“I was at the School a while ago, but the Chippendale School is a really great place and I had a lot of fun there. The course is short and sharp – really sharp! It shows you how to make great things and to understand the need for perfection.”

Daniel Medina

Our school of furniture design and furniture making regularly welcomes students from Spain.

Based near Edinburgh in Scotland, it is the UK’s leading furniture school. It is dedicated exclusively to the design, making and restoration of high quality furniture.

Each of the 24 students on our intensive 9 month woodworking course (from October to early June) has their own dedicated tutor. They also attend classes taught by some of the most recognized professional woodworking craftsmen in the UK.

What makes our furniture school different from other schools is the interaction and collaboration between 22 students from different countries working together. Our furniture course ensures that students learn from each other, share ideas and solve problems together.

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

Our furniture courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills to become a professional woodworker. Most of our students go on to start up their own furniture design or woodworking business, with some setting up in the adjoining Chippendale Incubator Workshops.

We welcome lots of different students onto our furniture course: before or after university, changing career and recently retired.

Plenty of hands-on furniture making

We believe that you can only learn to make furniture with practice. Each student has two workbenches and all our students work together in one big workshop. Theory classes are limited to one hour a day and each student is expected to design and make at least three original pieces during the furniture course.

Furniture restoration

Only through the study of antique furniture can students learn the wide range of existing techniques. That’s why our students have up to three pieces of antique furniture to restore during the course.

Strong business and career focus

Business skills are an essential part of our process for teaching furniture making. Our woodworking school gives you the confidence to turn your hobby and passion into a business. During the second term the School Principal gives each student individual advice for their future career in furniture design or woodworking.

English language

As far as English speaking is concerned, a CEFR level B1 score is adequate.  The school can recommend experienced language tutors for one-to-one tuition or group work.  We find that living and working here is a great way to improve language skills.

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