfers with a wonderful ‘finesse tool’, the spoke-shave, will complete this little project.

    Jointing pieces of wood together is what woodwork is all about, so we’ll also look at how to accurately prepare components, planing, gauging, scribing and squaring ends using a Shooting Board. Having planed up some crisp, precise components, you will have the chance to put your new Sawing and Chiselling skills into practice by setting out and cutting a Through Dovetail.

    £300.00
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    Location : East Sussex

    This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some ...

  • In-Person Course

    Sharpening & Tuning Woodworking Hand Tools

    This course is aimed at the woodworker who has some experience but who wishes to learn how to tune or ‘fettle’ a basic woodworking tool-kit and how to sharpen blades to ‘razor sharp’ using a combination of grinder and bench stones. If you have never experienced the joy of working to very fine tolerances, using a plane that is well set up, with a razor sharp blade, this course will be a revelation!

    The main purpose of this course is to emerge with a set of tuned/sharp tools that will allow you to make furniture to a very high standard.

    Students are expected to bring along whatever woodworking tools they may have for evaluation and discussion. Advice will be given on buying new or used tools before or during the course, and various tools and sharpening systems will be available to try and buy.

    £300.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    This course is aimed at the woodworker who has some experience but who wishes ...

  • In-Person Course

    Furniture Making SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

    The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for. If you’re a complete beginner, this will give you the perfect grounding; if you’ve been woodworking for a while, this will be a great tune-up, sorting out any bad habits and reinforcing fundamental skills.

    Everything in Woodwork is based on Sharpening, so this is the initial focus. You MUST have a sharpening system at your fingertips that works for you, we will look at angles, the exotic and not so exotic steels used for blades, high speed grinders, water cooled grinders and bench stones. You will learn a method of sharpening freehand, but you will also learn how to use honing guides – it’s quite OK if freehand honing remains an aspiration for the moment. Western dovetailing and cross-cut saws are great to use, but they also need to be super-sharp, so we’ll look at sharpening these too.

    Planing, Sawing and Chiselling are the three critical elements needed for shaping and jointing bits of wood together, so you will be given some good solid technique and exercises to help you practice and conquer these vital skills. Setting up a plane to take gossamer-thin shavings, planing strategies to deal with misshapen pieces of timber, chopping and paring to a knife line with a chisel and bringing a bit of Zen into sawing to make it a focussed, precise process.

    To see how things are progressing you will prepare and join several pieces of wood together to make a cheese-board, this will give you a chance to get some calm, composed gluing under your belt, adding some tapered chamfers with a wonderful ‘finesse tool’, the spoke-shave, will complete this little project.

    Jointing pieces of wood together is what woodwork is all about, so we’ll cut some Through Dovetails and through, wedged Mortice & Tenons. Cutting a groove and inserting a veneered bottom will complete an elegant ‘Water Biscuit Box’ to perfectly compliment your board.

    £680.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    The Cabinetmaking Skills Week is the course you’ve been waiting for. If you’...

  • In-Person Course

    Make a Hand Sewn Mini-Quilt

    Join textile artist Deborah Manson in this one-day workshop to make a unique 40cms x 40cms sewn patchwork quilt.

    Deborah will begin by talking about her own practice and showing you examples, inspiring you to design your own unique patchwork composition using colour and shape, a selection of Deborah’s naturally dyed fabrics, and your own fabric scraps.

    £110.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Join textile artist Deborah Manson in this one-day workshop to make a unique 40cms ...

  • In-Person Course

    Sewing for Beginners

    This Sewing for Beginners course is an ideal way to get into making your own garments, bags and accessories. In this warm, friendly atmosphere under the expert tuition of Bennet you will learn everything you need to know to get started on a domestic sewing machine.

    £105.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    This Sewing for Beginners course is an ideal way to get into making your ...

  • In-Person Course

    Design & Make Your Own Jewellery

    Join jeweller Laila Smith on this course that will introduce you to the many fundamental skills in jewellery making. Whilst creating beautiful, unique jewellery you will learn about techniques such as forming, shaping, texturing and soldering metal during this 3-week course.

    £195.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Join jeweller Laila Smith on this course that will introduce you to the many ...

  • In-Person Course

    How to Make a Wild Pond

    How to Make a Wildlife Pond.
    Essential Steps to Creating and Planting a Perfect Pond for Wildlife.
    Making a pond is the most important thing you can do to support birds, insects and small mammals in your garden. Even a small pond will be buzzing with life after just a couple of weeks.

    Learn the simple, but essential steps to positioning, planning and planting your new pond.
    In this illustrated talk and workshop, Juliet will explain how to choose the right place for your pond. How to design it correctly and then implement your design. We will also cover how to choose, source and plant a good selection of plants, that will look great and also support the wildlife in your garden.

    Subjects covered:
    The importance of water to wildlife.
    How to position a pond.
    Designing your pond.
    Sourcing the right materials and implementing your design.
    Different types of pond plants.
    Choosing and planting the right plants for your pond.

    Who is the course for?
    Beginners and garden enthusiasts are welcome.
    This course for anyone who would like to support wildlife in their garden by creating a beautiful wildlife pond.
    Venue: Old Barn Nurseries, Worthing Road, Dial Post, Horsham RH13 8NR.

    £75.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : West Sussex

    How to Make a Wildlife Pond. Essential Steps to Creating and Planting a Perfect ...

  • In-Person Course

    Pressed Flower Art for Beginners

    Pressed Flower Art for Beginners.
    Learn to create your own personalised art from flowers that you have harvested and prepared yourself.

    Introduction.
    A relaxing day surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Pitfield Barn Cut Flower Farm. Learn to harvest, prepare flowers for pressing and be inspired to create your own personalised art.
    The workshop will commence with a demonstration, by Wendy, of the art of flower pressing, including how to select and prepare your flowers through the seasons.
    You will choose a variety of fresh flowers from the farm garden, to press in your personal flower press. The press and flowers will be yours to take home at the end of the day.
    We will also work with pre-pressed flowers which we have pressed for you. We will guide you through techniques for mounting and framing your pressed flowers, to make cards and other keepsakes. Venue: Pitfield Barn Cut Flower Farm, Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint.

    £85.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : East Sussex

    Pressed Flower Art for Beginners. Learn to create your own personalised art from flowers ...

  • Studio Health and Safety for potters online course
    Online Course

    Studio Health and Safety for Potters

    This course gives you all the information you need to run your studio safely, and also how to evaluate how much truth there is in some of the health and safety posts on social media and elsewhere.

    £120.00
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    This course gives you all the information you need to run your studio safely, ...

  • Product Safety for Potters online course
    Online Course

    Product Safety for Potters

    This course teaches you all you need to know to make work that is safe for the user. This covers glaze stability and food safety; making work microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer proof; electric lamps and candleholders, and all the other aspects of producing good, safe, functional work.

    £120.00
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    This course teaches you all you need to know to make work that is ...

  • In-Person Course

    Beginner’s Candle Making Course

    10am-3pm with afternoon tea
    Hosted by award-winning founder, Paula Mateo
    In Bexley, Kent, with easy access from London

    Learn to create top quality, fragrant, natural candles you can feel proud to burn in your home or gain enough skills to start a business. Paula, the award-winning founder of Old Bexley Soap Company, a master Chandler with years of experience, is your host and teacher.

    You’ll be in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and leave with two beautiful handmade soy wax candles – one large 30 cl and a smaller 12 cl. We finish with a delicious Afternoon Tea.

    £129.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : Kent

    10am-3pm with afternoon tea Hosted by award-winning founder, Paula Mateo In Bexley, Kent, ...

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