“If you have a passion for wood, you need to do this course.”

Rory Dyer

At the end of each course our students are asked to provide us with feedback. We get a lot of positive comments, as well as some constructive criticisms –  all of which we consider carefully and address in the best way possible.

A sample of feedback from furniture design students is featured in this section. You can view comments from the last 3 years.

Overall experience of attending the school

Which parts of the course did you find most rewarding?

Would you have preferred to have attended a longer course here, at extra cost, in order to study for a formal qualification?

Overall experience of attending the school

Student Feedback

  • The course has given me the skills, knowledge and confidence to forge a career as a designer and maker of fine furniture.
  • The learning experience was greatly enhanced by the large number of students of varying age, background, experience and nationality. (Andrew Adamson)
  • Well-organised 30-week course which helped me learn various woodworking skills. It has been one of the most intense 9 months in my life, from 8 till 8, 5½ days a week, but I enjoyed every minute. (Steve Ahn, South Korea)
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot on it that I will take with me into setting up my business as a furniture maker. (Zach Evelyn, Barbados)
  • It was an adventurous experience for me. It gave me courage and a new world. I am blessed a lot with good mates, good tutors, fine machinery and best environment!! (Michiko Kakiuchi, Japan)
  • A fantastic experience. I am so glad I took the plunge. Anselm and his team have created a very effective accelerated learning course that provides a solid grounding in woodwork, design, restoration and business development, as well as taster experiences in complimentary arts and crafts. (Ewan Ogilvie)
  • The course is enhanced by the tutors and students themselves who are attracted from a wide range of career, geographical and educational backgrounds. Chippendale International School of Furniture is far from conventional and that is the key to its success. (Ewan Ogilvie)
  • A fantastic 9 months that has set up an exciting new career for me. Really enjoyed the course — it’s not perfect, but getting people to the point of starting businesses in 9 months is astounding. (Colin Semple)
  • I decided to do the course on an impulse with no idea whether I would be able to do the work. I achieved more than I ever imagined possible in such a short space of time. Thank you to everyone at Chippendale. (Margaret Thomson)
  • The course was what I expected, fast-paced in a short time. It gave a foundation to build on skill-wise. (Jonathan Van Camp, Canada)
  • Busy! (Toby Walton, New Zealand)
  • Fantastic learning experience – would love to stay longer. (Gregg Wright)
  • The overall package was a massive confidence-booster in all respects for someone like me who is starting a new business in woodwork. (Sandy Boyd)
  • At my time of life (49) I did not have the time to undertake a traditional training in cabinet making. The intensive course at Chippendale taught me what I wanted to know and will allow me to hit the ground running. (Sandy Boyd)
  • An enjoyable education experience shared with 20 people, all of whom are enthusiastic and ambitious. (Derrick Cully)
  • Compelling, never a dull moment, challenging to the novice, but ultimately, enormously rewarding and life-changing. (Guy Harnby)
  • Simply – many thanks. My transfer to civilian life from the Army is complete; it’s been emotional. (Guy Harnby)
  • I loved the collaborative teaching/learning between students and this is a strong education model for creating independent learners. (Liz Jackson)
  • A very steep learning curve, hard work, but very enjoyable. (Marcus Kelly)
  • I have really enjoyed my time and consider the whole team (tutors and staff) to be a credit to the school – it was a fun time! (Ian Lockey)
  • The entire course has been amazing. I would do it all again in an instant. (Matthew Meyerhoff)
  • 9 months that goes by pretty quickly. Many friends made for life. Skills that would be more difficult to learn elsewhere… (Kevin Crawford)
  • I have got everything I need from the course to start me off. (Rupert Phelps)
  • I learnt a huge amount and I had a great time. It was excellent. (Jack Leith)
  • It has been a life-changing experience. I am scared about the future but am confident that I can do it, thank you. (Suzanne Ryan)
  • More than worthwhile. (Sean McManus)
  • A very rewarding, unique and valuable experience (Leanne Glas-Thompson)
  • My goal was to gain the knowledge/confidence to be able to make whatever I want after leaving. While I don’t have all the skills, I do have the confidence to try. (John Gale)
  • For me, life changing, I now have a full time job and have made great friends. (Rory Dyer)
  • Intense! (Anais Dancet)
  • I’ll definitely take this with me for the rest of my life (Anais Dancet)
  • I would just like to say it has been fantastic and I really appreciate everything that all the staff have provided (Leanne Glas-Thompson)
  • I’d like to thank everyone involved with the course – I’ve loved it! (Rory Dyer)

Which parts of the course did you find most rewarding?

