Introduction to wood working: hand tools

Friday 16 November 2018


The course

This one day course is for people who like the idea of working with wood but have no or little experience and are unsure of the names and usage of both handtools. Attendees will learn how to identify and use a selection of tools including bench plane, block plane, shoulder plane, rebate plane, moulding planes, chisels, gouges, different saws, hammers. It will also cover marking out using squares, mitre squares, marking gauges, cutting  gauges and mortise gauges. Guidance will also be given as to the best types and makes of tools to buy and pointers as to where to purchase them.

The tutor

Philip Hodge is a fully trained furniture restorer, cabinet maker and gilder and has been practising and teaching these skills for over 20 years. As well as courses from his own workshop Philip has also designed and run courses for BAFRA, Norfolk Local Education Authority and the Workers Education Authority. Philip is keen to pass on traditional skills and techniques to interested people as well as keeping them up to date with new materials and technology.

Participant information

Participants are advised to wear warm layers that they do not mind getting grubby. Participants should also wear a pair of sturdy shoes or safety shoes (you will not be able to wear sandals or canvas shoes in the workshop).

Fee and refreshments

£80 per person, inclusive of teas, coffees and a light lunch. Please contact the Museum in advance of any special dietary requirements.



Please read out terms and conditions before booking.