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The first woodworking courses I offered were Understanding wood and Dealing with wood movement. This was way back in 2005.

I demonstrated tapered dovetail housing joints at the September 2007 East Rand Woodworkers' Association (ERWA) Fair. A number of ERWA members encouraged me to run a course on this joint. This resulted in my first router course, RW1 - Tapered dovetail housing joints, which was run on 19 April 2008 and was attended by five ERWA members. This course was repeated four times in May 2008 and I was encouraged to develop further router courses. I added RW2 - Pattern routing in June 2008, RW3 - Using a dovetail jig in August 2008 and RW4 - Mortice and tenon joints in October 2008. By the end of 2008, 72 students had attended one or more of my router courses.

January 2009 saw the announcement of, what has turned out to be my most popular course, RW0 - Fundamentals of hand-held routing. I have since added another four router courses. Understanding wood and Dealing with wood movement have been reworked and combined into a one-day course Understanding and using wood. Using a bandsaw was introduced in June 2015 and has been run six times. My latest course is Fundamentals of woodworking joints which has been run four times.

In September 2016 I introduced a free marketing session What can I do with a router? This three-hour event is a comprehensive demonstration of what can be achieved with a hand-held router. The examples are drawn from six of my eight router courses. It has been run 10 times and attended by 54 prospects. (These numbers are not included in the student statistics below).

I have had a lot of fun the last nine years. I have met some super guys (and gals) and made some very good friends. They have taught me, or forced me to learn, a lot more about routing. I have also had a lot of fun developing router jigs and accessories which are the mainstay of my router shop.

I have run 475 courses and welcomed 516 students to my school. Collectively they have attended 1172 sessions: an average of 2,3 sessions per student. Some of them are gluttons for punishment: 61 have attended five or more sessions, 3 have attended ten or more sessions. The record stands at 13 sessions (1 student). As mentioned earlier the Fundamentals of hand-held routing course is the most popular: 357 woodworkers have attended this course. The other courses shape up as follows:

   RW4 - Mortice and tenon joints - 181 attendees
   RW2 - Pattern routing - 165 attendees
   RW8 - Fundamentals of table routing - 106 attendees
   RW1 - Tapered dovetail housing joints - 89 attendees
   RW9 - Edging man-made boards - 52 attendees
   RW5 - Advanced table routing - 32 attendees

RW6 - Frame-and-panel construction - 19 attendees
RW3 - Using a dovetail jig - 8 attendees

UUW - Understanding and using wood - 110 attendees
FWJ - Fundamentals of woodworking joints - 17 attendees
UAB - Using a bandsaw - 13 attendees
UPT - Using a planer / thicknesser - 2 attendees

In addition I have run 21 training sessions on special topics such as Setting up and tuning a planer / thicknesser, Fitting hinges and locks , Design and construction of kitchen cabinets, Cutting finger joints, Routing recesses for military chest fittings and Edge-to-edge biscuited joints.


Last updated 3 June 2017