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Summer 2024: Furniture Making

Venue: London School of Architecture, London E8 3DY

Deadline to apply: 03/08/2024

Dates: This workshop will run for five days from Monday 5th August 2024 until Friday 9th August 2024. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

JAPANESE BENCH + practice joints and beginners joinery

  • Make a solid hardwood stool using traditional joinery techniques.
  • Cut the half lapping joints and pair with a chisel.
  • Cut the trough mortice and tenon joints for the seat and pair with a chisel.
  • Use a biscuit jointer to edge joint the space blocks
  • Finish and assemble the stool.


This course will be run by Creative Dimension Tutor Emma Leslie.

Emma is a trained Furniture Maker. As well as having her own practice as a designer and maker, she runs the New School of Furniture Making, teaching project based courses from her East London studio.

She studied Fine Woodwork at the Building Crafts college where she was awarded a Medal of Excellence from City and Guilds as well as the Annual Livery Company Prize from the Carpenters Company, where she has since become a freemen.

In 2014 she became the first women ever to win the National Carpenters Craft Competition and won the Wood Awards’ Peoples Prize in 2015.

Emma has taught furniture making at the Building Crafts College, London Metropolitan University, The School of Stuff and The Goodlife Centre, and as well as running workshops for The Creative Dimension Trust, The Design Museum, The Institute of Making and The Pump House Gallery in Battersea. Her studio is situated with the London School of Architecture, where she provides teaching and guidance for Architecture students working with timber.

Before training as a furniture maker, Emma’s background was in fine art and film making.



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 8 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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