Learn the WoodRat in Idyllic Surroundings

Our new purpose built teaching room, by the lazy River Sheppey.

Our new purpose built teaching room, by the lazy River Sheppey.

Courses in Godney

Held at the Old School, Godney, in Somerset, England, usually on the last Thursday of each month. The course goes through the basics of the main joints. It’s hands-on, informal, but quite intensive. In the morning it’s router table work. Then housing joints, tenons, and twin mortise and tenons. A break for a tasty light lunch and chat comes at midday. The afternoon is for serious dovetailing, leaving everyone at the end of the day, tired but hopefully pleased with themselves for having covered a lot of ground and ending up with a perfect ring of dovetails.

We have people of all ages and abilities, though under 18s must be accompanied. Courses start at 9.00 am and go on until about 4.30pm.

Discounts on the Day

WoodRat offers a discount of 10% to course attendees. Your discount code lasts for ten days, so you can buy after the course date. Karen will send you a map and directions to find us, and note any dietary requirements.

Explore Somerset

Why not combine your visit with some sight seeing or shopping? We are situated in a superb area for birdwatching, cycling and fishing. We're a stones throw from Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and a number of excellent wildlife reserves and cider farms! There's also Clarks Village just down the road.

"I attended the WoodRat course in Somerset. I found it both very instructive and enjoyable. It is well organised with plenty of time to learn the techniques. It was fun meeting other Ratters! The lunch was indeed good and hearty. I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn or improve on using the WoodRat" Mark Doran


Dictum in Germany offer a free course to anyone who has bought a WoodRat which is very generous and useful. 

In Cumbria UK, Richard Harrison teaches general woodwork and gives WoodRat Courses.

Tel: 01768 899895 Website: www.woodworkshop.co.uk

"Get the most from this excellent tool. Our WoodRat courses will teach you all the principles you need to know to create precisely engineered woodwork projects."

Thinking of giving courses?

We are always looking for people who know woodwork and the machine well, to teach the art and craft of the WoodRat. It can be both profitable and worthwhile if you have the space, patience and enjoy teaching . 


Peter Bustin, Brecon, UK
I have owned a WoodRat for a number of years but, due to house moves etc, had mothballed it (along with most of my other woodworking equipment). Having finally set up a home workshop the WoodRat has been dusted off. Inevitably, I had forgotten nearly all I had learned when I first used the WoodRat, so... internet search and Martin Godfrey was running courses from the home of WoodRat in a purpose built workshop... booked up to attend straight away.

Arrived nice and early to find Martin preparing (sweeping the floor) the workshop for the day's course. Two other "woodratters" turned up a few minutes later and after introductions we were allocated our machines and Martin launched straight in. We were shown the "table" capabilities with housing joints, grooving etc and then replicated them ourselves. Next came double tenons fitted into mortices all very well explained and demonstrated and then copied with Martin keeping watch, answering questions and correcting when we made errors. LUNCHTIME

Afternoon and dovetailing. Too much to go into but we all, eventually, ended up with passable, dovetail jointed, four sided open boxes. A lot of information and then doing we finished up satisfied and more confident in the use of this marvelous bit of kit. Thank you Martin and team for a very enjoyable day. http://bethaniagarden.wordpress.com