Intensive and practical: the course includes skill-building, an optional Level 3 qualification and a personal project piece designed and made by the student. It includes 400 hours of scheduled bench time supervised by tutor, Dan Williams, a highly-skilled furniture designer/maker with over 30 years of professional experience.
The workshops are accessible out of hours for students to continue working in their own time. The workshops include a bench shop with a cabinet-making bench for each student, a tool kit sufficient for completing the course, and a separate dedicated machine shop which includes a range of small industrial quality floor standing and benchtop machinery.
We visit workshops and galleries within an hour or so of Lyme Regis and a timber yard to buy wood for the project. Bi-weekly individual tutorials are held between you and the instructor where feedback is given in confidence.
This course features three distinct phases:
1. Skill Building
The first five weeks of the course focus on hand skills and power tool use. This includes sharpening, timber preparation and joint making. During this time you will make a toolbox using hand and power tools. Daily lessons are held on the theory of construction, timber technology, techniques such as steam bending, veneering and much more. Hand-outs are given to support learning and The Woodworkers Manual, Jackson and Day, is included in the fee as a study aid.
2. Level 3 Diploma
In weeks 6-9, students will make a small coffee table and a small Cherry and Maple cabinet with doors and a drawer. Those taking the optional L3 qualification will be assessed on these pieces. This qualification is unique to the BBA and accredited by PIABC It includes 4 exams and 3 technical drawing assignments and is broadly equivalent to City and Guilds level 3 or an A level.
3. Personal Project Piece
During the final phase of the course, you will make a personal project piece. This will have been designed by the student in consultation with the instructor during the first 9 weeks. It will develop your skills learned so far ,and while the scope is broad it must be smaller than your bench top and be completed within three weeks. Typical projects include chairs, chests and coffee tables. Timber for the project is the only element of cost not included in the course fee. Visit our Furniture Archive to see examples of past projects.
How to apply
The 2022 fee for the 12 week Furniture Making course is £6,050
The course fee for January 2023 is £6500; May and September 2023 is £6950.
plus the cost of the materials for your personal project piece.
Students benefit from the good discounts we receive from our suppliers. All pieces you produce other than the personal project piece are included in the fee.
Bursary assisted places are available for this course.
Find out more about bursary-assisted places here.
Applying for the course
We take a maximum of EIGHT students per each 12 week course.