“The course has the perfect balance of theory and practical woodworking skills. This enables students to produce high-quality pieces from the design stage to final construction in a relatively short period of time.”

Ben, Australia

The Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland regularly welcomes students from Australia and New Zealand.

Founded in 1985, the Chippendale School is the UK’s leading furniture school. We only give places to 25 students on each furniture course, ensuring excellent one-to-one tuition within a buzzing woodworking community.

You learn to master over 80 woodworking techniques on our intensive 9 month furniture courses, covering furniture design, furniture making, furniture restoration and cabinet making.

You learn the same skills here in 9 months as on many 3 year courses, saving you time and lost earnings. It’s hard work but you’ll have a lot of fun too! Watch our videos or contact the furniture school.

The Chippendale School’s unique approach is practical and hands-on with a lot of time focused on making your own pieces of furniture. And, of course, it includes lectures, courses by visiting experts and inspiring trips to famous furniture collections.

Thomas Chippendale was the world’s leading cabinet maker in his day and his legacy lives on. At the Chippendale School, we aim to pass on his genius within a modern context.

Our students tell us that they really like our furniture school because we provide:

  • An intensive furniture design, making and restoration course
  • Lots of workshop space
  • A collaborative woodworking community
  • A fun, life-changing experience
  • A real-world woodworking environment
  • An inspiring, creative, ‘think different’ environment
  • A strong business and career focus
  • A stunning location in Scotland, Europe’s most beautiful country
  • Genuine value for money

We welcome novices and those with some woodworking experience, entrepreneurs, career changers and hobbyists. All you need is to love working with wood!

“Since finishing the course I have moved to New Zealand with my wife and children. My aim is to build up a business with a solid reputation for unique, functional and beautiful furniture, kitchens and gifts.” (David Lonsdale)

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