Workspaces for woodworking in Amsterdam – Atelier Atelier Espenaer

Workspaces for woodworking at Atelier Espenaer

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Workspaces for artisanal woodworking

Espenaer is offering equipped workspaces for artisanal woodworking in its atelier in Amsterdam-West.

Please note that there are no machines or power tools present in the atelier!

The workspaces

The atelier accomodates two large work benches, each offering a number of workspaces. Each workspace has its own vise and is big enough for most artisanal woodworking projects. If you need more space for your project, you may consider booking three workspaces to have the whole workbench for yourself.

The workspaces can be used for a variety of woodworking projects and jobs, like making new furniture and repairing or restoring old furniture. The workspaces are also well suited for finer examples of woodworking, such as wood carving, picture framing, and marquetry.

The workspaces are offered tidy and clean . You are expected to leave it likewise after use.

What tools are available?

A wide range of hand tools are available in the atelier, ranging from rather common tools like a hand saw to specialty tools like a circle plane. Do you need a particular specialty tool? Contact Espenaer to inform about is availability.

Chisels, plane irons, and other cutting tools are always offered sharpened and wetted. You are not expected to sharpen and wet tools after use.

The use of tools is included in the price.

Please note that Atelier Espenaer is entirely dedicated to artisanal woodworking with an exclusive focus on hand tools and traditional techniques. There are no machines or power tools present in the atelier.

The atelier

Atelier Espenaer is a tastefully decorated woodworking atelier based in the Ambachtslab in Amsterdam-West. Despite its modest size, the place has an airy feel and receives lots of natural light, thanks to its large window party facing the street and its high ceiling with roof windows.

The atelier is easy to reach by bike, car, and public transportation. There is ample parking space in the vicinity of the building (paid parking).

Dr. Jan van Breemenstraat 1A
1056AB Amsterdam

For whom?

The workspaces can be booked by both amateur and advanced woodworkers.

To prevent accidents and damage to tools or the workspace, we require you to be familiar and experienced with the tools you intend to use. If it happens that you need a tool that you are unfamiliar with, we would be happy to give you instructions. (For more see ‘Assistance’ below).

If you are an absolute beginner with no experience with woodworking tools, we recommend you to attend our woodworking course for beginners. For more information see our page on courses.


€7.5 an hour on week days. €10 an hour on Saturdays.
Discounted prices for bookings of 4 hours and longer.

Week days Saturdays
1 hour
4 hours
6 hours

The price is including the use of tools, excluding materials, supplies, and assistance (see below).


Availability of the workspaces can be checked on the calendar at the top of this page.

Materials and supplies

Booking a workspace does not include the use of materials. Atelier Espenaer is not in the business of selling wood, but may help you if it’s a small piece of wood that you need. This also applies to supplies, such as glue, oil finishes, beeswax and varnish.  You may also bring your own materials and supplies.

Do you need assistance?

You are expected to be self-reliant and independent while using the workspace. However, if it happens that you need instructions, advise, guidance, assistance or any other kind of help, Umut Lucas, artisanal woodworker and founder of Atelier Espenaer, would be happy to offer his services. The fee for assistance depends on the kind and the contents of the requested help. Please contact Espenaer in advance for more information.

Are you an absolute beginner with little to knowledge of or experience in woodworking? In that case you are advised to attend Espenaer’s woodworking course for beginners. For more information click here.


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Impressions of Atelier Espenaer

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