Woodworking: Inlay in wood

Subject: Woodworking
Dates: 12 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Joachim Tantau
Full price
£ 385

Create a wooden tray or picture frame with geometric or floral motifs inlaid into the wood. This course is an excellent opportunity to develop and apply design skills towards a very particular craft. This course challenges you to marry creative ideas with the technical requirements of the craft.

This course will begin with an introduction to the history of inlay techniques in Europe and the Middle East.

Students will create or choose a simple design appropriate for inlay work based on its scale, size and intricacy. Compose simple and beautiful patterns using natural materials.

Choose materials, using colour, texture and gloss to highlight your design. Students will have the option of beautiful materials such as: mother-of-pearl, bone, blackwood, and metal. By using natural materials for the inlay they can experience the harmony and beauty inherent in natural colour schemes.

Then cut small pieces of inlay material into basic shapes, such as strips, squares, and circles.

Use hand tools and basic machinery to inlay your designs into wood. Cut recesses for the inlay with router and chisel, and accurately inlay the pieces.

Finally, sand and finish the surface with wax.

You will be taught via demonstrations of each step and technique, with ample time to practice. Students will have space to implement their own ideas for a design within a given framework.

Who is this for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided on this course.

What should I wear?

Aprons will be supplied, but we recommend comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting a little messy.

Avoid wearing: Baggy clothing (especially sleeves), Loose jewellery; High heels or open toed shoes.

Health and Safety

  • Follow instructions from your tutor precisely; never touch equipment or tools unless you are instructed to do so with the tutor
  • Wear any personal protective equipment supplied by your tutor, such as safety goggles and dust-masks.
  • Keep your work area tidy and the floor areas clear
  • Students are absolutely not allowed in the studio before or after the course hours

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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Tutor biography

Joachim Tantau

Joachim Tantau is a cabinetmaker and designer. He graduated from The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in 2013 where he received the Barakat Prize for his research into the geometry and design principles of Andalusian Muqarnas.

He currently runs a studio in Hamburg, Germany where he produces bespoke furniture and objects d’art. Joachim also teaches workshops on marquetry and woodworking techniques in the UK, Egypt, Spain and Azerbaijan.