Upcoming courses

Upcoming courses

description of fantastic courser we have prepared for you with the finest furniture makers. Please enquire if you have any question

Document/ Jewellery Box Course

Join Neil for 6 days and make this amazingly detailed box. You will learn about timber choice, joints, veneering, inlay making and fitting of hardware, finishing and much more.

Participants have a choice of timbers and only the finest, British-made, SMART  hinges and locks will be used. Each box contains a tray, nicely divided for those small, but precious things. Fee includes all materials. Please note, we have extended this course from 5 days to 6 to ensure that each student's box is completed to a high standard.

Please note, there is already keen interest in this course, so, first in first served!

Dates:              Monday 21st to Saturday 26th Jan. 2019

Hours:              9am to 4pm with a 1hour lunch break.

Cost:                $1210  - 20% deposit to secure place. (includes all materials)

Enrolment:      Please contact us on 0466 724605 or 0409 107 292 for an enrolment form.


ZAZEN Drawers on Stand

Dates:        Monday 1st April to Friday 28th April,  2019 (not including weekends)

Hours:        9am to 4pm with a 1 hour lunchbreak.

Cost:          $3960 A 30% deposit is required upon enrolment with the balance due in the week before commencement.

It’s been a while since we last ran this course, so, due to repeated demand for a course that covers a broad range of fine woodwork skills, we have decided to make this a yearly attraction in our school. This delightful little gem of a piece is the ultimate course in time-proven, traditional table, carcase, door and drawer construction methods.

The course for 2019 has been expanded into a four-week, full-time one, that now also includes a beautifully proportioned, elegant stand, a valuables compartment under a hinged lid, while still retaining the six beautifully delicate little drawers.
We are aiming this class at individuals with some woodworking skills, such as workshop and machinery safety, sharpening and basic hand skills.

The course will take these skills to another level completely, as you learn how to properly design and craft a stand-alone structure, veneer and hang a lid, and construct the most sublime hand-cut dovetailed drawers you’ve ever seen. The student is taken through the various aspects of wood movement considerations when designing casework, but the highlight of this course is the journey of demystifying the complex and demanding process of fine, drawer design, construction and fitting. Even the lathe will not be spared as you design and turn your own drawer handles. This piece is certain to be your proudest woodworking achievement yet.

Class numbers for this specialist course are limited to 4 students only, while Neil will be teaching and demonstrating for the duration of the course, with Pam dropping in from time to time to assist - an unparalleled teacher/student ratio! Each student works from his/her own bench that comes fully equipped with top-quality hand tools. Fine-furniture quality Jarrah, She-Oak and Camphor Laurel will be used exclusively in your piece. The ESCA workshop has a full suite of the latest, cutting-edge machinery and tools, and is also equipped with a comprehensive woodworking/design reference book and sample library.

Overall dimensions:    400w x 1100h x 300d.

Please contact Neil on 0466 724605 or 92937171 for an enrolment form.

A $800 deposit is required upon enrolment with the balance due in the week before commencement.


One-on-one Mentoring

One-on-one training is the quickest, most direct and efficient way to learn every facet of the art of fine furniture, whether it be about design, construction or finishing, or indeed, marketing and business modeling suited to the designer/maker. This way, you can acquire the necessary skills in the specific areas you feel are lacking, helping you to produce truly outstanding work.                                                       
Each participant works exclusively alongside Neil and has the freedom to direct the nature of activities, whether it be resolving a design, or honing a specific set of skills. With numerous national design and making awards under his belt, and with his vast experience gleaned over the past 40 years, Neil can guide your skills to the highest level. Past students have been amazed at the rapid progress they make when the focus is entirely directed at their own personal training needs only, many having remarked that this form of professional mentoring represents excellent value for money compared to group courses.
As with our Bench Space Sessions, One-on One Mentoring must be booked and paid for in advance. It is recommended that each participant brings along their own hand tools.     

Please note:          Materials costs are not included.

Please contact Neil on 0466 724605 or 92937171 for an enrolment form.

$660 per day