“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. I have now started teaching some beginners courses in the new teaching unit at British Hardwoods near Skipton.

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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“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and as an introduction to what I now know will be a very rewarding hobby it was perfect.”
woodwork and furniture making course in action

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.

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“The 4 day beginner furniture course was an amazing experience”

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.

“I used my shooting board this morning and when I measured the resulting surface, it was dead on square…  this was a skill you taught me.
Since spending a couple of days under your watchful eye my tools are usually razor sharp, my joints much more carefully marked out and the resultant work much better than I was used to turning out.”
furniture making instruction
“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.”

Supporting our adopted charity

The poverty ridden slums of Kampala in Uganda is the location for a carpentry training centre for young people trying to survive there. The centre is run by Kids Club Kampala, our adopted charity.

Learn more here

Carpentry students in Kampala Uganda