“For me to have come on the course with no skills at all and to have left with that beautiful table still astounds me”

Chris Tribe Woodworking & Furniture Making Courses

Thanks for visiting my website, where you can choose a woodworking or furniture making course to suit your level of skill and experience.  I offer a wide range of courses, designed to meet the needs of everyone from the complete novice who wants to learn the basics, to the experienced furniture maker who is interested in advanced techniques.  Whichever you are,  hopefully you will find something that will meet your needs and extend your skills.

The courses all take place at my well- equipped workshop in the Cornmill near the centre of Ilkley.  The workshop is adjacent to Ilkley railway station and there are plenty of accommodation and ‘eating out’ options for those from afar – I regularly have students from as far away as Kent and Scotland.

The courses tend to get booked up well in advance, so please don’t leave it until the last minute. If you’re not sure which course will best suit your needs, just get in touch and I will be happy to advise you. 

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“The 4 day beginner furniture course was an amazing experience”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and as an introduction to what I now know will be a very rewarding hobby it was perfect.”

Beginners Furniture Making & Woodworking

If you’re new to woodwork, why not join me and three other students to embark on a journey into furniture making  on my four day beginners course. The first day is devoted to tool sharpening and maintenance, skills that are fundamental to successful woodworking.  The next day we work with our newly sharpened tools, sawing, planing and jointing by hand. In the last two days you will put your new furniture making skills to use to make an oak side table, using both hand and machine techniques.

If you can’t spare four days in a row, you can acquire the same skills over two separate weekends, on my tool sharpening and maintenance weekend and my basic jointing weekend.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and have come away enthused and encouraged that I can produce better work. Thank you for your time and patience.”

Experienced & Advanced Furniture Making & Woodworking

If you already have some woodworking knowledge and experience, the improvers or advanced courses may suit you better.  On my most popular improvers courses you can make your own workbench or develop your router skills; on the advanced courses you can learn skills such as veneering and laminating or drawer fitting and dovetailing.

“The week in your workshop easily spanned a good 4-6 months of my normal progress… the format was a great way for me to learn”

Let me help you with your own project or a new technique

 There’s nothing quite so  satisfying as having a beautiful piece of furniture in your home that you’ve made yourself.  Sometimes all that stands in your way is not quite having the knowledge, the machinery or the confidence to go for it.  That’s why my Special Tuition days are so popular – they provide the opportunity for you to spend as many days as you need with me in the workshop, working on the specific project you have in mind.