Woodwork experts at summer workshops in Leamington

Students on the furniture crafts course at Warwickshire College with their woodworks.

Students on the furniture crafts course at Warwickshire College with their woodworks.

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More than 70 people have been given the opportunity to create their own wooden crafts at summer workshops taking place at Warwickshire College in Leamington.

US TV star Roy Underhill and fellow woodworking experts Chris Schwarz, Peter Follansbee and Tom Fidgen each ran five-day intensive woodworking courses in the college’s furniture workshop, with students from across the UK and Ireland travelling to take part. All the woodworking was done by hand.

Roy’s group made a book stand designed by Thomas Jefferson, a pinch rod with metal work, a grease box and a nail curiosity. Chris’s students made a knockdown bench, while Peter’s group made a 17th century-inspired green-oak carved box and Tom’s students made a sawyer’s bench.

The college’s Leamington site has been running furniture crafts courses for over 60 years. Curriculum leader Jamie Ward said: “I thought this was a great opportunity to show the wider woodwork community what fantastic facilities we have here. It’s a privilege to welcome these international experts to the college, and what’s even better is that nine of our own students got the chance to take part in the courses for free.”

To find out more about furniture craft courses, visit www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses or call 0300 45 600 49.