Practical Veneering (weekend course)

31/08/2024 - 01/09/2023, 10am - 3.30pm

Museum of Making

Silk Mill Lane off Full Street




Museum of Making at Derby Silk has undergone a £18m refurbishment and welcomed its first visitors in May 2021. Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building stands…

Steve Smith – Museum of Making Workshop Manager – worked for many years as a cabinet maker using a variety of veneers and associated processes to create both traditional and contemporary furniture; classical and unorthodox pieces purposefully designed using dark and light veneers.

On this weekend course – taking Charles Hayward’s classic Practical Veneering (1949) as his starting point – he will take participants through a variety of orthodox veneering techniques to hand-veneer a small plywood box.

Over the two-days Steve will introduce and identify a wide variety of European and non-European wood veneers which students can select from and integrate into their bespoke designs for embellishing the supplied plain box. The course will also show how students can make some rudimentary hand tools associated with small-scale veneering.

Students will learn material identification (wood veneer), correct grain direction selection, how to design and construct geometric veneer patterns, veneer cutting and taping, use of templates, crossbanding, additional use of boxwood lines and homemade inlays, and the various historical and commercial ways of laying veneers permanently onto ground works.

Who is this course for?

The course is limited to a maximum of 6 people to ensure participants are fully supported. Participants must be at least 16 years old, and those aged 16-17 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets are £130 per person. Derby Museums Friends & Members are eligible for a 10% discount.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials, tools, equipment and aprons will be provided. However, we encourage you to bring any photos or drawings you would like to use as inspiration.

Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and strong closed-toe shoes (steel toecaps are preferable).

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

How to book:

Tickets are priced at £130.00 per person. Derby Museums Friends & Members are eligible for 10% discount.

Working safely?

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

How to book:

Tickets are priced at £130.00 per person. Derby Museums Friends & Members are eligible for 10% discount.

Next 3 Events