Do I need access to a workshop to complete the course?

Yes. Horology is a practical subject and you will need to undertake a reasonable amount of practical work to complete each year of the course.

  • You will need a very steady table which is secured to the wall on two sides (possibly in the corner of the room), measuring at least 5 feet by 3 feet.  If it is laminated, do not use white; preferably plain subtle shades of green, blue or brown.   
  • Remember to avoid sitting at a table south facing; you will be straining your eyes looking at the sunshine.
  • Your vice will have to be secured at this table (according to the manufacturers’ instructions).  It is, therefore, essential that there is no unevenness on the floor causing the table to move. 
  • Electricity – you will need at least one double socket.
  • Lighting – Ideally a strong lamp attached to the wall.
  • Storage – You will need some space for storage, to suit your own requirements.

As you progress through the course you will need access to a lathe and small drilling machine.