A great introduction to laser cut courses - design and make a bespoke wooden map in a frame, choosing all the elements and assembling yourself.
Our 1 day laser cutting courses make a great introduction to laser cutting, offering the perfect setting to make something personal and unique, quickly and easily.
On our laser cut map course, you will begin by choosing a location from an online map – somewhere special to you, perhaps a meeting place, a favourite holiday destination or your childhood home – then trace around all the separate elements using the computer. Simply outline the path of the roads, mark out the buildings and then combine these in different ways to make your custom map.
Choose from a selection of woods, including birch, oak and walnut, to show roads, surrounding areas and buildings. You can inset the buildings into the landscape, perhaps have some stand proud of their surroundings, or lightly etch them into the background. Cut a prominent feature from mirrored acrylic, combine veneers and experiment with different colours, creating matching and contrasting features – it’s completely up to you.
When your design is complete we will begin to cut the pieces you need on the laser cutter. Full guidance is given throughout, and all the necessary tools are provided.
Once everything is ready, spend the afternoon assembling your map and setting it into a deep box frame. Etch a dedication, grid reference or quote, and attach it to the mount - the finishing touch to a truly unique piece of artwork to take home.
If your preferred dates are not available and you can round up a friend please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you on a bespoke course. For an additional fee we can also offer a bespoke one-to-one session, subject to availability of dates. To buy a gift voucher for a course click here.
The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.
We choose a special place and begin tracing the roads and buildings
Choose from a range of wood finishes, acrylic, paper and veneers. Experiment with colour combinations and begin cutting parts.
Lunch is homemade soup and homemade bread. Delicious and nutritious!
Using the laser cutter
Use the laser cutter to cut each section from different materials. At this stage we can also add surface etching and staining.
One all your parts are cut out on the laser, we can glue everything together. Complex pieces may take a little more time, simpler ones will be finished sooner - once you're finished, you can wrap up your artwork, ready to take home.
Images From The Course
Hi, I'm Kris and I run the laser cutting courses here at Shore Cottage Studio. As well as running the courses, I often work on private commissions, which can include anything from trophies and awards, framed paper artworks, badges and necklaces, board game tokens, rubber stamps - we even etched a flock of birds into our studio floor.
I produce my own artwork here in the studio using laser cut feathers and driftwood - I like to work with feathers from native birds wherever possible, such as pigeons, jays, pheasants and gulls, but will sometimes obtain more exotic varieties if I want to introduce some vibrant colour. The driftwood is found on Thurstaston Beach, and can be anything from bright turquoise to dulled brown - the paint is often flaky, with rust marks from nails and screws, and provides a contrast for the feathers.
Whenever I'm working on a new design of my own, I will always start with a very rough sketch, and then work right through to a detailed finished piece, so even if all you have is half an idea of something you want to make, that's enough - I can work with you to produce something amazing that you'll be proud of.
Compared to other laser cutting courses, I only work with very small groups, so nothing is rushed - you'll have plenty of time to learn the process at your own pace, and produce lots of samples to take away with you. I've owned and operated several different types of laser cutter, and while all machines are slightly different, the basic principles are the same, so at the end of the course you'll be much more at ease using laser cutters.
"Kris has shown me the potential with imagination and passion - it was nice to have had this introduction to lasers from a true craftsman."
"Kris was a brilliant teacher who really tailored the course to our needs."
At the Checkout page, after adding your details, you can choose to pay either the full amount or a non-refundable deposit (20% of your basket total). If you choose this option, you will receive a reminder email for the remaining amount about a week before your course date. If you wish to pay the remainder before the reminder email reaches you, please contact us at studio@ShoreCottageStudio.com and we will send you a payment link.
You can make payments to us either by paying with your debit or credit cards, a direct bank transfer, or you can even post us a cheque. You can use a gift voucher or vouchers as full or part payment for any course, just add your coupon code(s) where prompted in your basket or at the checkout.
Who Is This Course For?
- I really want to try laser cutting, and I think a 1 day course would be best for me
- I would like a simple project to work towards
- I would like to make 1 framed artwork rather than try out lots of different things
- I'm not too good with computers so I think tracing basic shapes like roads and buildings will be well within in my comfort zone
Who Is This Course Not For?
- I want to spend more than 1 day learning all about the laser cutter, materials, suppliers, different settings and different effects
- I want to experiment with lots of ideas and lots of different materials
- I want to learn all about the laser cutter and how the machine is setup
"Our teachers were attentive, friendly, encouraging and supportive. Would I recommend it - absolutely."
"This is the best course I’ve personally attended - in terms of everything! Ease of booking, friendly, welcoming and inspiring surroundings, course content and delivery, delicious (and plentiful) home-made food, and of course, the location!"
"So friendly, patient and welcoming. I left with a framed laser cut picture which I love, and certainly hope to be back soon."