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Kitchenalia Woodworking Course

Sat 7th Aug - Sun 8th Aug
Kitchenalia: Woodworking Course

About this event

Join Steve Smith, Pattern Maker by trade and the Museum of Making’s Workshop Supervisor, on this weekend course to make your own kitchen utensils and equipment.

After choosing two to three items to make – whether that’s a platter, seasoning station, wooden spoon, bread board, spatula, pasta rolling pin, dipping bowl or small platter – you will be guided through a variety of making processes and techniques, including carving, turning, whittling and sanding. Throughout the course you will also learn to use  a range of traditional tools and machinery, including spoke shaves, gouges, chisels, and the lathe, and will work with a selection of hard woods, including beech and oak.

You will also discover fascinating connections to Derby Museums’ collections of making, which chart the progress of Derby’s ongoing manufacturing history and the people who were involved.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those with some woodworking experience or who want to refresh their skills. All levels of experience are welcome!

Participants must be aged 18 years and over.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials, tools, equipment and aprons will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and closed-toe shoes.

Lunch is available to purchase from the River Kitchen at the Museum of Making or various eateries and shops in the city centre.

Working Safely?

If you have any concerns or specific requirements regarding attending this course, please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing

Where and when?

Venue: Museum of Making, Silk Mill Lane, Derby, DE1 3AF
Dates and Times: Saturday 7th August, 10am to 5pm
Sunday 8th August, 10am to 3pm
Cost: £95.00
Booking required

How to book:

Spaces are limited to 8 participants. Please book here via Eventbrite

Course booking terms and conditions

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 2 days before the scheduled start date.

*Please note, this event may be subject to change dependent on the latest Government guidance relating to Covid. In the event that Derby Museums need to cancel a workshop for any reason, your ticket will be refunded in full.

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