Weekend Woodworking Short Courses

In just two days, learn new skills and techniques that will introduce you to wider possibilities in furniture making and work on a small project to take home with you.

Weekend courses are taught by Maria Del Mar Gomez, of Byron and Gomez, at our fully equipped school workshop.

Maria is a graduate of the Craft Council's Hothouse programme, and in 2016 was touted as 'one to watch' by Wallpaper* magazine. Alongside her business partner, Charles Byron, they have impressed the world of furniture designers with traditionally handcrafted furniture for contemporary interiors. The work of Byron and Gomez has attracted several awards and much recognition from the industry, with one Design Guild Mark and one Bespoke Guild Mark awarded to their designs from the Furniture Makers' Company.  

As well as being a talented maker and designer, Maria has a background in teaching and architecture. Maria also comes from experience of building up and running a successful bespoke furniture business, Byron and Gomez. Maria has a great deal of experience and knowledge to share with our students and we are excited to have her leading weekend courses at the school.You can visit their website at www.byronandgomez.co.uk

More weekend dates and courses are soon to be announced. In the meantime, you can see more about our scheduled weekend courses below:


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To enquire about availability for any of the courses detailed below, please contact us on enquiries@williamsandcleal.co.uk or call on 01984 667555.

Gift vouchers are available for weekend courses. Please contact the office to find out more.

Terms and conditions

Please contact us to check course availability, or to discuss any details further. Should the course you select be full, you will be given the option of joining our waiting list. 

To secure your place, course fees will be requested at the time of booking. Course fees are non refundable unless we are subsequently able to fill your place.

On receipt of your application form and course fees, we will generate and send out to you a welcome letter detailing joining information for your course with us and receipt.

We do not provide accommodation or meals on the course, but we do hold a list of local acoommodation providers and can share this with you on request.

 

Box Making Course

Dates: 9th/10th June 2018      

Hours: Sat 09:30 to 17:00

            Sun 09:30 to 16:00

Cost:   £288 inc vat

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

 

Description: 

In just two days, make a beautiful solid wooden box in our picturesque Somerset workshop. This course will introduce you to the wider skills and techniques needed for fine furniture making and you will learn from our award winning tutors. Techniques and skills covered will include:

 

          Selection, set up and sharpening of hand tools

   •     Accurate marking out and measuring

   •     Successful chiseling, sawing and hand planing

   •     Introduction to routing

   •     Accurate assembly and glue up.

   •     Application of finishes.

 

What's included in the price?

All materials and use of tools

 

Notes:

Please bring your own lunch, drinks and snacks. Tea and coffee provided.

Please bring ear defenders and masks if you have them, otherwise we can supply these items.

You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them, and we will help you set them up and use them for your project.

Accommodation is not included, but we can send you information about local accommodation providers should you wish.

Gift vouchers can be supplied for this course. 

Please email for more information - enquiries@williamsandcleal.co.uk


Veneering Course

Dates:14th/15th July 2018      

Hours: Sat 09:30 to 17:00

            Sun 09:30 to 16:00

Cost:   £288 inc vat

Level:  Beginner and Intermediate

 

Description: 

Enjoy the freedom to create your own simple designs with marquetry and parquetry on this two day veneering course. Learn about the advantages of working with veneer and the opportunities that it offers.

During your two days with us, you will make a veneered tray. Choose from our stock of veneer in varying colours, grains and species.

As well as making your own tray to take away with you, you will learn:

 

   •     Selecting veneer, book matching, slip matching

   •     Various methods of pressing and jointing veneer

   •     Vacuum press principles, types of press and use of equipment

   •     Sand Scorching techniques

   •     Suitable use and application of adhesives

 

What's included in the price?

All materials and use of tools

 

Notes:

Please bring your own lunch, drinks and snacks. Tea and coffee provided.

Please bring ear defenders and masks if you have them, otherwise we can supply.

You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them, and we will help you set them up and use them for your project.

Accommodation is not included, but we can send you information about local accommodation providers should you wish.

 

Gift vouchers can be supplied for this course. 

Please email for more information - enquiries@williamsandcleal.co.uk


Make a Bench Stool

Dates:1st/2nd September  2018

Hours: Sat 09:30 to 17:00

            Sun 09:30 to 16:00

Cost:   £310 inc vat

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

 

Description: 

Master essential furniture making techniques and skills by crafting a beautiful solid wood bench stool in just two days. Our tutor, Maria Del Mar Gomez will guide you through, demonstrating the skills needed to craft and assemble this functional and useful item of furniture.

As well as making your own bench to take away with you, you will learn:

 

   •     Timber selection, identification and preparation

   •     Selection set up and sharpening of hand tools

   •     Techniques to achieve successful chiseling and planing

   •     Accurate measuring and marking out joint work

   •     Understanding basic workshop drawings

   •     Understanding basic joints

   •     Accurate assembly and glue up

   •     Hand Finishing

 

What's included in the price?

All materials and use of tools

 

Notes:

Please bring your own lunch, drinks and snacks. Tea and coffee provided.

Please bring ear defenders and masks if you have them, otherwise we can supply.

You are welcome to bring your own tools if you have them, and we will help you set them up and use them for your project.

Accommodation is not included, but we can send you information about local accommodation providers should you wish.

 

Gift vouchers can be supplied for this course. 

Please email for more information - enquiries@williamsandcleal.co.uk

 

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