Short Courses

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

Short Courses

The following woodworking short courses will be running this year. Click through for more details and to register.
INTENSIVE & FORTNIGHTLY CLASSES Phoebe also runs regular classes at her Furniture Making School – for details, check the main furniture making school page here.
 

Tool Making for Intermediate/Advanced Students

A 2 day course making your own spokeshave.

The spokeshave is based on the Windsor Workshop design using a Ron Hock Blade.

To enrol in this course, you will need to provide evidence of skills using a bandsaw and overhead drill.

You will make the spokeshave over 2 days and spend time becoming familiar with using your new shave and how to sharpen the blade.

You will gain experience in creating chair components and general shaping with your own shave.

Lunch is provided with this course.

Tea & Coffee provided.

Maximum of 6 people in the class.

Level:
Intermediate / Advanced

Please bring with you:
Bring your own PPE (dust mask, eye and ear protection, closed shoes)

Cost:
$600 inc. GST

Dates:
4th – 5th July 2022

Bookings:
Please register your interest here to attend this course.
REGISTER INTEREST »

learn how to make a spokeshave

Tool Making Beginner Course

This is a 2-day course with a maximum of 6 people in the class.

You will make your own HNT Gordon block plane and a small timber mallet.
The mallet is essential for adjusting planes.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the lathe turning a knob, the opportunity to use a bandsaw and an overhead drill. You will learn sharpening and shaping skills

At the conclusion of the 2 days, you will take home a finishing kit to complete the tools at home.

Classes start at 9am and conclude at 4pm.

There will be a half hour lunch break from 12:30 – 1pm.

Please bring your own lunch.

Morning and afternoon tea is provided.

Level:
Beginner

Please bring with you:
Bring your own PPE (dust mask, eye and ear protection, closed shoes)
A notebook, pencil and eraser
Lunch

Cost:
$600 inc. GST

Dates:
30th – 31st May 2022 (CLASS FULL!)

Bookings:
This class is now full, however you can register your interest to join the waitlist so we can let you know if a position becomes available.
JOIN WAITLIST »

beginner tool making course

Tool Sharpening Workshop

The Art of Sharpening

Keeping chisels and plane blades really sharp is absolutely essential for achieving excellent results in your work.

Woodworking is also far more enjoyable and easier when your tools are really sharp.

The workshop will provide you with a very comprehensive sharpening class.
You will learn the fundamentals of tuning and sharpening a hand plane, sharpening chisels and using a variety of sharpening methods.

Bring along your own plane blade and at least one chisel.

There will be 6 people in the class

The course runs from 9am – 4pm.

There will be a half hour lunch break from 12:30 – 1pm.
Please bring your own lunch.
Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Level:
All levels

Please bring with you:
Bring your own PPE (dust mask, eye and ear protection, closed shoes)
A notebook, pencil and eraser
Lunch

Cost:
$220 inc. GST

Dates:
Monday 14th March 2022 (CLASS FULL!)
Wednesday 16th November 2022 (CLASS FULL!)

Bookings:
These classes are now full, however you can register your interest to join the waitlist so we can let you know if a position becomes available.
JOIN WAITLIST »

tool sharpening course

Make Your Own Shave Horse

3 Day Course

This is an opportunity to make a shave horse that is completely personalized to your needs.
The shave horse is a traditional workbench where the user “holds” the work piece by applying pressure with their feet, leaving both hands free to hold the tools. Plenty of hand tool work with this one!

This is an opportunity to make a shave horse that is completely personalized to your needs.

The shave horse is a traditional workbench where the user “holds” the work piece by applying pressure with their feet, leaving both hands free to hold the tools.  Plenty of hand tool work with this one!

The course will cover:

  • Sharpening
  • Overhead drill
  • Using a variety of hand and static hand tools
  • Timber selection – how to choose the right timber.

Please bring with you:

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

All materials provided. 

The course runs each day from 9am – 4pm over 3 days.

There will be 6 people in the class.

Cost:
$725 inc. GST

Dates:
5th, 6th and 7th of September 2022

Bookings:
Please register your interest here to attend this course.
REGISTER INTEREST »

make a shave horse

Cup Carving with Carol Russell

These fabulous carving classes are back for 2022. We are now taking registrations for two different dates in August 2022. Each class runs for 2 days.
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:
$550 inc. GST

Dates:
10th – 11th August 2022 (CLASS FULL!)
20th – 21st August 2022

Bookings:
We have previously had amazing demand for these carving courses, so please register quickly!
REGISTER »

carol russell cup carving

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:
$550 inc. GST

Dates:
13th – 14th August 2022 (CLASS FULL!)
16th – 17th August 2022 (CLASS FULL!)
25th – 26th August 2022 (CLASS FULL!)

Bookings:
These classes are now full, however you can register your interest to join the waitlist so we can let you know if a position becomes available.
JOIN WAITLIST »

carol carving spoons animals