Fine Furniture Making Courses

students making furniture at Rowden

Our tutors offer a combined 100 years of experience at the developmental edge of furniture design & making We accept students of all ages and abilities

Expertly Delivered Furniture Making Courses for Enthusiasts of all Abilities

Fine furniture making is a trade that relies on time and effort, utilising both hand and eye to create great pieces of work from wood. Unfortunately it’s a skill set which is fading from contemporary society, replaced by the quick and simple “joys” of flat pack furniture.

What sets us apart on our furniture making courses is that we have a desire to pass on these great traditional skills of the Arts and Crafts movement, keeping the art of fine furniture making alive.

The Founder – David Savage

David has been teaching creative individuals furniture design and making since 1984. Though David is now largely retired, he still comes to the workshops to mentor students. His teaching methods and ethos developed from the Arts and Craft Movement all remain vibrant at Rowden, and set us apart from other schools.

Right now, there is a revolution in furniture making courses created by the closure of many state-run colleges. Our workshop has led the way and been the model for many of the private furniture making courses available to you today. Rowden Atelier is recognised as a Centre of Furniture Making Excellence that produces exceptional furniture and trains exceptional woodworkers. With our range of specialist courses, you could be one of them.

highly skilled piece, created by our student

The Short Courses

Weekend
furniture making workshop course FOR YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE OF FURNITURE DESIGN, DO IT RIGHT

The first time you try your hand at the ancient craft of woodworking, you want to do it right. Learn furniture making basics with hand tools to a professional standard on a weekend course at Rowden Atelier. Ed Wild runs weekend furniture building courses for everyone from beginners who want to have some fun experimenting behind the bench, to those who are looking to develop specific skills as a furniture designer / maker. Classes include box making and tool handling, but to a certain extent the content can be bespoke - you tell us what you'd like to learn.

One week
furniture making short course A WEEK-LONG INAUGURATION INTO FURNITURE MAKING

Dip your toes in the world of furniture design and making with our week-long courses, and by the end of the week, you'll be swimming. During these intensive, week-long courses, you will benefit from the guidance of our expert furniture makers, learning the basic principles of woodwork and cabinet making to professional standards. Hone your technique with our classes and create beautiful, accurate work with our expertise at your disposal.

One month
furniture making course HONE REAL CRAFTMANSHIP IN FURNITURE MAKING

Thinking about transitioning into serious furniture making, but don't have half a year or more to spare? Our one-month fine woodworking courses are perfect for those who are looking to move towards professional furniture making or cabinet making, but can’t find the time to commit to a longer course. Here, our classes will intricately teach you all of the basics, the same as you would for our three, six and twelve-month courses, with projects specially-created for both beginners and the more experienced. This will truly bring your crafting skills up to the high level of accuracy needed within the industry.

The Long Courses

Six month
furniture making course A FULL INITIATION INTO THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL FURNITURE DESIGN

During an intensive six-month furniture making course, not only will you learn all of the basics such as the different tools you will be using but also get a chance to try some of our more advanced projects. These will include how to draw up a big project such as a workbench, and French Polish your own jewellery box. You will also learn how to draw and can take part in our design courses, an invaluable part of the making process.

Twelve month
designer-maker course FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIVES

This is for the serious amongst you. Those of you who are ready to make a change in your life. To really surround themselves with furniture makers and designers for a whole year. Not only do you get to learn some great traditional skills but also drawing, the beginnings of design and how to run a woodworking business successfully. This intense workshop training gives you a good foundation to make your own way to become a furniture maker.

Expert help at hand...
We are proud of our professional team of tutors and mentors here at Rowden

More than 35 years of experience, ready to help you learn

Exceptional students of all ages

Our joy and challenge is dealing with demanding people wanting to squeeze the last drop of information out of their time here. Wanting to get six months information from a one month woodworking course. As sources of information, we like to be squeezed, but we suggest that quality should be the aim whilst you are here.

Our full-time staff are Daren Millman and Jon Greenwood, both skilled makers and very patient teachers. Ed Wild, a national award-winning furniture maker is here every other day whilst running his own furniture making business.

Jonathan Walters, from Bark Furniture, is here once a week teaching business skills, and comes in for another week every month. David Savage is retired from work, but still runs a design tutorial on Mondays for those developing their first designs.

Doing this since 1984

Sooooo….. we are starting to get the hang of it. Between us we have over ONE HUNDRED YEARS EXPERIENCE in this business.

Exhibition Quality

Quality is what we do, YOU will do it too, from day one. We will teach you all stages from choosing hand tools, to picking out wood, to developing your drawings, and building a portfolio of work. There are lots of furniture making schools, courses, and magazines that are great for showing you an amateur way of getting a good result. An amateur has no excuse for poor work other than lack of understanding, the amateur has all day to get it right, the professional has not. They must do it right, first time, every day.

Furniture Making Course Price List

We offer a range of furniture building courses and classes to suit all abilities and availabilities:

  • 12 month Designer / Maker – £19,950
  • 6 Month Designer / Maker – £12,810
  • One Month course – £3,486
  • One Week course – £870
  • Weekend course – £360

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