Experience the journey of basic furniture making starting with how a tree grows to learning the skills to make your own product. Learn how to care for your tools and use them properly, make basic joints, and leave having made your own stool or small bench.

Day 1
Introduction to woodlands and trees.
Different types of timber and their uses.
Introduction to timber technology & cell structure.
Health & safety in the workshop.
Learn how to measure, mark and cut accurately.
Make a bench hook.

Day 2
Learn halving joints.
Make bridle joints.
Learn safe sharpening and maintenance of tools.

Day 3
Techniques of mortice and tenon joints.
Learn about planes and planing techniques.
Select timber for stool or table.

Day 4
Mark and cut your timber to size.
Mark out and begin making product including fitting wedges and dowels.

Day 5
Complete product to take home.


Please feel free to bring your own tools if you wish 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 leaners aged 12 and upwards. No previous experience of woodwork is required - just a willingness to learn.

Course Leader: Ruth Thomson

Since 1986 Ruth has been working with wood as a Carpenter/Joiner and Furniture Maker.

Ruth believes that wood is a material that is sympathetic to its environment and this forms the basis on which products are designed and built. This precious material is sourced from trees that are unique in themselves.

For the last five years Ruth has been teaching woodworking skills at The Goodlife Centre in London. Her teaching style encourages individuals to learn through hands on experience; "I find that crafts are best learnt through a personal relationship to the skill being developed". Ruth is enthusiastic about passing on these skills and work on the understanding that learning a practical skill creates a lot of satisfaction.

The basic skills are just the start of a journey that can lead into many different directions, wherever that bug takes you.


Course times: 9:30am - 4:30pm everyday.
This is a non-residential course.
Includes a delicious seasonal lunch each day.