smartBoxmaker courses:


I’m hoping to restart my face-to-face courses, both group and one-to-one, this summer. Suitably distanced, of course, and subject to whatever other restrictions are in force at the time ……


I have a waiting list for my weekend and 6 day courses – if you want to book a place in advance I’m offering some very special prices:


  •  £195 for a day of one-to one [usual cost £295]

  •  £195 for group weekends [max 4 people – usual cost £295]

  •  £495 for the 6 day course [max 4 people – usual cost £740]


Your place won’t be date specific. Nearer the time, when we know more about how the vaccine rollout and other factors are affecting things, I will propose a schedule and you would then be free to take up your place on whichever date you choose. Six day courses run from Wednesday to Monday inclusive. First come, first served for any particular date.

NB: when I post the dates all prices will revert to their full values.


distance learning:


In the meantime, why not book yourself a FREE smartBoxmaker online session? – 20 minutes absolutely free to ask anything you want, and to find out whether further sessions might be a good way to further your box making.


Go here for much more info, email me or call + 44 [0] 1694 781318



Important notice: I‘ve never made furniture – I only make boxes – box making is my speciality!


During a long career making bespoke boxes and cases for discerning clients around the world I’ve developed a select range of skills and techniques, cherry-picked and distilled from a number of related disciplines. This article goes some way to explaining my approach




When available my regular courses offer an insight into the processes I regularly use in a friendly, supportive environment for a maximum of four participants.


I’ve made every mistake in the book over the years [and plenty that aren’t] … so I make sure you don’t!


smartBoxmaker - box making courses


You get to go away with a beautiful box, and loads of great box making tips …


If you have any queries at all please feel free to contact me to discuss.

As well as all the obvious stuff, some things you will learn:


• the difference between ‘abrasion’ and ‘cutting’, and why modern abrasives are often a good choice for small work.
• all about the ‘zen/stuff‘ scale, and where you are on it …
• the importance of a table-mounted router – upcut and downcut spirals explained.
• all about the world’s second most sophisticated clamping system.



And some you will NOT learn:


• more ways to make your chisels and planes so sharp that the weight of a feather will shear itself in two.
• yet ANOTHER, even better way to cut perfect dovetails.
• how to fettle a plane so it creates a shaving the thickness of a Higgs boson.
• how to make a chair, a rocking horse or a bird box …

I think it’s safe to say my courses are well received:


That was the best woodworking course I have done – and I have done a few …
Graham T, Surrey, UK



For the aspiring cellist to spend three days with Yo-Yo Ma would be something special, certainly. For an aspiring box maker to spend three days one-on-one with Andrew Crawford is similar …
Roger B, Michigan, USA.



I had one of the best informative and enjoyable times of my life over the weekend, my head is buzzing with loads of ideas and information.
Chris C, Wiltshire, UK



I particularly appreciated your teaching techniques where you walked the line between moving the activity forward while catering for the many questions and conversations that naturally come out of these sort of sessions.
Steve R, Victoria, Australia


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