“A very rewarding, unique and valuable experience.”


What makes the Chippendale School so unique?

Founded in 1985, the Chippendale International School of Furniture is now one of the world’s leading independent furniture making and furniture design schools.

Every year our cabinet making courses buzz with up to 24 student furniture designers learning the best of traditional and modern furniture making.

Our furniture school runs intensive furniture design, making and restoration courses  over a nine-month period, providing the equivalent of a three-year course in less than a year.

The breadth of skills learnt by students and the time devoted to hands-on woodworking experience make our furniture school unique.  This uniqueness is complimented by:

  • the depth of training
  • the access to experts
  • the 80 plus woodworking techniques which students learn
  • and the opportunity for practical skill development, as well as understanding theory and context

But, just as important is our approach to education and creating the best possible environment for learning.

See Why Choose Chippendale for more on what makes our furniture school different and better.

Woodworking community

Every student benefits from the creative environment of the school. We have built a woodworking community with the international school, an established and successful furniture making business and the Chippendale Incubator Workshops all based in the same complex.

Learn by doing – a practical approach

A book can teach the basics of woodworking, such as how to hold a chisel, but it cannot show you the right amount of pressure to apply to achieve the best finish.

A book or website cannot replicate the atmosphere of our school’s workshop where up to 24 students, each with their own workbench, learn from experienced tutors and from each other.

Nurture talent and celebrate creativity

The Chippendale School attracts students from all over the world, with a maximum number of 24 students each year.  The 30 week course offers a supportive, sustainable community that nurtures talent and celebrates creativity.

Expert tuition

The Furniture School employs experienced furniture design tutors who are passionate about transferring their knowledge of woodworking to our students. As well as being course tutors, they are also professional cabinet makers and understand the demands of the woodworking profession.

Short Courses

From time to time, we also run short five-day courses, referred to as ‘taster’ or ‘experience’ courses.   These courses allow a valuable introduction to the skills of furniture making and enable participants to meet our staff, experience the facilities offered by the school and to determine that they wish to pursue a future in woodworking.  The dates of our next ‘experience courses’ can be found here.

Locally sourced wood

We strive to be as sustainable as we can and actively promote respect for wood and the environment. The school advocates the use of locally sourced and sustainable materials, promoting woodworking with a minimal environmental impact. Students are provided with oak, ash, elm, spalted beech, yew and sycamore.

Heritage in a modern context

Inspired by the work of Thomas Chippendale, the school encourages excellence in design grounded in practical woodworking skills; traditional craftsmanship in a modern context.

Read more about our founder, Anselm Fraser, and the Chippendale School’s history.

Don’t forget to watch our School Videos to get a real sense of what it’s all about!

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