Woodwork classes with John
Piece Furniture conducts classes in fine furniture making for the general public.They are held in the Piece Workshop located in Marrickville, just 5 minutes from Sydenham Station. The workshop has dedicated benches and workspace for the classes with storage for projects in construction.
The classes are restricted to four people and follow
the school term calendar.Students are required to sign up for a term, usually 10 weeks long (1 class per week). Each class is 3 hours. The classes are run on week nights, Wednesday mornings and two on Saturdays;
The small class numbers enable John give extensive one on one time in a relaxed atmosphere where you can learn at your own pace. A class can have absolute beginners as well as more experienced woodworkers in it.
The aim of the wood working classes are to teach enthusiastic individuals the skills to make fine furniture. This is intended to be a long term commitment as the skills required to work to a high standard with timber take time and patience to acquire.
An absolute beginner should expect to start their
journey learning hand skills. They are the foundation
to making a craftsman.You will make two set projects that will include extensive hand planing and chisel work.
Then you will progress to make one or two small simple boxes. This project is an introduction to the world of machinery.Thorough training on the correct and safe usage being an important part of the process.
The final set project is a small table designed by John. This table teaches a wide range of common furniture making techniques and processes.It would typically take about 3 to 4 terms in total to complete all four of the set projects.
After this training period you are free to work on an agreed project of your choice which is an attainable step to further your skills .
More experienced students may commence at a level
appropriate to them after meeting with John.
Take a look at the Galleries
page for some photos of the evening classes.