box making courses

book a WEEKEND COURSE                                 book a 5 DAY ‘GOLD’ COURSE

I offer weekend and 5 day box making courses and one-to-one tuition in my barn conversion workshop on the beautiful Acton Scott Estate in South Shropshire.

All courses are for a maximum of four participants so everyone gets the attention they need. A wide variety of techniques are covered including carcass construction, veneering, book-matching and inlaying, fitting hardware, making trays, finishing and lining.

2018 dates now posted – click on ‘schedule’ above for available dates and you can read much more info about the different courses I offer by clicking on ‘which course?’ above, or going straight to one of the courses below …

If you have any queries about what course might be right for you, feel free to contact me to discuss.

These are the dates for the 2018 spring and summer courses …

Each course is limited to four people and I update the available places as bookings come in and remove a particular date from the ordering options as soon as that course is full.

There’s always the possibility that there might be a brief overlap – first come first served, I will be in touch if the date you’ve purchased has become unavailable.

2018 spring & summer dates
dates course type places
April 7th/8th [Saturday/Sunday] weekend past
May 10th-14th [Thursday-Monday] ‘Gold’ 5 day past
May 31st-June 4th [Thursday-Monday] ‘Gold’ 5 day past
June 14th-18th [Thursday-Monday] ‘Gold’ 5 day past
July 28th/29th [Saturday/Sunday] weekend 3
August 9th-13th [Thursday-Monday] ‘Gold’ 5 day 2


Choosing the correct course can be daunting …

I will adding some more helpful info here in the next few days. Feel free to email me at if you have any Qs in the meantime …

NB: more added to this page very soon.

These are basically bespoke training days [just one, or as many as you like] tailored to cover exactly the areas you want to cover. You could spend your time perfecting the art of book matching, learning to make and seamlessly inlay your own inlay lines, concentrating on the finer points of french polishing – or learning to line jewellery boxes. Or any combination of the above – the choice of what we do, and how long we spend doing it, is entirely yours.

And of course we start from exactly where you are – your experience and knowledge of woodwork, or lack of it, and bearing in mind your current workshop and tools [or lack of]. You can be a complete beginner looking for a pleasurable pursuit, or an experienced woodworker looking to fine-tune certain skills, discuss a special project or looking to change direction. I can also advise on setting up a workshop, or on adapting an existing one, for making fine boxes.

The charge per day is £295.

preparation: if you have booked a period of tuition with me then some knowledge of one of my books would be a good start. A useful tip is to keep a workshop notebook where you note problems and questions as they arise – that will help you to have a clear idea of the areas you’d like to cover. I’m happy to discuss on the phone what you’d like to cover – and if required also create a draft schedule for the time you spend here.

the end result: depending on how long you spend with me, you may or may not go away with an elaborately veneered and inlaid decorative box. But hopefully you will leave armed with new ideas, techniques and tips that will help you to develop your own style of boxes, or anything else for that matter. And also having enjoyed some time in beautiful rural Shropshire …

There’s plenty of excellent local accommodation – both the following are in Acton Scott itself.

There are plenty more options in the area – I will updating this page very shortly, in the meantime please go here for the list on the old site.


The Acton Scott Farm Bed & Breakfast is very well run and friendly, but may be closed over the winter. This is a good option if you wish to have a car-less few days – it’s a lovely 20 mins walk to the workshop.

For availability and prices please call Mary Jones on + 44 (0) 1694 781260.  NB: in Acton Scott.

Wood Acton is a lovely house near us that has recently started to do bed and breakfast. This is a good choice for the winter months as they don’t close and is the closest to the workshop, just 10 mins walk.

For availability and prices please call Mary Phillips on + 44 (0) 1694 781205 or email.

NB: in Acton Scott.



This is a really beautiful area – winter sunrise on the Acton Scott Estate.

I’ll be adding much more to this page soon.

weekend, 5 day and one-to-one box making courses