Anselm Lecturing

Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale School, offers some thoughts on the teaching process. It’s said that early Puritan settlers in America would deliberately incorporate a mistake into their quilts, called a humility square, since perfection would be an affront to God. It may well be a myth, but the… read more >>

It was a double celebration at the Chippendale School of Furniture last week as the school celebrated its 30th birthday, and one of its senior tutors celebrated thirty years at the school. Alan McGovern from Dunbar has worked at the school since it began life just outside Gifford in 1985.… read more >>

Charlie Oldham WL

Last week our students began learning about woodcarving with visiting master craftsman Charlie Oldham.  Within the wide age range of students, some exciting talent is already beginning to emerge, with some of our students showing a natural skill for the fine art of woodcarving. Andrew Brassington, a young student with us from… read more >>

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 >>