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Woodworking Courses

Take a break and get creative with wood craft at Gartmore House.  David Mackay’s woodworking courses teach beginners and intermediates new tool skills from how to use a hand saw properly to crafting sculptures and safe table saw use. The course also includes things like how to get the best results from your hands along with extensive knowledge about different hard and soft woods.

The wood used on the course is storm damaged from the surrounding woodlands of Gartmore house, deadfall and purchased from a not-for-profit wood management yard in Oakley, Fife. If this sounds like a interesting week or weekend why not try one of our courses. 

Beginners 2 Day Course – Making Bird House or Spice Rack

This beginners course is designed to give you the knowledge required in wood craft that will allow you to start making your own items at home straight away or begin your path along our series of wood courses to learn more advanced techniques.

On the course you will be given the choice of making a spice rack for the kitchen or tool rack for the work shop. These include a box for your plane or a chisel rack or a small bird table, which can be standing or hanging. Although small items, they will teach you a surprising amount about wood, what is a suitable piece of wood for your project, what is not and most importantly why.

As the course progresses you will get a demonstration on how to use a multitude of hand and power tools from table saws and hand planes to sanders and biscuits jointers. Not forgetting the most important tool – the measuring tape (or ruler). We will of course demonstrate how to use them in a safe environment.

Intermediate 5 Day Course – Making a Mirror and Side (or Occasional) Table

This more advanced course is designed to compliment our 2 day beginners course and allow you to progress or finalise your wood skills and create a range of wood joints suitable for production of fine furniture at home or in your workshop. On the course you will use the techniques you have learned to make an elegant mirror, picture frame or a small table, for youself or as a gift.

This course will also include more advanced tool use including the mortise makers, biscuits jointers, advanced table saw, mirror cutting and finishing tools. Making these more advance furniture pieces will give you more confidence at home and the knowledge to continue making similar stunning furniture.

One day of this course will involve a woodland walk discussing different trees and there uses both historically and today. Plus a visit to Scottish Woods, one of Scotland’s largest hard wood yards. Here you will visit their showroom, where you will be able to select your own wood with guidance from David for further projects and enjoy a special discount off all wood of 20% on the day.

Your tutor

David grew up in a small village outside Stirling and has always had a love for the hills, the woods and the animals that surround them. David opened Sticks and Stones, a small eco-aware furniture business that endeavors to produce pieces that are carbon minimal in their collection of materials and their construction processes. David has been making furniture for over 8 years and now has pieces of his work in America, Switzerland, Norway and all of Great Britain. He has created pieces for the RSPB, Historic Scotland and the Smith Art Gallery in Stirling. Davids art style is one free flowing lines and the encourager of natural shapes and forms. David looks forward to helping you grow your knowledge and learn to be able to love your work like he does almost every day.

Included in your break

  • En-suite accommodation at Gartmore House
  • Full board – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Expert tution by David Mackay
  • For breaks of 3 nights or more an optional trip to Loch Katrine or The Scottish Wool Centre is included

Dates and prices

Sunday 15th – Friday 20th April 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 27th May – Friday 1st June 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd June 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Saturday 4th – Monday 6th August 2018 – £329 per person (2 nights)
Tuesday 21st – Sunday 26th August 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th September 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 21st – Friday 26th October 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd November 2018 – £599 per person (5 nights)

How to book

Complete the online enquiry form
Call us on 01877 382991


Terms and Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For breaks booked within 6 weeks, full payment is required at time of booking. Breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.