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.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR 2022 CLASSES
We have opened expressions of interest for classes to be held in 2022. This includes carving courses to be held with Carol Russell, as well as Phoebe’s intensive 5 day courses. Please express your interest in these 2022 classes by filling in your details here.

 

Our 2021 Intensive dates are booked! We do have a waitlist though so if you are interested, please still sign up to the waitlist and we will see if we can accommodate you. We are also gauging interest for 2022 classes, so please fill in your details here so we can keep you in the loop!

2021 INTENSIVE CLASS DATES:

September 27th – October 1st 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
October 18th – 22nd 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
November 15th – 19th 2021 CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist
December 7 Day Intensive – 10th, 11th, 13th-17th December 2021
New 7 day course to make a tool cabinet CLASS FULL! Submit your details to join the Waitlist

 

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

Unfortunately due to the current COVID restrictions in Victoria, we have had to postpone Carol’s carving courses for 2021. We are taking expressions of interest for these courses for 2022 – we strongly encourage everyone to register their interest so we can advise when these courses will run next. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE »

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)
  • All materials provided. Lunch provided. Tea, coffee available.

Cost:
To be announced

Dates:
To be announced

Bookings:
We have previously had amazing demand for these carving courses, so please register your interest if you would like to be notified when we have dates organised for the next class.
REGISTER INTEREST »

 

 


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

All materials provided. Lunch provided. Tea, coffee available.

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.

There will be 8 people in the class

Cost:
To be announced

Dates:
To be announced

Bookings:
We have previously had amazing demand for these carving courses, so please register your interest if you would like to be notified when we have dates organised for the next class.
REGISTER INTEREST »