Thursday 24 February 2022

Courses for 2022 available to book

I have 9 course available this year please see my website for details of how to book. 

A Scandinavian 'add on' shoulder vice. Ideal for dovetailing with no guide bars and a lot easier and quicker to use than a Moxon vice. 6th and 7th August 2022 £290

A curved dovetail box with a tilt top lid. A challenging piece but good fun! May 21st and 22nd 2022 £250

Box with a piston fit drawer, a very challenging project with tiny through wedged tenons and 50 dovetails. 14th-16th October 2022 £450

An angled dovetail box with a lift off lid. A big step up from square dovetails but still can be made with my magnetic guides. 10th and 11th December £250

Make a wooden jack plane. An enjoyable project in which you will make a fine Krenov style hand plane with a superb Hock plane blade and chip breaker. 13th and 14th November 2022 £260

By popular request my toolbox with a piston fit tray and soft close lid, lots of techniques and lots of dovetails, an intense three days. 8th-10th July £480

Making a wooden footstool. This may look simple but with six angled through wedged tenons and lots of angles and curves, it's a real test of accuracy and skill. I have some lovely brown oak for this project. 3rd-4th September £240

Hand cut dovetails made easy. This is my introductory 2 day course to the world of dovetailing, sharp tools and accuracy. It is preceded by a sharpening day which is optional and can be booked separately. 11th-12th June £250. Sharpening made easy 10th June 2022 £120.


Friday 1 October 2021

Space available on my Tool Box Course

A space has unexpectedly become available on my forthcoming tool chest course on 29th to 31st October (3 days). I ran this tool chest course back in 2015 and produced a YouTube video showing the piston fit tray and soft close lid. I have condensed this course into 3 days so it will be quite intense with plenty of dovetailing. Cost £470 inc vat and all prepared parts. Please email me if you are interested


Monday 27 September 2021

The four day jewellery box course is finished and everyone did very well. 

The boxes were fully lined with a piston fit tray, sitting on a brown oak stand.

Everyone chose a different coloured pig suede for their lining, all lovely in their own way.

A tiring but rewarding course  with four very skilled woodworkers.


Monday 15 March 2021


I've planned 7 courses for later in the year with some nice projects and plenty of skills and techniques. Full details of all the courses can be found on my website

The dovetail box is a 2 day course preceded by a 1 day sharpening course (optional). You will learn how to cut perfect dovetails straight from the saw as well as plenty of use on the shooting board.

The mitred corner jewellery box is a challenging project that will teach you how to create gap free mitres, a piston fit tray and soft close lid. You will also line the box in pig suede and make a stand.

A 2 day course making a very useful Krenov style wooden hand plane, fitted with a Ron Hock blade and chip breaker. 

Another challenging project is this lovely angled dovetailed chest. You will learn how to cut perfect compound angled dovetails by hand as well as cutting bridle joints on the lid.

I ran this tool chest course back in 2015 and produced a YouTube video showing the piston fit tray and soft close lid. I have condensed this course into 3 days so it will be quite intense with plenty of dovetailing.

This lovely little box has angled dovetail sides and a nice curved lift off lid. For anyone who has attended my course Hand Cut Dovetail Made Easy, this wold be a great next project. As mentioned full details are now available on my website


Saturday 6 March 2021


I've been working on this Alan Peters inspired chest, on and off, for nearly a year now. It's made from elm which came from from Alans workshop and was purchased from his wife after his sad passing. The drawer fronts are burr elm which I band sawed to a thickness of 2 mm, this enabled me to match the grain making good use of the precious board. I turned through dovetails in to half blind and is a technique I have often used.

With the chest complete I'll be able to concentrate on preparing for a range of courses in the Autumn. I will release the detail and dates in the next week or so. 


Monday 24 August 2020

Very Nice Sjobergs Bench on E Bay now.


Browsing E Bay I came across this advert for a Sjobergs bench which looks in excellent condition. It has a  proper face vice which is ideal for dovetailing as well as the best type of end vice. At 5' long it is a good usable size without taking up too much room. It's located in Brighton 

Monday 17 August 2020

Article in Latest Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

The latest issue of F&C has just arrived with a very dramatic cover.

Near the back it includes my latest article making a storage box for my matching pair of Skelton dovetail saws.