Cursus Twee – Atelier Espenaer
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Cursus Twee


4 lessen + 1 gratis zelfstandige sessie
Materiaal en gereedschappen worden aangeleverd.

Cursus Twee is het vervolg op Cursus Eén en richt zich op vaardigheden en technieken die iets meer behendigheid en verfijning vereisen. Lees verder...

Voertaal: de voertaal van Cursus Twee is Engels, tenzij alle deelnemers Nederlands spreken.

Upcoming courses

  • 8 Jan - 29 Jan
    On Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 6 Feb - 27 Feb
    On Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 5 Mar - 26 Mar
    On Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 11 May - 1 Jun
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
2 spots left


Cursus Twee is het vervolg op Cursus Eén en richt zich op vaardigheden en technieken die iets meer behendigheid en verfijning vereisen. Het gaat in het bijzonder om het leren verbinden van massief houten componenten aan de hand van traditionele houtverbindingen, zoals de pen-en-gat- en zwaluwstaartverbinding. Omdat dit fijner werk is, leer je nieuwe handgereedschappen gebruiken en over het algemeen ook nauwkeuriger en behendiger werken.

Voor wie?

Cursus Twee is geschikt voor mensen die reeds Cursus Eén of de voorganger daarvan (Cursus ‘Houtbewerking voor beginners’) hebben voltooid.

Als je geen van die cursussen hebt gedaan, maar wel een vergelijkbaar niveau hebt in termen van kennis en vaardigheden, dan ben je natuurlijk ook welkom deze cursus te doen. Weet je niet zeker of je het juiste niveau hebt voor deze cursus? Neem gerust contact op om te overleggen.


De voertaal van de cursus is afhankelijk van de samenstelling van de groep. Indien alle deelnemers Nederlands spreken, dan zal de cursus vanzelfsprekend in het Nederlands zijn. Als er niet-Nederlandstaligen zitten in de groep, dan is de voertaal Engels.

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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