We’re gearing up for a summer of classes, workshops and special events here at Benchspace starting this April.
Benchspace Bites are back in full force on April 6th with 3 classes over the summer where you can make your very own piece in a single class, even if you have no previous woodworking experience. Over the summer we’ll make a Desk Organiser (July 6th), a Live Edge Clock (May 4th) and the Rustic Coat Rack from last semester on June 1st. We’d advise booking quickly as these classes sold out in a few days last semester.
Evening Courses will run again over the summer but will be extended by two weeks to allow people to miss a few weeks for holidays, The following sell out classes will return.
We are also pleased to announce a new Evening Course this summer for those who are interested in the more DIY aspect of Woodwork. Introduction of Practical Woodwork will start on May 31st and will focus on DIY & Practical carpentry using traditional hand tools. This course will benefit the complete beginner as well as those looking to learn some tips and tricks to make their work quicker and neater.
Other changes in the workshop include our recently launched “Open Making Sessions” twice a month on Saturday mornings which allow you to rent a bench for the morning for €10 and work on your own project, we’ll be there to give you a little advice and guidance if needed.
Our new years resolution this year was to make classes available to everyone regardless of skill level.
Our 2019 classes kicked off in style last Saturday with our first Benchspace Bites of the year where 5 amazing beginners made an awesome live edge coat rack each going from freshly milled yew to a completed piece in just 4 hours.
Over the next few weeks our 2019 classes will be starting, ranging from
A weekend long course in Green Woodworking at Mark Donnelly’s Sawmill just outside Cork City. Mark is a seasoned woodworker (and supplier of the beautiful pieces of yew pictured above). Over the weekend he will bring you how to create beautiful handmade country craft furniture from freshly fallen wood.
Our Evening Classes begin in the following weeks including
Frame Joinery: which is a great introduction to woodworking suitable for the complete beginner . The talented Martin Horgan will bring you through the basics of handcut joints and the fundamentals of traditional joinery.
Box Making: Suitable for those with a little woodwork experience looking to advance their skills. Learn, from third generation cabinetmaker Anthony Aylward, the correct use of the saw, the square and the plane and use these newly found skills to create a beautiful handmade box.
Our Benchspace Bites classes are sold out until March but signup here to be notified when we schedule the next class.
For those with a little more experience who want to tackle their own project, we will be holding Make it yourself sessions on Saturday mornings twice a month going forward. Book here
Heading in to the New Year we have a whole host of classes from short Saturday morning Bites classes (for the pure beginner & including the Coat Rack we made with YayCork) to 10 week evening courses on Frame Joinery, Box Making or Machine Skills and Safety.
Mark Donnelly also returns with his second weekend of Green Woodworking in early February.
Our ever popular Make it yourself member mornings are also available to book now for the first few months of next year.
Check out all these and more details on our new Classes page. If you’re purchasing the course or membership as a gift, we can send you out a voucher in the post to give to the recipient.