The courses take the form of individual tuition and are designed and developed to meet the particular interests of the student.
Although I hope that students will enjoy their time on courses with me, they should note that the work tends to be intensive and requires mental and physical stamina, particularly during the first few days.
My method of instruction involves demonstrating techniques, explaining theoretical ideas and closely observing practise work on the part of the student. I emphasize the importance of correct preparation and use of tools and machinery, the application of good design principles and the use of appropriate materials.
I encourage students to strive for an understanding of working principles before being concerned about productivity. Understanding is gained through the combination of theoretical study and practical experience whilst productivity in craft work depends on a mastery of technique which in turn is gained through the development of dexterity and discipline.
I support the use of traditional methods of work but take a keen interest in the development of tools, machinery and materials technology.
Main course options
Cabinetmaking and joinery Design and construction of furniture and other joined articles in natural timbers and man-made materials.
Furniture restoration Structural and surface repairs to solid and veneered wooden furniture.
Wood turning Traditional between-centres and face-plate turning. See Lathe for further details.
Metalworking Manufacture of simple mechanical devices, small tools and sheet metalwork.
Design Construction design draughting using hand draughting systems and/or computer aided draughting software running on IBM compatible personal computers (principally FastCad from Evolution Computing).
Letter cutting Techniques for laying out and cutting letters into wood surfaces using hand carving tools.
Computing Using IBM compatible personal computers.
This covers the use of everyday programs such as word processors, spreadsheets and browsers, the slightly more exotic such as CAD programs and text editors, and the really interesting: program development using the C++ programming language (see also on this site:
Workshop premises & equipment
The workshop may have been a dairy originally. It is built of red brick with a slate roof. The main room has a floor area of 43 square metres (463 sq ft) with good natural and artificial lighting. The selection and layout of tools and equipment are designed to suit my own needs but the facilities are adequate for up to three students under instruction. The greater part of my work is done using simple hand tools but woodworking machinery and powered hand tools are used in applications for which they offer improved efficiency.
Views of the workshop (Click on each image to see an enlargement.)
The north end
The south end
The workshop is situated in the heart of the East Hampshire Hangers; part of an 'area of outstanding natural beauty'. The travelling time from central London is about one and a half hours.
We can accommodate visitors in the The Woodshed here at Home Farm, but there is also a good selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the local area.
Other places of interest
There are many other places of interest in this region, e.g. 'Historic Portsmouth' (including the Mary Rose Museum). The Petersfield Tourist Information Centre (located in the public Library) is a good place to start exploring further.
My wife and I provide simple meals at no extra charge.
If you are interested in booking a course of personal tuition, please let me know your requirements and outline your experience in the particular field/s of work concerned, see Contact Information
You will be asked to complete a Form of Enrolment which is available on-line or in downloadable form for printing; it records your contact information and includes an important safety notice.
Tuition fees & timings
The basic charge is £130 (one hundred and thirty GBP) per day or £25 (twentyfive GBP) per hour for periods of less than a day, payable in advance or at the beginning of each session. The cost of any valuable materials used may be charged extra (practise work is normally done using offcuts).
Courses run on weekdays from 9:30am to 5:00pm with lunch break from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.