Erasmus School of Creative Arts
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ZAZEN Drawers on Stand

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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.


Document/ Jewellery Box Course

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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 12th to Saturday 17th Nov. 2018

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

Cost:                $1210  - 30% deposit to secure place. (includes all materials)

Enrolment:      Please contact us on 0466 724605 or 92937171 for an enrolment form.


Just Joints / Tool Making Course

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Cost: $770 (includes materials)

Class size:  6 max.

Skill level:    complete beginners to advanced

Join Neil on a Saturday morning and learn some hand skills, make some wood joints and create some of  your very own hand tools.  There is nothing more satisfying than using tools that you have created yourself from scratch, using the finest raw materials. In addition to making several hand made joints, the tools that we will make this term are:


Wooden Plane Making Course

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Come join Neil to make your very own, personalised, wooden bench plane. This year, Neil and his Saturday students had a huge amount of fun making this unique wooden plane, that we have decided to run a special 4 day Plane Making Course. Neil's own two planes now take pride of place on display in his living room - such items of beauty they are!


This course is specifically aimed at those individuals wishing to develop and advance their handmaking skills, and their ability to work to fine tolerances. It is aimed at any aspiring, or even complete beginner woodworker, and also allows a high degree of personal initiative, if the student so chooses.


Your No7 plane will be made out of 1 piece of Jarrah that you will custom shape to fit your hand, whether you are left, or right-handed. It  comes with a top of the line 2" Hock blade and chipbreaker - a standard item in all Krenov-inspired planes!.  Neil designed this tool with a special brass wear strip and an adjustable mouth opening to allow the plane to shave the finest shavings without any tearout on even the most recalcitrant of woods. In addition, Neil and the 2015 class worked out the optimum blade angle to ensure that both long and end-grain could be tackled with ease. This is sure to be a plane that will grow old with grace and integritry.

Like all ESCA classes, student numbers are restricted to 6 students only.

Cost: $640