Furniture Making School

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Phoebe Everill’s Furniture Making School holds a range of courses and classes suitable for everyone.

Classes at Drummond

Absolute beginners through to advanced… we provide a flexible and personalised approach to woodworking set in a spectacular location.

Located in Drummond, halfway between Daylesford and Kyneton. Classes feature:

  • Fortnightly Classes
    Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9-4pm;
  • Small class size (max 5 students)
  • Fully equipped machine room
  • All tools supplied

Teaching at Drummond

Fortnightly classes are available at Drummond. All fortnightly classes occur every month, in most months they are the 1st and 3rd week aside from the dates listed under the Teaching at Sturt School for Wood section.

To ensure a smooth transition into fortnightly classes it is advisable that new students have completed one to the intensives. This gives me an opportunity to make sure your OH&S and machine training has been thoroughly covered.

GREAT NEWS!
Carol Russell is coming to Drummond in August/September.
She will be running two courses – one on Cup Carving, and a second on carving spoons and small animals.
The Cup Carving course will be run twice… on 21st – 22nd August 2021, and on 4th – 5th September 2021. Details here.
The Spoon & Small Animals Carving course will be run 3 times… on 24th and 25th of August 2021, on 28th and 29th of August 2021, and on 31st August and 1st September 2021. Details here.

 

We are booking up quickly for our 2021 Intensive dates! Check the list below, and get in quick to register for these!

2021 INTENSIVE CLASS DATES:

February 22nd – 26th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
March 22nd – 26th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
April 12th – 16th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
May 24th – 28th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
June 7th – 11th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
July 5th – 9th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
July 19th – 23rd 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
September 27th – October 1st 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
October 18th – 22nd 2021 Register
November 15th – 19th 2021 Register
December 7 Day Intensive – 10th, 11th, 13th-17th December 2021
New 7 day course to make a tool cabinet ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT! Register Now!

 

See below list for project options. This is an opportunity to have intensive machine training, only 4 people for a 5 day period (9 – 4pm) and leave with a tool cabinet, workbench, coffee table, stool, 5 x jigs or discuss your own project with me.

Full fact sheets for all options including material costs are available upon request.

Project Based Tuition (Max 4 students)

Class Duration Skill Level
Solid wood workbench 5 days Beg/Int
Basic Shave Horse 3 days Beg
Shave Horse with additions 5 days Beg/Int
Tool Making Kit – HNT Gordon plane, Windsor Workshop Spokeshave, Krenov-style Smoother, Hock Blade Set & Mallet 5 days Beg/Int
Tool Cabinet 7 days Int/Adv
Table with drawer 6 days Int/Adv
Table (no drawer) 5 days Beg/Int
Stools (3 designs to choose from) 5 days Beg/Int

See contact page & email me for more details of courses.

Fees and Payments

Deposits
A deposit is required to confirm a place in a 5 day intensive course. The deposit is taken off the total course fee.
The deposit is refundable when more than 7 days notice prior to commencement of course is given. Notice is required via email.

Course fees
Course fees are due one week prior to commencement of course.
An invoice will be issued once deposit is paid.
Once course fees are paid, they are not refundable.
If course fees are not paid by due date, a position will be offered to a person on the waiting list.

 

 


carol russell cup carving

Cup Carving with Carol Russell

It’s enormously rewarding to sit and drink a cup of tea or coffee from a vessel you’ve carved yourself. In this 2-day class you’ll design and carve a small handled cup from white beech using hand tools only.

Carving small objects is a very meditate process, the slower process of using hand tools allows you the time to really understand the relationship between the timber, the tools and the form.

  • Design and function
  • Choosing the right timber and cutting blanks
  • Tool choice, sharpening and maintenance
  • Carving techniques
  • Texturing and detailing
  • Food safe finishing, including painted surfaces using milk paint, chalk paint and natural pigments, shellac and waxes and Shou sugi ban (charring and brushing the surface)

Please bring with you:

  • Bring your own PPE (dust mask, eye and ear protection, closed shoes)
  • A notebook, paper, pencil and eraser

The course runs each day from 9am – 4pm over 2 days. We will be running this course twice – in August 2021, and again in September 2021.

There will be 8 people in the class

Cost:
$475 inc. GST. All materials provided. Lunch provided. Tea, coffee available.

Dates:
21st – 22nd August 2021
4th – 5th September 2021

Bookings:
BOOKED OUT! Amazing demand for these carving courses has seen them booked out but you can submit your details to join the Waitlist and we will notify you if a position becomes available.

 

 


Carving with Carol Russell – Spoons and Small Animals

The first day is a full day Spoon Carving Workshop
As a craft, spoon carving presents you with a very interesting set of problem-solving exercises that can really challenge you. Carved spoons range from being totally functional objects to being beautiful small abstract forms. Carving them is a great way to really get into the material and understand the properties of wood.
It’s both a companionable craft and an individual pursuit, taking you off into a wonderful zone of creative contentment.
Carol will take you through her processes for making spoons from seasoned timber.
As well as clean unmarked timber, we’ll also look at using natural elements in the wood such as bark, knots and weathered surfaces as well as driftwood.

The second day is a full day animal and bird whittling class.
Explore the gentle, meditative art of whittling by learning to carve bird and animal forms. The emphasis of this class is to learn to create a small three-dimensional sculpture hand held using only a knife.
Learn to make objects that are recognisable, abstract in form and can be help in the hand. You will be encouraged to play with shapes without being bound by functionality.
The timber sued for whittling these little sculptures is very much part of the story, the form can be influenced by the grain. We’ll work with a variety of beautiful Australian timber. In the class you will be provided with a variety of animal blanks.

The course will cover:
Timber selection and design, how do you bring your own style to the craft?
Tool selection, maintenance and sharpening.
Carving and whittling techniques and finishing using milk paint, natural pigments, oils and charring.
Carving detail into the handles of spoons such as spirals, leaves, finials

Please bring with you:

  • Bring your own PPE (dust mask, eye and ear protection, closed shoes)
  • A notebook, paper, pencil and eraser

The course runs each day from 9am – 4pm over 2 days. We will be running this course three times in August and September 2021.

There will be 8 people in the class

Cost:
$475 inc. GST. All materials provided. Lunch provided. Tea, coffee available.

Dates:
24th and 25th of August 2021
28th and 29th of August 2021
31st August and 1st September 2021

Bookings:
BOOKED OUT! Amazing demand for these carving courses has seen them booked out but you can submit your details to join the Waitlist and we will notify you if a position becomes available.