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DIY IN A DAY - DRILLS

An enjoyable ‘hands on’ one day workshop that covers many of the common aspects of basic DIY. If you have just brought your home and have realised it didn't include a landlord to fix stuff, this day is for you.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD PUZZLE

For those of you who hanker for an ability to construct in wood, we are offering a new short course in basic woodwork. You will learn how to measure and cut accurately using a traditional brass backed hand saw, how to shape wood joints using a chisel and how to use a plane to smooth and form soft woods.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - WOOD TABLE

Using a mixture of traditional hand tools and modern drills and saws, experienced craftswoman Ruth Thomson will guide and inspire you as she teaches age old techniques in carpentry. As you begin making objects traditionally constructed from seasoned pine, you will learn how to use and care for chisels, saws, planes and spoke-shaves.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend | Part time day
DIY IN A DAY - PLUMBING

Learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. Plumbing = Water in and water out.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
FURNITURE RESTORATION

A wonderful entry into the enchanting world of restoration. This is a project based course and we encourage learners to bring a small wood item to the first class.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
INTRO TO FURNITURE RESTORATION

Revamp your tired woodwork. Revamp your tired woodwork.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO UPHOLSTERY

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for everyone.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
BASIC TILING

Not quite sure where to start with a tiling project? Bit daunted by the thought of tiles falling off the wall if you do get them on? What about those half tiles at the corners… and what about drilling into tile? If the thought of tackling a tiling project yourself is terrifying, yet you yearn for the skills to have a go, then this half-day weekend workshop is just for you. In this hands-on practical workshop, an experienced tiler will guide you through choosing appropriate tiles for the job, sizing up, planning out and preparing the surface.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - STEP UP LOW WOOD STOOL

This new woodwork course is another charming project from our a cherished Edwardian instructional woodwork manual, ‘Carpentry for Beginners’. The projects in the book are perfect for learning basic woodwork skills and we have refined the instructions to incorporate a modern craft construction.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Weekend | Full time | Part time day
BASIC PLUMBING

You will learn how to tackle some basic plumbing tasks around the home in this practical, hands-on workshop. You will learn how to isolate water supply, fix a leaky tap, rescue something from a U bend and unclog a blocked sink.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2.5 hours
  • Study mode: Full time
TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
CURTAIN MAKING

Ever wanted to make your own curtains but not wanted to risk ruining expensive fabric if you tried? Do you have some lovely vintage fabric that you have been saving to 'get made' into curtains but been put off by the expense? In this workshop,experienced curtain maker Grace Pennycooke will teach you how to produce beautiful flowing curtains for any room. Even if you are an absolute beginner and a bit frightened of a sewing machine, Grace will guide you through measuring marking and cutting out fabric to assemble an unlined curtain with a smart pencil pleat header.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
INTRO TO WOODCARVING

Have you ever marveled at the fine detail or flowing lines of a wood carving? Or perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to carve? Choose from our selection of woodcarving workshops and begin to work with wood. Join our Intro to Woodcarving workshop and let expert wood carver Stephen Scott charm and assure you that a carving to be proud of will be in your hands by the end of the course.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend
BASIC ELECTRICS

An evening workshop learning first principles of electrics in the home. Stay safe in your home by finding out what you legally can and can’t do yourself.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
UPHOLSTERY - BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR

The Goodlife Centre is proud to have secured the teaching skills of Louise Richardson, an experienced trained teacher in all aspects of re-upholstery for a longer ‘Bring Your Own Chair’ series of classes. Louise teaches the history and practice of all styles of upholstery as you learn to cover your own choice of work.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: 12 weeks
  • Study mode: Part time evening
CARPENTRY FOR BEGINNERS - TOOLBOX

In this throw away age, when all the furniture we own is assembled and not built, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to spend some precious time learning how to use ageless tools to make something everlasting from wood. Using a mixture of vintage hand tools and modern power tools, experienced craftsman Andy Nicholl will guide and inspire you as he teaches age old techniques in carpentry.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Part time day
INTRO TO TRADITIONAL UPHOLSTERY

A perfect course for a beginner. Jump start your knowledge of traditional upholstery skills and method.

  • Study level: Multiple levels
  • Duration of training: Different durations are available for this course
  • Study mode: Part time evening | Weekend
INTRO TO MODERN UPHOLSTERY

Spend a weekend making a fabulous footstool to take home and cherish. We have created a wonderful project to learn the classic form of deep buttoned upholstery – but made with a time-saving modern method using sheet foam.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 2 days
  • Study mode: Weekend
UPHOLSTERY SUMMER SCHOOL

Upholstery Summer School – part of our summer Staycation series. Five consecutive days 10am – 5pm.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 5 days
  • Study mode: Full time
WILLOW BASKET MAKING

Before the invention of the plastic bag most shopping was carried home in baskets, and in Britain willow was one of the main materials used to make them. If you have ever studied and admired work by a basket weaver, this is your chance to jump in and give your hands a treat.

  • Study level: Beginner
  • Duration of training: 1 day
  • Study mode: Weekend
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