At the Great British Woodshop, students of all abilities are given a warm welcome at our large and fully tooled workshop in West Byfleet, Surrey. You can learn a variety of different skills with us, depending on your interests. We have a mixture of beginner and in-depth more advanced classes at the Great British Woodshop to help you improve your skill set. So whether you want to learn a new skill or just save some money instead of bringing in a trade for simple tasks we will get you there.

LEARN Woodwork and DIY

WoodworK Classes & DIY Classes

Choose from one of our class types to find a class suitable for you. 

Learn the art of woodworking, from basic techniques to crafting practical furniture pieces with expert tutor David Free. Transform raw materials into handcrafted creations using a mix of hand and machine tools in a supportive, safe environment. Discover the satisfaction of creating pieces you can be proud of.

Unleash your DIY potential with our expert-led classes. From our all-rounder DIY day class covering basic skills to short courses including tiling, plumbing, plasterboarding, electrical work and more. Led by David Free, our courses offer a supportive environment to help you tackle your home repairs and renovations with confidence. 


Discover the art of spray painting with this comprehensive class. In a supportive and fun environment, you’ll learn about the equipment, materials and safety measures needed for you to achieve a professional finish on various surfaces.

If you are a mechanic, a car or bike restorer, a DIY’er or maybe you want to start doing some metalwork art or just want to be able to repair the odd broken bracket the skill of being able to weld can be a real-time and money saver.

Our basic upholstery class, reupholstering a dining chair, is a perfect way to learn how to update and reimagine your existing furniture.  Another favourite project is creating an upholstered top for a footstool that you learn to make from scratch!

Our upcycling classes focus on repurposing and reusing wooden materials. And one of our most popular projects? Creating wooden planters! Learn to build and finish a wooden planter from scratch, while integrating reclaimed materials into your design.

Our Basic Electrical Courses are for the DIY homeowner and are not an electrician qualification.   Part 1 deals looks at theory and part 2 puts the theory into practice.

Learn the skills required to cut and fix plasterboard to walls and ceilings including surface preparation, taping and filling, repairs, dealing with corners and much more.

This course is for homeowners who want to learn the basics so they can repair or fix simple common plumbing problems around the house.

We have a whole range of seasonal classes throughout the year. Some of our most popular classes are sledge building, make a bird house or bird table or make a hedgehog house which they can use all year round. Another popular class for the warmer weather is our deckchair class – wood or fabric? You choose.



"An excellent day course, that provided a complete overview of Spray Painting with a good balance of progressive theory and practical application. David's extension knowledge and skill allows for the training to be delivered at an individual level, all practical skills were delivered with all safety considerations taught using first class equipment and materials. Overall a professionally delivered skills course, all you need to start spraying safety with plenty of tips and advice throughout the day, thanks. "
Nick O'Shea
Ultimate Power tools - "A really good course, covering everything that you might need or want to know. I really recommend it. Fantastic. I'll be going back for some more as there is a great range of areas covered by the various courses."
Simon Hall
Upholstery full day class - strip, pad and cover a dining chair - "As a lover of all things arts and crafts, I was very excited to find a woodwork company that offered day classes, rather than courses, relatively locally. The course I attended was run by David, who seems to be a master in pretty much everything and an all-round fascinating man. Nearly eight hours in the workshop flew by and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. What a workshop!!! There are many courses covering a wide variety of topics from plumbing to making a deck chair; I attended the full day upholstery class. In addition to coming home with a wonderfully revamped kitchen chair, I learnt so much from David, just chatting to him about woodwork and tools. The Great British Woodshop really is great. Fantastic in fact. I highly recommend them and in actual fact have booked on my next project!"
Leanne O'Neill