Course Description
Learn the basics of Do-It-Yourself at this one-day workshop with in the Trill Farm Carpentry Workshop.

Perfect for beginners for all those annoying jobs around the house that you feel you should be able to tackle... if only you knew how. We know it's frustrating to wait for jobs to be done, and how much tradespeople can charge for them! And we understand it can be a bit daunting to head for a wall with a power drill.

This is an enjoyable hands on workshop that covers many of the common aspects of basic DIY. If you have just bought your home and have realised it didn’t include a landlord to fix stuff, or just don't want to rely on someone else - this day is for you. There is plenty of time to practice a range of tasks over the day.

Pick up the skills to:

  • Hang curtains, blinds and simple shelves on any wall.
  • Learn to drill into wood, brick or hollow walls with confidence. We will show you how to judge what is behind the walls before you drill.
  • Hang pictures and heavier objects like mirrors, cupboards and flat screen TVs.
  • Fill small and medium holes in wood and walls.
  • Remove old wall fixings and what to do with the ones you can’t.
  • You will learn by hanging a simple hook, fixing a baton and then putting up a pair of simple shelf brackets. Learn how to select the correct drill bit, wall fixing and screw to secure things confidently. 

There will be plenty of tools to try and advice on which ones to have in a basic toolkit. If you are thinking of buying a drill, you can test all of the ones we use to help you decide which one you want to buy.

This course is especially suitable if you're not handy, or if you are able but not very confident about tackling small but important tasks in your home. We will also suggest how to tell if a task is appropriate for DIY or GSI (Get Someone In).

You will take home a set of skills that will last a lifetime. All tools and materials included as well as a delicious organic lunch. Perfect for beginners.  

Please feel free to bring your own tools if you wish, particularly your own drill otherwise all equipment will be provided in the Trill Farm Carpentry Workshop. Materials will be provided taken from the Trill Farm woodland areas. 

Please dress appropriately for working within a workshop environment including close-toed shoes, feel free bring your own apron too if you wish.

This course is suitable for learners aged 12 and upwards. No previous experience of working in a workshop is required - just a willingness to learn.

Course Leader

Graham Jones is our resident wood worker here at Trill Farm. He started his wood working career as a wooden patternmaking apprentice. He worked for 12 years as a self-employed woodworker and taught part time in Tyne and Weir through the heritage skills initiative amongst many other masters of their crafts.


Course times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Includes a delicious seasonal organic lunch