Beginners Carpentry

An introduction to woodworking.

Experience the journey of basic carpentry, starting with how a tree grows to learning the skills to create a piece of furniture.

Learn how to care for your tools and use them properly, make basic joints, and learn to make a stool or table.

This course is for beginners and anyone that wants to enjoy learning new and very useful skills.

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
  • 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

  • Cut timber to size
  • Mark out and begin making stool or table
  • Wedges and dowels

Day 5

  • Complete stool or table to take home

Course Tutor: Ruth Thomson
Since 1986 I have been working with wood as a Carpenter / Joiner and Furniture Maker.

Wood to me 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 I have been teaching woodworking skills at The Goodlife Centre in London. My 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. I am 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, whereever that bug takes you!