If you have a sound understanding of furniture construction and
good practical skills, extend your practice by working on a piece
of furniture of your own design. Plans for a suitable project are
drawn with the tutor in advance, to maximise making time during the
course. Ideally suited to those who have attended several furniture
making courses at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.
The tutor can assist with the design and construction issues you may have. Guidance is given in developing design ideas appropriate to your abilities and within the context of the course. The course is workshop based throughout and the tutor gives one-to-one tuition and guidance at the bench. You are expected to study and acquaint yourself with every aspect of your project beforehand, to enable you to start making when the course begins
It is ideally suited to those who have attended several furniture making courses at West Dean College, or have attained advanced woodworking skills elsewhere. If you are new to the course, you need to liaise with the tutor well in advance to discuss your ideas and plan your work programme according to your skills and experience before the course.
Due to the many variables, it is unlikely that you will finish your project over the five days. So you need to be prepared to complete your projects at home or return to a subsequent course to complete your project - these are currently programmed twice a year.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
To comply with Health and Safety Regulations, sawshop machinery will only be used by the tutor and the wood machinist. There may be an opportunity for demonstration as appropriate, again on a one-to-one basis, if time allows.