12 Month Courses

Our 12 Month Courses have been refined over the years to provide, we feel, the best possible introduction to working with wood.
We will teach you to produce beautiful work, using traditional and modern methods as appropriate and these fully comprehensive courses will give you the confidence to tackle all projects, large and small.

47 Week – Boatbuilding

Our flagship course leads to the internationally recognised and coveted IBTC Diploma in boatbuilding along with City and Guilds 2463 level 3. This comprehensive course covers all the skills required to build and maintain boats.

Launch day at the IBTC

With an emphasis on learning through practical application of skills you will work on a wide range of boatbuilding projects, under the expert supervision of our knowledgeable instructors in our working boatyard.

High standards of accuracy and finish are set from the start and all students must successfully complete our Wood Working and Joinery Skills course, which depending on previous experience will take up to 12 weeks (see mid-length courses). You will then move into the boat shed and commence working on a variety of boatbuilding projects. You will work on a wide range of craft including new builds, restoration and renovation projects. All our boats are real and have real owners ensuring the skills and knowledge you acquire are forged on real projects. We believe this is essential for students to become genuine boat builders.

47 Week – Joinery & Furniture

This extensive course is aimed at teaching all the necessary skills and elements of joinery and furniture making, to enable you to go on to both design and construct your own, individual items of furniture.
IBTC Furniture CoursesStage 1 is exactly the same as followed by students on the award winning Boatbuilding Course. It introduces you to different types of wood and their properties, the use and care of tools and wood preparation techniques, basic joints and setting out.

Divided into four clear stages, this course will develop your understanding of wood and joinery techniques, while working in our dedicated workshop alongside expert instructors on a number of challenging projects.

Stage 2 builds on the understanding of timber and of basic furniture construction techniques, and gently introduces you to the draughtsmanship and geometry techniques needed.

Stage 3 starts the project modules, with the construction of a bedside unit, chest of drawers, table and chair. Stage 4 this is the big final project to showcase your skills. There are a number of items you can chose from including a Welsh dresser or Roll top desk. Other items of furniture that you might particularly want to construct can also be considered as a final project.

Full time course factsheets

Course prospectus – Boatbuilding

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Course dates, costs and payment structure

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Course prospectus – Joinery & Furniture

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Course dates, costs and payment structure

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