Parliamentarian visits school

Rachael Hamilton MSP visited the school last week, meeting staff and students who this year are from nine different countries. Rachael represents Scotland south in the Scottish parliament where, once again, the school will be holding an exhibition of student furniture this June. Among the students she talked to was… read more >>

Chippendale school praised by education authority

The Chippendale International School of Furniture has been praised by Education Scotland for delivering “high quality learning and teaching,” The school is a Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) centre and offers two Higher National (HN) units as part of the school’s full-time award in Furniture Design, Making and Restoration programme. In… read more >>

Student places 2016/17

All 24 student places on our course 2016/17 are now filled.  However, you can still submit an application and your name will be added to our waiting list.  To do this, simply contact the school and ask for the appropriate application form. The dates for our next nine-month course are as follows:… read more >>

Top honours from furniture school

A student from Russia has won top honours at the Chippendale International School of Furniture, for the first time in the school’s 31-year history. Iana Molotok from St Petersburg won Student of the Year at the prestigious school, against competition from other students from the UK, Canada, the USA, Ireland,… read more >>

Sam, wife and baby, and the church congregation

Speaking truth in love for Wallyford church

A community church in East Lothian has been gifted a new lectern by an American student studying in Scotland. Sam Rouse, originally from North Carolina, crafted and then donated the lectern to the Wallyford Livingroom Church, which dates back to 1926. Sam (24) has been studying at the Chippendale International… read more >>


Coffee table roars in for new furniture designer

It’s a coffee table that thinks it’s a motorbike, and it’s the creation of a new Falkirk furniture designer. Ronnie Payne, a former RAF technician and police officer, has set up Ripplewood Furniture to design and make new furniture and carry out restoration projects. His Revv-It table was the centrepiece… read more >>

Double cheer at furniture school

It’s been a week of double celebration at the Chippendale International School of Furniture. The school, between Haddington and Gifford, is Scotland’s only furniture design school and has an international reputation as a place of teaching excellence. This week saw the school’s 2015-16 students graduate, with Iana Molotok from St… read more >>

handcrafted music stand


  This year we are holding two exhibitions and sales of fine furniture, one in Edinburgh and the other at The Chippendale International School of Furniture – the details of which are as follows: EXHIBITION AND SALE OF FINE FURNITURE – EDINBURGH AT GREYFRIARS KIRK,  2 GREYFRIARS PLACE,  EDINBURGH,  EH1 2QQ… read more >>

Anselm Fraser, Principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture

A value for everything, and the cost of selling nothing

In the last of his series of articles on modern woodworking, Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture, looks at the thorny issue of how to price bespoke furniture. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, the 19th century playwright, would have understood the problem completely. In his play,… read more >>

crib on land baby kiss portrait

Plain sailing for boating baby

When Sam Rouse found out that his wife Kayla was expecting a baby, he did what any father would do – he built a wooden crib in the shape of a boat. Sam (24) is an American student at the Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian and is… read more >>