Centre for Fine Woodworking - Beginners Intensive

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school





4th June – 27th July 2018 (FULL)
Tutor: Thorkild Hansen

8th October – 30th November 2018
Tutor: Brian Reid

Course Fee: $7200 (including an allocation of $350 for materials)

The Beginners Intensive Programme establishes a very solid skill base for all aspiring woodworkers and provides the core foundation skills for future fine furniture making and woodworking. No prior experience is necessary, although this course will also be of great benefit in developing the skills and accuracy of those students who have already done some woodworking.

The course content is all practical teaching and learning, with the full eight weeks being spent here at your own personal bench with your own toolkit (with tools only befitting that of a serious woodworker). Students quickly gain skills due to the small class size and individual attention from the tutor.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to chisels, handplanes & saws
  • Tuning, sharpening & use of hand tools
  • Introduction to hand & machine cut joinery
  • Best practice and safety in the machine room
  • Understanding the basics of cabinet making.
  • How to construct a well–made cabinet, fitting doors, drawers & hinges.
  • Understanding adhesives & appropriate use
  • Understanding hand applied finishes
  • Basic practices in veneering, coopering, shaping

Both Thorkild & Brian’s courses will teach you the foundation skills for fine woodworking with the programme covering a lot of ground in a short space of time.

Both courses offer different projects from each other – we are offering it twice each year now as this class is always fully enrolled early on – please get in touch for further information on specific course content.



Enrolling on a course

To enrol on a course or workshop - please complete the form below. As the maximum number of students we have in any class is eight, some of our courses fill up quickly so please check with us first if there is a space available - we wouldn't want you to be disappointed.

To secure a place we require a non-refundable deposit of $350 and once this is received we will confirm your enrolment. The balance of the course fee is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

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Beginners Intensive
Steam bending

Beginners Intensive
Beginners Intensive with Thorkild Hansen

Beginners Intensive
Adhesives and appropriate use with Brian Reid

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Master Classes

Master Classes are frequently available to assist students to move from project–based courses into opportunities for designing and creating their own work and developing complex skills.

With Michael Fortune

Master Classes – The Linguini Stool

Master Classes – Embellishing your work

Master Classes – Photographing your own work

Artist in Residence – Michael Fortune