Cursus Twee – Atelier Espenaer
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Cursus Twee


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

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

Cursus Twee is het vervolg op Cursus Eén en heeft tot doel jouw kennis en vaardigheden in ambachtelijke houtbewerking verder te ontwikkelen met een focus op traditionale houtverbindingen. In elk van de vier lessen leer je een nieuwe verbinding. Bekijk de virtuele tour om te ontdekken welke dat zijn.

Let op: Cursus Twee maakt deel uit van een integraal leertraject dat begint met Cursus Eén en is daarom alleen toegankelijk voor deelnemers van Cursus Eén!

Klik hier voor een virtuele tour door Cursus Twee »

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Upcoming courses

February (Full)
  • 4 Feb - 25 Feb '23
    Once a week on Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
April (Full)
  • 30 Mar - 20 Apr '23
    Once a week on Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30h
June (Full)
  • 3 Jun - 24 Jun '23
    Once a week on Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:30h
  • 17 Jul - 20 Jul '23
    4 evenings in a row: Mon - Thu from 19:00 to 21:30h
2 spots left

Booking instructions

How to register

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.

Course full? You may consider subscribing to the waitlist.

Payment of the course fee

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 or rebooking

Cancellation and refund policy

  • 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.

Bookings can be cancelled only through 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 10 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 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. See the above section for more details.

Offer this course as a gift to someone

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.

Detailed course information

Wat leer je in deze cursus?

In Cursus Eén kreeg je al de basis van ambachtelijke houtbewerking en weet je hoe het maakproces eruit ziet van begin tot eind. Je leerde ook het belang van houtverbindingen, want die zijn essentieel in het creëren van dingen uit hout.

Hoe meer verbindingen je kent, hoe meer dingen je kunt maken. Cursus Twee is daarom volledig gewijd aan traditionele houtverbindingen en leren we in elke les een nieuwe houtverbinding.

Als deelnemer in deze cursus

  1. Krijg je kennis over traditionele houtverbindingen in het algemeen
  2. Maak je kennis met vier verschillende traditionele houtverbindingen
  3. Leer je nieuwe vaardigheden met handgereedschap
  4. Ontwikkel je de vaardigheden uit Cursus Eén tot een hoger niveau

Let op: Cursus Twee maakt deel uit van een integraal leertraject dat begint met Cursus Eén en is daarom alleen toegankelijk voor deelnemers van Cursus Eén!

Klik hier voor een virtuele tour door Cursus Twee »

Wat maak je in deze cursus?

De kennis, technieken en vaardigheden in deze cursus pas je als deelnemer direct toe op een simpel houten werkstuk dat je aan het einde van de cursus kunt meenemen naar huis. Wat dit werkstuk is, zal worden uitgelegd in de eerste les.

Bij de keuze voor dit werkstuk is rekening gehouden met het beperkte aantal lessen, het beginnersniveau van deelnemers en natuurlijk de aansluiting bij de leerdoelen van de cursus.

De verwachting is dat deelnemers na voltooing van het gehele leertraject (dat ook Cursus Eén omvat), voldoende basisvaardigheden en -kennis hebben om zich te wagen aan grotere en complexere werkstukken naar eigen keuze.

Voor wie?

Cursus Twee is alleen toegankelijk voor mensen die Cursus Eén reeds hebben voltooid. De cursus maakt namelijk deel uit van een integraal leertraject bij Atelier Espenaer dat begint met Cursus Eén. De leerdoelen en inhoud van de twee cursussen zijn op elkaar afgestemd.


De voertaal van de cursus is afhankelijk van de samenstelling van de groep. Als er niet-Nederlandstaligen zitten in de groep, dan is de voertaal Engels. De plenaire uitleg en instructies zullen in dit geval in het Engels worden gedaan. Bij Nederlandstalige deelnemers kan de individuele begeleiding in dit geval echter nog wel gewoon in het Nederlands gedaan worden. Als alle deelnemers Nederlands spreken, dan zal ook de plenaire uitleg vanzelfsprekend in het Nederlands zijn.

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

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 4 participants in the group, including you!

Similarly, because the instructor is overseeing just the 4 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.

Necessities and location

All necessary tools and materials are provided in the atelier. The materials are included in the course fee.

Participants are recommended to wear comfortable and sturdy clothing and shoes with a hard front. Choose fabrics that can keep out sawdust and fibers. It is not necessary to acquire special work clothing for the course.

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.

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 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.

You can schedule this on day and time of your choice, depending on availability of workspaces, as given on the online calendar on the Workspaces page. For bonus sessions on Saturdays there is a supplement of €5.

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 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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