Annabelle Ewing Fiona Thorburn Feb 15

Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, visited the Chippendale International School of Furniture to see for herself how young Scots can forge successful careers as furniture designers, makers and restorers. The minister, who represents Mid Scotland and Fife, met Alice Holttum (35), Janie Morris (35) and Jo… read more >>

It was an advertisement that became an icon of pop culture, transforming a humble audio tape from Japanese electronics company Maxell into a global phenomenon. To a theme of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, a reclining man in a Le Corbusier chair is seen being blown backwards by the power… read more >>

Dr Charlie Clark’s long career as a medical practitioner was devoted to caring for his patients in the west of Scotland. Now retired, Charlie has turned his attention to a more equine patient – to be precise, a wooden rocking horse. Charlie is a recent graduate of the Chippendale International… read more >>

The Chippendale International School of Furniture has been named winner of the Best Business category in East Lothian at the 2014 Best of the Best Business Awards. The Chippendale International School is acknowledged as being one of the finest furniture design and restoration schools internationally and is this year celebrating… read more >>

Anselm Fraser Two

There’s a healthy debate in some woodworking circles on the impact of new technologies on traditional skills. Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture, offers a teaching perspective. Here at the Chippendale International School of Furniture we’re this year celebrating our 30th birthday. We’re still here because… read more >>

Console Table FRHS

Until I joined the 2014/15 course at the Chippendale International School of Furniture, I had no experience whatsoever in designing or making furniture, writes Fiona Thorburn, one of this year’s students. Given my novice state, I decided to try something simple but elegant: a console table for my house in… read more >>

Anselm Fraser, the Chippendale’s principal, recently gave a talk to students at Ampleforth College, one of the country’s leading public schools. Here’s what he had to say. Ampleforth College is all about providing its students with a first-class education and a compass for life. Both are important; education is invaluable,… read more >>

Making great furniture is about balancing form and function to create something that looks good and works well. Sometimes, also, it’s about giving it character and personality – or, even better, a tangible link to its owner. That’s what a Scottish woodworker has achieved in a commission to make a… read more >>

Fishing a favourite stretch of river is one of the most satisfying of country pursuits – and even better if you happen to own that stretch of river. And now, one talented woodworker is giving fishing enthusiasts the chance to bring that bit of river inside their homes. Fergus McCoss… read more >>