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Scott Grove - Veneering Course - Chippendale School

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After battling US snow storms that delayed his arrival, Scott Grove, the award-winning New York artist, sculptor and woodworker, has just finished teaching the art of veneering at the Chippendale International School of Furniture located near Edinburgh, Scotland. Grove first visited the school in 2013, when he taught an intensive,… read more >>

Alice MacLean, the first ever Artist in Residence at Chippendale School of Furniture in Scotland.

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Alice MacLean is a Canadian artist who graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2012, where she majored in Fine Arts. Alice is currently providing advice as the first ever Artist in Residence at the Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian, near Edinburgh in… read more >>

Richard Walker teaching the art of gilding at the Chippendale School, UK.

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Richard Walker, owner of Watergild Studios in Portsmouth, Hampshire, works as a freelance master gilder on private commissions as well as teaching the art of gilding at a variety of locations across the UK and online.  For the last two weeks, Richard has been teaching a gilding course to students… read more >>

Simon Macintyre furniture restoration course | Chippendale School

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This blog based on a conversation with Simon Macintyre, a visiting furniture restoration expert who runs his own restoration business in Sussex near London. Simon works on private furniture restoration and for the antique trade. It’s the ninth year that Simon has been running his course at the Chippendale School… read more >>

Euan Goodman and Anselm Fraser with wood veneerer Scott Grove

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Scott Grove, award-winning New York veneering artist, sculptor and woodworker, will soon be delivering another week long veneering course at our furniture school in mid-February 2014. Last year’s was his first ever course at a UK furniture making school. We are delighted to welcome him back. This is the second part… read more >>

Lecture round the wood burning stove

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Scott Grove, an award-winning New York artist, sculptor and woodworker, delivered an inspiring, week long veneering course to last year’s students at the Chippendale International School of Furniture near Edinburgh. This was his first ever course at a UK furniture making school and he’s coming back to teach this year’s… read more >>

Fergus making arched hall table legs

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This blog is by Fergus McCoss who was a deckhand on super yachts but his long term plan is becoming a woodworker. After graduating from the Chippendale School of Furniture, he dreams of building boats in the style of 1960’s Riva Aquarama speedboats! I started in Palma, did Mediterranean loops,… read more >>

Ashley Petersen in the big Chippendale School workshop.

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A blog by Ashley Petersen who loves working with wood.

Ashley was employed by an advertising agency in New York, but always had a passion for furniture and knew she had to make it a part of her life.

“I started working with an antique furniture restorer in Queens in the evenings after work and completed a short woodworking class in Brooklyn. I learned how to French polish, replace missing veneer and how to repair gilding and loved every minute of it!

Ali Wilson Designs a Fish Shaped Cabinet at the Chippendale School.

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Alison Wilson started her career in architecture then became a construction consultant. She has designed her own house in Dunlop in Ayrshire.

Ali was going to commission a dining room table when she bumped into Alasdair Easton, a Chippendale School graduate who now runs Organic Geometry from the largest Chippendale Incubation workshop. Alison was very interested to hear that Ali (as he’s confusingly also known!) had learnt his professional woodworking skills at the Chippendale School of Furniture.

New workshop 1 web IMG_0268

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Anselm wanted to ensure his tutors were kept busy during the summer holidays so they’ve been refurbishing the main workshop and creating more space round student benches.

“Because we are a not-for-profit organisation, we are continually reinvesting in our buildings and facilities. Every year we make improvements. Our students wanted more space round their benches so we decided to make our workshop even bigger,” says Anselm Fraser.