Student Feedback

  • Design, visits and restoration
  • Windsor chair making, gilding, carving, stained glass
  • Doing a little bit of everything – stained glass, carving and gilding
  • Frequent discussions and debates over business prospects and development
  • Lectures from past students and successful business owners
  • Completion of projects to deadlines
  • Freedom to design and build whatever each student wanted
  • Learning from experience of wide range of tutors and students
  • Project work, particularly the first solid piece
  • Ability to take my designs the whole way through
  • Learning how to take huge planks of wood and turn them into lovely furniture
  • Really enjoyed the visits and specialist skills, such as Scott Grove’s veneering and the gilding.
  • Restoration & Windsor Chair making.
  • Carving and turning.
  • Seeing three major projects from concept through to fruition was hugely rewarding.
  • Designing my own pieces and seeing other people’s designs as well. Stand-ups were the best way of educating how to design to avoid problems.
  • Freedom of design.
  • Having guest lecturers was informative.
  • Having free reign to build & design whatever we wanted.
  • It is so multi-layered, it is difficult to pick any one part.
  • Conversations with tutors were very valuable in restoring/maintaining confidence.
  • Working with solid wood, marquetry.
  • The people, working environment/atmosphere.
  • Learning new skills and meeting new people.
  • Finishing my first piece of furniture at the end of Term 1.
  • … All of the tutors were exceptionally helpful and encouraging during the course.
  • … The tutors have been fantastic.
  • Carving, gilding & stained glass.
  • Being able to design and build whatever I wanted. Completing my solid wood first term project. Having assistance and advice from tutors. Vibrant workshop environment. Tom Thackray.
  • The ability to make my own pieces and not have anything set down for me to do.
  • Finishing & selling the pieces and learning & applying all the different skills.
  • Being able to try out everything and anything I’d like. Marquetry. Wood Turning.
  • All the extra skills – gilding, carving, the apprentice box panels. Lots of places will teach the basics, but you do more.
  • All of it. I met some great people and learnt loads. My life has changed for good! (Hattie Barder)
  • The feedback from people over the two exhibitions evenings was mind-blowing and has made me want this lifestyle more.
  • The exhibition was great in the sense that we could get some feedback from the crowd and see where we can improve or what customer base suits us. The dedication of the tutors was even moving! (Anais Dancet)

Would you have preferred to have attended a longer course here, at extra cost, in order to study for a formal qualification?

Student Feedback

  • No, the time-frame and speed of the course suited me down to the ground. The experience I gained on the course is better than any qualification in my opinion. (Zach Evelyn, Barbados)
  • I could not have afforded additional time off from earning. However I would consider a part-time extension to the course to enhance skills further so that some work can be carried out at the same time. (Ewan Ogilvie)
  • No. The course has given me a grounding in many woodworking skills which I can now build on in my career. (Margaret Thomson)
  • No, I feel it was long enough.
  • No (7).
  • No, for me it was all about practicality and the course suited me 100%.
  • No, I think the length is good.
  • No – it’s a fair subject matter to time-frame ratio.
  • No – personally I am now ready to start working in the furniture world.
  • No – the course is perfectly comprehensive.
  • I’m not sure that having a formal qualification is that important within this industry.
  • A longer course would have been good, but where do you end it? 30 weeks was a good compromise.
  • No. I was supposed to go to uni and get a qualification, but I would never have learnt as much, or been in the workshops as much. (Hattie Barder)

 

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