4 lessons + 1 solo-session
Materials and tools are provided
This entry-level course will introduce you to the basics of traditional artisanal woodworking. More info...
31 Aug - 28 Sep | EnglishOn Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30hNo session on 21 September
3 Sep - 24 Sep | EnglishOn Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
4 Sep - 25 Sep | NederlandsOn Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
2 Oct - 23 Oct | EnglishOn Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
5 Oct - 26 Oct | NederlandsOn Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
30 Oct - 20 Nov | NederlandsOn Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
31 Oct - 21 Nov | EnglishOn Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
5 Nov - 26 Nov | EnglishOn Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
27 Nov - 18 Dec | EnglishOn Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
30 Nov - 21 Dec | NederlandsOn Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
5 Feb - 26 Feb | NederlandsOn Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
6 Feb - 27 Feb | EnglishOn Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
What will you do in this course?
Course Eén is Espenaer’s entry-level course and introduces you to the wonderful world of artisanal woodworking. In this course you will
- Develop proficiency with common artisanal hand tools in woodworking
- Create components out of rough lumber for a project
- Acquire basic knowledge about wood and types of wood
- Learn about other essential facets of the craft, like measuring, marking, gluing, and finishing (oils, varnishes, waxes)
What will you make?
You will instantly employ the instructed knowledge, skills, and techniques to make a simple wooden object that you (hopefully) will get to take home with you at the end of the course. Participants can choose among a number of small projects, such as a spice rack and a serving board. The options will be introduced during the first lesson.
The suggested projects are selected not only on the basis of their suitability with the course aims, but also on the basis of restraints like the limited available time and the beginner’s level of participants. It is expected that upon completion of the full learning trajectory (which also encompasses Course Twee), participants will have sufficient basic skills and know-how to try bigger and more complex projects.
Anyone above the age of 18 with an interest in artisanal woodworking is welcome to register. The course is suited for beginners in artisanal woodworking, including those with no prior experiences in any craft. Are you a handy DIY-er, but don’t have any experience with traditional artisanal woodworking, then we would still recommend this entry-level course.
Small classes and personal guidance
The courses are explicitly focused on individual guidance and personal contact with (and among) course participants. For this reason, the number of participants per course is limited to a maximum of 4.
Thanks to the small size, participants have the freedom to follow their own pace in the course. Do you need a little bit more time with that handplane? Or are you quick learner? No problem, the course will adjust to you.
All necessary tools and materials are provided in the atelier. The materials are included in the course fee.
The courses are offered in our own atelier, located in Het Ambachtslab in Amsterdam-West. The atelier is easy to reach by bike, car, and public transportation. There is ample parking space in front of the building (Paid parking). Participants will receive more detailed directions upon registration.
For impressions of the courses, have a look at our blog.
Bonus: 1 free solo-session of woodworking
In addition to the four lessons of a course, participants are granted two hours of free use of a workspace for an unaided solo-session at any time between 12.00-17.00h on weekdays.
You may use these hours to do additional work on your project or to practice skills and techniques. This can be done within the course period or up till two weeks after the end of the course.
Workspaces are also available for use beyond these two hours for a rate of only €7.50 per hour. For more information read our page on booking workspaces.
About the instructor
The courses are instructed by artisanal woodworker and founder of Espenaer, Umut Lucas. Umut is a self-taught artisanal woodworker and has practiced woodworking as a hobby for years before turning it into his trade. He was originally trained as a political scientist and worked as policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as lecturer at the University of Amsterdam for most of his professional life. In 2016, he decided to switch careers and pursue his passion, left his career in academia, and founded Espenaer. He is very passionate about artisanal woodworking and is eager to help others explore their own creativity.
Registering for a course
Follow these steps to register for a course.
- View the schedule of the course that you wish to do and pick a date that suits you.
- Click the “Register” button behind the preferred date. This will add the course to your online cart and automatically show you the contents of your cart.
- Check the contents of your cart and click the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
- Provide your details, choose a payment method, and follow further instructions.
The registration will only be completed once you have concluded the checkout procedure and fulfilled the payment of the course fee.
Course full? You may consider subscribing to the waitlist.
We accept payments by iDeal, credit card, and bank transfer. The method of payment can be chosen during the online registration procedure, as described above.
Cancellation policy and refunds
Your registration can be cancelled until 48 hours before the start of the course. In order to do this, simply send an email to email@example.com.
If you cancel your registration at the latest seven days before the start of the course, the total course fee will be refunded to you. If you cancel your registration within six days and 48 hours before the start of the course, 50% of the total course will be refunded to you, unless you are able to find a replacement, in which case the total course fee will be refunded to you.
Refunds will be carried out within 14 calendar days from the day we receive your cancellation note. We will use the same payment method as you did, unless otherwise agreed.
It is not possible to cancel your registration within 48 hours before the start of the course. However, you may offer your spot to another candidate, either someone whom you yourself have found or someone who is enlisted on the said course’s waiting list, if there is any. It is not possible to offer your spot to another candidate after the start of the course.
Custom courses and workshops
Would you like to do a course like this just with a group of a friends? Or are you looking for a creative company outing or team building activity?
We would be happy to organize a course or a (one-day) workshop tuned to your needs and wishes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibilities.
For further information about Espenaer’s courses and workshops please send an email to email@example.com.