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January 2018
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erwyn and June Lewis invite you to learn woodworking skills at our home in beautiful rural Shropshire, near to the renowned Ironbridge gorge. Experience the thrill of creativity, it keeps us going!  In a well-equipped workshop Gerwyn will be your tutor and provide one-to-one tuition in woodworking skills and in particular, furniture making.  

e welcome people with all ranges of skills from the outright beginner  to the serious enthusiast. We would emphasise that previous experience is not necessary- a course can be tailored to suit the ability of each individual. 

ur woodworking courses are very flexible. We have no set dates and will adapt to the needs of our customers.  We welcome partners to do a woodworking course together

f you are a complete beginner, you could be shown how to make the famous Shaker oval boxes or perhaps a Shaker-style stool. If you are more ambitious you could make a Shaker rocking chair, or if you wanted to work in the British tradition, how about making a windsor chair or Welsh stick-backed arm chair ?  Working to these designs will include lathe-turning and the use of rounder planes, (these can be likened to big pencil sharpeners and help to make this kind of work more accessible). Several of the components will be steam-bent which is always good fun, if a little nerve-racking! Not all the timber used will be British. American species and European hardwoods will also be used, but tropical hardwoods are avoided  

he duration of the woodworking courses is based on your requirements. A course can be organised for a single day (or even a half-day) - an arrangement which would be particularly appropriate for local people. Other courses can be based on two-days. The programme in terms of skills developed, or what is made, is also very flexible. You can choose ahead so that I'm prepared, or you can choose on the day (though that might be more risky).

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