Woodworking Course: Veneered Box

Design and create your own solid timber box with a veneered lid!



2 x 7 hours Class size 1 to 8     label $520

Are you looking for a fun activity that will get you away from the keyboard and instead create something from scratch? Join Castle Workshop's introductory woodworking course where you can learn the skills to be able to create your own timber box with a veneered lid.

In this two-day course, you will be guided through the step by step creation process by an expert. You will get the chance to unleash your creativity and design your own solid timber box with a decorative lid.

You will learn about the importance of basic marking out skills and learn how to use tenon saws and angles shooting planes to create perfectly mitred corner joints. You will be taught all about how to work safely with veneers and how best to design your timber box lid to get a quality finished product!

If you're looking for interesting things to do this weekend in Tasmania with friends, this woodworking course might be just what you're after.

Not only will you get to take home your beautiful box, but you'll be able to use the skills you've learnt to be able to continue your woodworking journey.



Knowledge required
This course is beginner-friendly!
 
What you'll get
  • Guidance from an industry expert
  • All materials and equipment provided
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided each day (Please contact James if you have any dietary requirements)
  • Your own veneered box to take home!
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 a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.

Location

1312 Nicholls Rivulet Road, Nicholls Rivulet TAS

Your teacher
Castle Workshop
Castle Workshop


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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