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Following Government announcements relating to reducing the spread of COVID-19, and in the interests of public safety, all Skill Centre courses have currently been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to returning to our normal programme in due course.

Learn something new!

Choose from over 30 woodworking and metalworking courses

Be amongst skilled, friendly and experienced tutors in our fully equipped course rooms. Gain inspiration, new skills and the confidence to create! If you relish the idea of getting hands-on with projects, explore our extensive range of woodworking, engineering and other creative craft courses.

Explore our courses

Clear, informative and enjoyable

All courses are designed to guide you through your chosen subject with plenty of hands-on experience. On many of the courses you will work on projects that can be kept for future reference or as keepsakes! To ensure you receive a high standard of tuition, courses generally accommodate groups of no more than six students.



Learn to create delightful pieces by exploring tool and wood selection, workholding, turning techniques and finishing.



You will develop key skills and techniques using many essential woodworking tools and machines.



Our woodcarving courses are taught by tutors happy to share a wealth of experience with all carvers.



Explore various equipment and grasp key skills to master your engineering machinery.



The router is a versatile machine! Whether you are using it for a hobby, DIY or trade we will teach you the right techniques.

What our students say...

First class from 9am Monday
to 5pm Friday!

Excellent tuition in a calm, friendly manner. No question too small - was happy to repeat instructions and go at a pace to suit all. All staff very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful."

Ms Sanders, Beginners Woodturning Course (5 day)

Couldn't have been better!

First rate! Colwin tailored the day to our own specific requirements and needs; experiences ranged from sharpening tools, through a myriad of skills and techniques and culminated in form and finish."

Bill Bloggs, Woodturning Refresher Course

Highly recommended

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, well organised, expertly presented and I learned a lot. The step by step guidance, safety review and friendly atmosphere really enhanced my experience."

Clive J, Beginners Woodturning Course (5 day)

...suited each of our
individual needs

Bob is incredibly knowledgeable and shared it with us in a context and way that suited each of our individual needs. First class!"

Emma P, Engineering Course (5 day)

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