Furniture making and fine woodworking classes and workshops

Fine hand tool work is fundamental to woodworking and furniture making

Fine hand tool work is fundamental to woodworking and furniture making

In the woodwork studio at the Cooroora Institute in the Noosa Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, we offer a range of beginner and advanced woodwork and furniture making classes with Ross Annels, and with guest teachers.

We offer:

  • one-on-one training,
  • regular weekly woodworking and furniture making classes, and
  • set courses in hand tool fundamentals, steam bending, chair design, safe machine use,  and other specific topics

We also host:

  • internships,
  • artist residencies and
  • Masterclasses and workshops with other leading artists, designers and makers. 

All the classes are held at the Cooroora Institute, usually in the purpose built teaching studio directly adjoining the furniture studio, and all necessary woodworking tools and machinery are supplied. Students begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design.

Our purpose built teaching studio is an open and airy space made to help you learn and perfect woodwork skills 

Our purpose built teaching studio is an open and airy space made to help you learn and perfect woodwork skills 

Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools.

We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc).

 Our classes are suitable for all levels of skill, from absolute beginners, through to experienced woodworkers seeking to fine tune their skills or explore specialist techniques.

A beginning woodworker thicknessing beautiful locally sourced timber in the machine shop in preparation for furniture making.

A beginning woodworker thicknessing beautiful locally sourced timber in the machine shop in preparation for furniture making.

One-on-one classes and internships are by specific arrangement, and weekend, weekly specialist classes, and masterclasses are by announcement. Join our mailing list to be sure you hear about upcoming classes.

Indonesian forest products researchers undertaking a specialist training program at the Cooroora Institute.

Indonesian forest products researchers undertaking a specialist training program at the Cooroora Institute.

Ross is an experienced teacher, as well as teaching from his own studio he is a regular guest lecturer in Product Design at the Queensland College of Art, and has worked as an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA. You can see some of his work here.

Beautiful shavings rolling off a hand plane - one of the skills students explore early in our woodwork classes

Beautiful shavings rolling off a hand plane - one of the skills students explore early in our woodwork classes

 

Woodwork Classes and Workshops in 2017

 

FURNITURE MAKING CLASSES - CONTINUING

Weekly furniture making and fine woodworking class. 

3 class times available - Mornings 9-12, afternoons 1-4, and evenings 5:30-8:30. Feb 9, - Aug 31, 2017

In our continuing weekly classes, we work on student directed projects. 

Using the bandsaw in the woodworking studio

Using the bandsaw in the woodworking studio

Students all begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder  panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc)

$75 per class. $210 will buy a block of 10 hours, which needs to be used within a month.

 

WORKING WITH MACHINERY CLASS: BUILD A WORKSHOP STOOL WITH ROSS ANNELS

An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.

Using the Wadkin surface planer or jointer to create a face and edge on plantation grown Queensland Maple.

Using the Wadkin surface planer or jointer to create a face and edge on plantation grown Queensland Maple.

Limited to 4 participants

6 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30 - 5:30, 14 February - 21 March.

$840, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase a place now

 

HAND TOOL FUNDAMENTALS WOODWORK CLASS

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Using a sure and marking knife to prepare for crosscut sawing by hand.

Using a sure and marking knife to prepare for crosscut sawing by hand.

Limited to 6 participants

4 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30am-5:30pm from 28 March - 18 April 2017

$520, includes materials. 

Register your interest now, or Pay for your place

 

WOMEN'S WOODWORKING CLASS

A gentle introduction to woodworking, including the use of hand tools, power tools and workshop machinery. In just one day a week for 4 weeks Ross will guide you through making a series of small wooden boxes, using increasingly sophisticated techniques each week.

10:30am - 2:30 pm Tuesdays, 25 April - 16 May.

$400, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place

 

CHAIRMAKING CLASS WITH ROSS ANNELS

Let Ross guide you through the process of making a refined dining chair. Along the way we will investigate ergonomics, design, shaping and bending timber, joinery options, jigs and upholstery. Requires previous woodworking experience.

Class size limited to 4

10 weeks Tuesdays 10:30am - 5:30pm May 23 - Jul 25, 2017

$1300, includes materials.

Register your interest now, or purchase your place

 

GET BENT: BENDING WOOD FOR SCULPTURE AND FURNITURE

It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...

In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique. 

Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.

More about this course.

Register your interest now! Purchase your place now.

 

SCULPTURAL FURNITURE MAKING CLASS WITH ROSS ANNELS

Explore the expressive side of furniture making. We will draw, stack-laminate, carve, bend, cooper, turn, join, burn, and paint to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose. In the class we will begin building either a small table or a seating form. You will need to set aside studio time of your own to complete your project. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining sculptural furniture elements. 

6 weeks Tuesdays, 10:30am-5:30pm, 7 Nov - 12 Dec 2017

Class limited to 4

$780 plus materials

Register your interest now, or purchase a place in the class 

 

Past workshops relating to furniture making and fine woodworking include:

Ross Annels Timber bending

Bill Dorman Metal Techniques for Sculptors

John van der Kolk   Casting and mold making.

Gary Field (Aust) woodcarving and spoon carving

Graeme Priddle (NZ) wood turning and surface decoration

Brian Reid (USA) marquetry and piercing

Ross Annels (Aust) furniture making

THE COOROORA INSTITUTE HOSTS SKILLS-BASED WORKSHOPS ACROSS A RANGE OF ART AND CRAFT MEDIA INCLUDING WOOD, METAL, CERAMICS, LEATHER, TEXTILES, PRINTMAKING, SCULPTURE, WEAVING, AND WRITING.

 Forthcoming classes and workshops are advertised through our mailing list (sign up here), on Facebook, and on our calendar page.