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Furniture Making Workshop

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Student working in the 3D product design workshops at NTU

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This course is for anyone who has an interest in furniture design and making.

No prior woodworking experience is necessary as you will be guided step-by-step through the different processes to create a piece of furniture.

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Course Dates

27th January 2018 – 24th February 2018

Course Fee

Course Description

This hands-on course will introduce you to a wide range of hand tools, machine tools and spray finishing techniques.

On this course you will:

  • be inducted into our well-equipped product design workshops
  • use tools such as dimension saws, surface planers, thickness planers, flatbed sanders, routers and spindles
  • explore different finishing techniques that will make your piece truly unique.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have a thorough understanding of the different workshop processes, and a finished piece of furniture (a coffee table with drawer) that shows how you have applied these to your project.

Tutor ProfileCarl Smith has over twenty years’ experience making bespoke and mass production furniture, and is one of NTU’s longest serving furniture makers.

He started his career as an award-winning apprentice for Stag Furniture, and eventually trained to full certification as a journeyman, winning many other awards along the way including the National Skills Builder winners’ title and Olympia Cup gold medallist title.

In his daily role Carl advises students on the design and construction of prototype models. His knowledge and expertise is used on many UG and PG courses at NTU, including product and furniture design, architecture, interior architecture and visual and decorative arts.

"Fantastic course. Carl is an excellent teacher. He took time to explain each action, and was always happy to help when needed. I can't rate him highly enough. Great tutor and first class facilities." (SF, Autumn 2017)

"Carl is an exceptional tutor who has endless energy and is a huge asset to the university." (JW, Summer 2016)

"Carl is a fantastic, hugely knowledgeable instructor. It's been great learning from him." (AS, Summer 2016)

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813