Woodworking Course: Hardwood Stool

Get hands-on carpentry skills to create your own stool from scratch!

2 x 7 hours Class size 1 to 7

label $520 (or 4 payments of $130 Afterpay)

Have you always wanted to learn how to make furniture for your home or workspace? Join this two-day woodworking course with Castle Workshops and get hands-on experience making your own pieces from scratch!

In this two-part course, you will be guided through the furniture-making process by an expert who will give you some of their best tips and tricks to creating a quality jointed hardwood stool. You'll learn about the Festool Domino cutter and how to use it safely, as well as a suite of jigs so that you can create the perfect dimensions for your stool so you can assemble it easily.

You'll then create the seat using laminates strips of veneer-grade Blackwood and press them together to produce a comb-like textured surface. You'll learn how to assemble the seat and legs together and then enjoy the fruits of your labour!

If you're looking for unique birthday gift ideas then this woodworking course would be a fabulous choice for you. It doesn't matter if you've never tried your hand at woodworking or assembling before, this class is beginner-friendly and helps you to get hands-on experience creating your own furniture from scratch!

Knowledge required
This class is beginner-friendly, perfect for anyone who's interested in learning some new skills and up for a challenge!
What you'll get
  • Expert guidance from an industry professional
  • All materials and equipment provided
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided each day (Please contact James if you have any dietary requirements)
  • You own jointed hardwood stool to take home and use!
What to bring
Wear casual, comfortable clothes and enclosed shoes.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive days.

Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or hens party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


1312 Nicholls Rivulet Road, Nicholls Rivulet Tasmania

Woodworking Course: Hardwood Stool location
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James Vaughan grew up on the leafy North Shore of Sydney and had a wonderful childhood tearing about the bush reserves and exploring the Lane Cove River as though it was the Amazon.

He attended UNSW in the early 1980s, where he received a Diploma of Education in Visual Art. He majored in Ceramics, with minors in Design & Textiles. He worked as an art teacher for several years and at the age of 26 moved to Hobart, Tasmania where he quickly became involved with the design community.

In the early 1990s, James formed a company with two other makers and created a range of cast aluminium furniture with a strong industrial, Steam Punk, look.

He secured a teaching position at The Friends’ School and in many ways was the architect of that emerging teaching space at this progressive Quaker school. For three consecutive years, students from his senior classes won the top creative award for their work across all the senior colleges in Tasmania.

During these years as a teacher, James spent much of his time driving to Tasmania’s West Coast and sourcing some of the state's most beautiful timber from local mills and salvagers.

His furniture practice very much mirrors his working life. Coming from a visual arts background, his design concerns are primarily sculptural. He draws tremendous inspiration from Architectural form and the wide range of materials and techniques he has spent so many years mastering. Hence his work oscillates from doing extraordinary building work to making unique furniture pieces, to teaching.

His furniture falls into one of two ‘camps’. The first is pragmatic, calm designs that aim to take advantage of the beautiful timber he has access to. The second area involves more creative pieces, typically using a combination of materials and often featuring an intentional ambiguity. Think furniture facades you can play with, or drawer fronts that become invisible when they are closed.

In 2005, James and his wife Kristen purchased 20 acres of fertile river-flat pasture in Nicholls Rivulet, 40 minutes south of Hobart. The property is surrounded by established eucalypt forest and has the rivulet weaving through its centre. He has spent years building a unique workspace and gallery, responding to and honouring the incredible surroundings.

This space is now open to the public! People can visit and take in a breathtakingly beautiful environment, learn the crafts of cabinetmaking and thanks to James’ 30 years of teaching experience, come away from a workshop with some very impressive, tangible results.

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