Course Twee – Atelier Espenaer
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Course Twee

(Per January 2022: €235)

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

  • 30 Sep - 21 Oct '21
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 27 Oct - 17 Nov '21
    On Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 27 Nov - 18 Dec '21
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
  • 5 Feb - 26 Feb '22
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
  • 2 Apr - 23 Apr '22
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
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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.

Announcement: Woodworking in the time of corona
All our courses are offered in full compliance with COVID-19 measures and without any compromises on the quality of the learning experience. Participants of courses in question will be contacted with more details.


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.


Glimpses of the courses are regularly offered on our Instagram page. Go ahead and take a look: @espenaer

Bonus session

In addition to the four lessons of a course, participants are granted two hours of free use of a workspace for an unaided session at any time between 12.00-19.00h on weekdays.

You may use these two hours to work on your project or to practice skills and techniques. The session can be booked both within the course period and after the conclusion of the course.

Workspaces are also available for use beyond these two hours for a rate of only €7.50 per hour on week days. For more information read our page on booking workspaces.

About the instructor

The courses are instructed by artisanal woodworker and founder of Atelier Espenaer, Umut Lucas Espenaer. 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 Atelier Espenaer. He is very passionate about artisanal woodworking and enjoys helping 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

  • If you cancel your registration seven 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 registration at the latest 48 hours 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.
  • It is not possible within 48 hours before the start of the course.
  • In case you have used a course voucher, there will be no refund. Vouchers are not redeemable.

To cancel your booking simply send an email to

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.

Transferring to another course

It is possible to be transferred to another course up till seven days before the start of the course. This is free of charge. Have a look at the course schedule to see what courses are available. Then send an email to with your request for a transfer.

Transferring within 7 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. See the above paragraphs for more details.

Custom courses and workshops

Would you like to do a course like this just with a group of a friends or as a company outing? Or would you like to offer a a private course to a loved one?  

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 Atelier Espenaer’s courses and workshops please contact us at

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