When was the last time you built something from scratch with your own two hands? If that question made you pause to think, the answer is: too long ago. Luckily, Singapore has no shortage of crafts workshops to help you rekindle that creative spark. You’ve no doubt come across ceramics, jewellery-making, calligraphy and other such workshops, but have you heard of woodworking? Whether you’re a 6-ft, muscled hunk looking to impress the ladies with a skilfully built cabinet, a homebody wanting to inject a personal touch into their furniture, or a jaded office worker desperate for mental break from deadlines, these woodworking enterprises have just the solution.
Tombalek prides itself on being Singapore’s front-runner in woodwork and metalwork education. From furniture-making classes to electric guitar- and bass-making, they have something for everyone. Eyeing the furniture-making workshops but not a fan of hard wooden seats? Tombalek also offers upholstery classes for you to upholster your self-made couch. Aside from these large projects, their toy-making classes are popular with children and even more popular with adults. (Who doesn’t want to spruce up their work desk with a cute wooden tank?) For a team-bonding activity, sign up for their chopsticks-making group class.
7 Mandai Link.
Contact: 9117 8440
The DIY pioneer in Singapore, Home-Fix’s 10,000 sq. ft. Makerspace is a place for makers, tinkerers, hackers and inventors to collaborate and exchange. They offer an interesting variety of woodworking workshops where participants will learn to build structures like pet beds, wooden tote bags and wine racks. Successful completion of any of these workshops grants you a Makerspace membership, which gives you access to this crafting space, as well as three free day passes (worth $75). Woodwork aficionados, this is a deal you don’t want to miss!
19 Tai SengAve
Contact: 6444 9751
Part of Ground-Up Initiative, TouchWood GUI encourages environmental sustainability and a D.I.Y spirit through workshops and projects that use recycled wood. Their workshops do more than just impart skills as they are specially designed to help you and your loved ones spend quality time together. They host parent-child activities, family workshops and corporate/school programs. Build toys, display pieces, furniture or maybe even a Foosball table – let your imagination run wild at TouchWood GUI!
1 Lor Chencharu
Contact: 9232 0340
The Maker Girls
Founders of The Maker Girls, Vanessa and Lyn do their part to add vibrancy to the local arts scene by connecting like-minded makers. To spread the love of crafting, they host a variety of collaborative workshops, mostly held at their studio. Recent woodwork workshops include wooden book-making (a collaboration with Doraecyscraps and Studio Mu Yu) and green planter-making (a collaboration with 3 Odd Ducks and Studio Mu Yu). Checkout their website for upcoming classes!
451 Joo ChiatRoad
Contact: 9017 6451