Classes in Woodwork and furniture making

Anne checking a hand planed edge is square  

In the Lomandra Place Studios, Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, Ross offers classes:

  • one-on-one training,
  • regular weekly woodworking and furniture making classes, 
  • masterclasses in steam bending and chair design, and
  • Masterclasses with other leading artists, designers and makers. 

 Prune outfeeding figured red gum on the thickness planer

All the classes are held at Lomandra Place Studios, and all necessary woodworking tools and machinery are supplied.

Intern Scott Pilkington working on a Sprung Chair

Our classes are suitable for all levels of skill, from absolute beginners, through to experienced woodworkers seeking to fine tune their skills or explore specialist techniques.

 Indonesian forest products researchers making a former in a bending intensive

In our weekly classes, we work on student directed projects.

Students begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Wadkin table saw and Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, 20 inch thicknesser, spindle moulder, overhead router etc).

Thursday classes:

  • mornings (9-12)
  • afternoons (1-4)
  • afternoons (5:30-8:30).

Saturday Classes:

  • afternoons (1-4)

One-on-one classes are by arrangement, and weekend, week-long specialist classes, and masterclasses are by announcement.

Using a jig to machine short stock on the Wadkin dimension saw

Ross is an experienced teacher, as well as teaching from his own studio, he has taught masterclasses at the WoodDust Australia events, at the Maleny Wood Expo, at the Cooroora Institute, at Product Design at the Queensland College of Art, and has worked as an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA.

Design exercises with Scott

The Lomandra Place Studios website has details of upcoming classes and workshops.

 Graeme Priddle surface decoration masterclass


 Contact Ross for more information, and join the Lomandra Place Studios mailing list to receive notification of new workshops and masterclasses.