Course Twee – Atelier Espenaer
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Course Twee


4 lessons + 1 solo-session
Materials and tools are provided

Course Twee is the follow-up to Course Eén and introduces you to new skills and techniques, ones that require more experience and sophistication. Read more...

Note on language: the language of instruction for Course Twee is English, unless all participants speak Dutch.

Upcoming courses

  • 5 Mar - 26 Mar '20
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 9 Apr - 30 Apr '20
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 9 May - 30 May '20
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
  • 2 Jul - 23 Jul '20
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 5 Sep - 26 Sep '20
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h

What will you be learning?

Course Twee is the follow-up to Course Eén and introduces you to skills and techniques that require more experience and sophistication. In this course you will

  1. Learn to make four different traditional wood joints
  2. Acquire knowledge about traditional joinery in general
  3. Develop proficiency with other tools than in Course Eén
  4. Learn to work overall in a more accurate and refined way

Click here for a visual tour through Course Twee »
Note: Participants are expected to be familiar with the knowledge, skills, and techniques taught in Course Eén.

What will you make?

You will continue with the project that you had chosen in Course Eén. If you haven’t done Course Eén, you will be making a small spice rack.

For who?

The course is suited for candidates who have already completed Course Eén. If you haven’t done Course Eén, but do have a comparable level of knowledge and skills, you are also welcome to register. Have a look at the information about Course Eén to see what prior knowledge and skills are expected from you.

Please get in touch if you are not sure whether your level of knowledge and skills are suited for this course.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction depends on the composition of the group. If there are non-Dutch speakers in the group, the course will be in English, otherwise in Dutch.

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.

  1. View the schedule of the course that you wish to do and pick a date that suits you.
  2. 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.
  3. Check the contents of your cart and click the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
  4. 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.

Payment options

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

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 to discuss the possibilities.

Further information

For further information about Espenaer’s courses and workshops please send an email to

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