Our Woodworking Courses

Machining timber at Rowden woodworking classes

Expertly Delivered Woodworking Courses for Enthusiasts of All Abilities We accept students of all ages, from around the world

Our Tutors Draw From 35 Years at the Experimental Edge of Furniture Design & Making

If you were to read Bespoke, a book published in 2008 about British Furniture Designer Makers, you would find that one in every ten designer makers featured has been trained in their woodworking skills by David Savage.

David has been teaching creative individuals furniture design since 1984. This is not accounting for the hundreds of other less high profile makers that he trained who are currently thriving in small and large woodworking workshops all over the world – becoming shop fitters, kitchen fitters, french polishers, antique restorers, and joiners.

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 woodworking 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 Woodworking Excellence that produces exceptional furniture and trains exceptional woodworkers. With our range of specialist woodworking courses, you could be one of them.

So, have you ever found yourself thinking, “I wonder if there are any professional woodworking courses near me…” Well, wonder no more, because here at Rowden we offer everything from beginners’ woodworking classes to year-long furniture making courses.

furniture displayed, produced by students of our woodworking classes

Woodworking Course Options

Read on for the different course types available at Rowden Atelier

Weekend woodworking workshop course FOR YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE OF WOODWORK, DO IT RIGHT

The first time you try your hand at the ancient craft of woodworking, you want to do it right. Learn woodworking basics with hand tools to a professional standard on a weekend woodworking 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 maker. Classes include tool handling, box making, and basic veneering, but to a certain degree, you can tell us what you want to learn - these short woodworking courses are partly bespoke.

One week woodworking short course A WEEK-LONG INAUGURATION INTO WOODWORK

Dip your toes in the world of woodworking with our week-long courses, and by the end of the week, you'll be swimming. During these intensive, week-long courses, you will learn woodworking through 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 precise, beautiful work with our expertise, equipment and advice at your disposal.

One month woodworking course LEARN REAL CRAFTMANSHIP IN WOODWORK

Thinking about transitioning into serious woodworking, 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 woodwork, but can’t find the time to commit to a longer course. Here, our woodworking classes will intricately help you to learn 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 woodworking skills up to the high level of craftsmanship needed within the industry.


During an intensive six-month 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. Learn woodworking at one of the finest workshops in the world.

12 month designer-maker courses 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 woodworkers and furniture making 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...
Meet the professional team of tutors and mentors here at Rowden

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


This is not for everyone. What matters is OOOOMMPH!

Woodworking talk to improve product quality during classes

It’s not about qualifications or prior experience, it IS about attitude and personal qualities.

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. Rachel is in the office every other day and deals with toilet rolls and paying bills. 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 workshop 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.

Expert woodworking demonstration for students on one of our furniture making courses

Course Price List

We offer a range of woodworking 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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