Course Eén – Atelier Espenaer

Course Eén

4 lessons + 1 bonus session
Materials and tools are provided

Step into the world of artisanal woodworking and learn to make things out of wood using only hand tools and traditional techniques.

What will you learn?


From rough wood to end product

You will learn how to transform a rough piece of wood into a useful object and explore the different stages of the making process.


Hand tool basics

While doing that, you will learn how to properly use hand tools to cut and shape wood: from the plane to the chisel, from the saw to the marking gauge.


Traditional wood joint

Wood joints are an important part of building with wood, so we will also look into how to cut and use one.


Wood, finishes, and glue

Finally, you will get to know the basic properties and types of wood, but also how to glue and finish it.

Upcoming courses

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7 May - 28 May '24
Once a week on Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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8 May - 29 May '24
Once a week on Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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9 May - 30 May '24
Once a week on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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11 May - 1 Jun '24
Once a week on Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
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4 Jun - 25 Jun '24
Once a week on Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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5 Jun - 26 Jun '24
Once a week on Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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6 Jun - 27 Jun '24
Once a week on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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3 Jul - 24 Jul '24
Once a week on Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
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4 Jul - 25 Jul '24
Once a week on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
Dutch class
2 spots left!

Booking information

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Would you like to be notified when a spot becomes available or new classes are added to the schedule for Course Eén? Subscribe to the course availability alert on this page.

How to register expand_more

Follow these steps to register a course.

  1. View the course schedule 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. If you see no register button, it is because that class is already full!
  3. Check the contents of your cart and click the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
  4. Provide your details, choose a payment method, and follow the instructions on the checkout page.

The registration will only be completed once you have concluded the checkout procedure and fulfilled the payment of the course fee.

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You are required to pay the course fee immediately when booking a course. It is not possible to delay the payment to a later date, nor to reserve a spot without payment.

Below you can see what payments methods are accepted. The payment method can be chosen during the booking procedure. Payments are processed in a fully secure environment by our partner Mollie, an established payment service provider.

Cancellation and refundexpand_more

  • If you cancel your booking at the latest 10 days before the start of the course, the total course fee will be refunded to you, minus a €6.95 service charge.
  • If you cancel your booking between 9 and 5 days before the start of the course, 50% of the total course fee will be refunded to you, unless a replacement can be found. In that case the total course fee will be refunded to you, minus a €6.95 service charge.
  • Cancellations and refunds are not possible within 4 days (96 hours) before the start of the course, unless replacement can be found. If replacement is found, the total course fee will be refunded to you, minus a €6.95 service charge.
  • In case you have used a course voucher, there will be no refund. Vouchers are not redeemable.

To cancel your booking, send an email to with your request and booking order number.

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.

Transfer to another classexpand_more

It is possible to be transferred to another class up till 10 days before the start of the course that you originally booked. How this transferring works depends on the following situations:

  1. Spots announced in course availability alert
    Spots that were announced in the course availability alert (the newsletter) are not available for transfers until 12 hours after the publication time mentioned in the course availability alert. Transfer requests send before or within these 12 hours will not be processed!

    If you do not want to wait out of fear that the spot(s) may sell out within those 12 hours, you are free to directly book the spot yourself at the given publication time through the normal online booking procedure (i.e. as you were a new customer) and subsequently cancel your previous booking. Please note that, in that case, the cancellation and refund conditions explained on this page will apply.

    This policy is to ensure that all subscribers to the course availability alert have an equal chance to obtain the announced spot(s).

  2. Open spots in course schedule
    For spots that just appear available in the course schedule and for which the conditions mentioned above at 1. do not apply, just send an email to with your request for a transfer and the order number of your original booking.

  3. No (suitable) classes available?
    If there are no other classes available in the course schedule or if the available classes don’t suit you, then your only option left is cancelling your registration altogether and book anew when new classes are added to the schedule. It is not possible to reserve a spot in a future class that is not yet scheduled. For more about cancellation and refunds, please read this page.

Transferring within 9 days of the start of the course is not possible and any requests in this respect will be dealt with similar to cancellation requests within the same term.

Offer this course as a gift to someoneexpand_more

It is also possible to offer this course as a gift to someone else. You can do so in two ways:

  1. Choose a class yourself in the schedule above and book it for the recipient. If you want to keep it a surprise for the time being, fill in your own contact details during the registration.
  2. Buy a gift voucher and give the voucher to the recipient. The recipient can choose a class themselves depending on their availability and use the voucher for payment. Click here to buy a voucher.
    Note that vouchers are not available if there are not enough classes available in the schedule. With limited availability, there is nothing or too little to choose and that defeats the whole purpose of the voucher. In this case, you can revert to the first option.

More course information

menu_bookCourse program


The course consists of 4 lessons of 2.5 hours each. Each lesson contains a theory part with explanations and instructions and of course a practice part, where you get to work with the wood yourself.

Click here for a visual tour through Course Eén »

To avoid that you come to the course with the wrong expectations, we would also like to clarify what you will NOT learn in this course:

  1. You will not learn how to work with power tools and machines (plunge saw, jointer, etc.)
  2. You will not learn how to use screws and nails
  3. You will not learn how to build with engineered wood, like plywood, mdf, and chipboard.

emoji_peopleFor who is this course?


Anyone above the age of 18 with an interest in artisanal woodworking is welcome to join. The course is suited for beginners, including those with no prior experiences in any craft. Are you a handy DIY-er, but lack experience with hand tools and artisanal methods, then this course will be right for you as well.

groupsClass size


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 6.

The small size of the class makes it easy to switch between plenary instructions and individual guidance. If you don’t fully understand something or need help with a particular skill, you will easily and quickly be assisted by the instructor, because there are just 6 participants in the group, including you!

Similarly, because the instructor is overseeing just the 6 of you in the workshop, he can quickly step in if he sees that you are doing something wrong, even when you are not aware of it yourself.



The courses are offered in Espenaer’s 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.

schoolAbout the instructor


The courses are instructed by artisanal furniture maker and founder of Atelier Espenaer, Umut Lucas Espenaer. Umut has over 15 years of experience in woodworking and specializes in artisanal skills, techniques, and hand tools. He originally started woodworking as a hobby before turning it into his trade and is self-taught. He has been offering woodworking courses since 2017 and has had the pleasure of instructing to several hundreds of participants up till now.

For a furniture maker, Umut has a somewhat unusual professional background. 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. He decided to switch careers and pursue his passion, left his career in academia, and founded Atelier Espenaer. He is very passionate about artisanal woodworking and enjoys helping others explore their own creativity.

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