Course Twee – Atelier Espenaer
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Course Twee

€235 (€245 per January 2023)

4 lessons + 1 bonus 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

  • 1 Dec - 22 Dec '22
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 4 Feb - 25 Feb '23
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
  • 30 Mar - 20 Apr '23
    On Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
  • 3 Jun - 24 Jun '23
    On Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
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What will you be learning?

Course Twee is the follow-up to Atelier Espenaer’s entrylevel 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 the first course
  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 instantly employ the instructed knowledge, skills, and techniques to make a small wooden rack that you (hopefully) will get to take home with you at the end of the course. 

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.

Class size 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.

Necessities and location

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.

Bonus session

In addition to the four lessons of the course, you are granted two hours of free use of a workspace for an unaided solo-session. You can schedule this on day and time of your choice, depending on availability of workspaces, as given on the calendar on the Workspaces page. For bonus sessions on Saturdays there is a supplement of €5.

You may use these hours to do additional work on your project or to practice skills and techniques. This ‘bonus session’ can be booked in-between lessons or 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 on week days and €10 per hour on Saturdays, with discounts for longer bookings. For more information read our page on booking workspaces (click here).

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.

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