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.
Dylan’s family goes on a short break while Secret Removers Alison and George make-over part of the family’s new home in Portobello, near Edinburgh. Will wife Catherine like the surprise?
The renovation team are also surprised to find active woodworm in a printers cabinet, so a visit to the Chippendale International School of Furniture is in order. Anselm Fraser shows them how to treat the woodworm using spraying and injecting.
The Chippendale International School of Furniture is hosting its annual student exhibition and furniture sale on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of June between 6 and 8pm. Anyone interested in seeing and buying the classical and contemporary furniture produced by the 20 students, is invited to come along and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. The School is located at Myreside Grange near Gifford, East Lothian (on the Haddington Road).
Regarded as one of the UK’s leading furniture making colleges and currently with a full student roll, the Chippendale School runs intensive nine month courses based round a cosmopolitan, woodworking community. With ages ranging from 21 to 55, more than a quarter of the students are from overseas: Spain, New Zealand, Russia, Canada and the US. This year’s students’ backgrounds range from IT, the police and army, to the professions, teaching and post graduates with creative degrees.
Melinda Schwakhofer, who graduated from The Chippendale International School of Furniture in 1999, built this bed as her final project on the furniture design, furniture making and furniture restoration course.
Melinda, who is now a fibre artist, created the headboard art quilt at the same time as the bed, which she calls ‘Enter the Forest of Dreams’. The bed quilt was created in 2012.
An interview with Eilidh Keith, glass artist, a visiting specialist in stained glass
Eilidh Keith is the Chippendale International School of Furniture’s visiting ‘glass artist’, and spends a week each year during the third term teaching the furniture school students how to work with stained glass. Eilidh is one of the distinguished visiting experts who make invaluable contributions to enriching the woodworking courses. Her impressive business and teaching career extends to more than 20 years.
Garry Macfarlane describes how he made an Art Deco dressing table while a student at the Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland.
Arriving for my second term at the Chippendale International School of Furniture, we were informed that we were to make a piece of veneered furniture. Ideally, we should think our design almost impossible to make and take the opportunity to introduce challenging features like curves into the design. The idea was to enhance our learning experience as much as possible. It was a perfect opportunity to indulge my interest in Art Deco.
After careful consideration I decided to make a ladies dressing table as I thought I stood a good chance of selling this at the end of year student exhibition. I had seen a number of examples of Art Deco style dressing tables with their curved edges, oversized mirrors and beautiful veneers, allowing me to use many of the shapes that the style is renowned for.
A blog by Matthew Meyerhoff, a student at the Chippendale International School of Furniture
Born in Scotland, then brought up in Canada before moving to Dubai, Matthew Meyerhoff previously worked as a simulator pilot in Dubai for Serco. The work may sound exciting but it involved sitting down at a computer all day.
Matthew says that he chose to learn furniture making and woodworking because he doesn’t want to work in an office again:
The Chippendale International School of Furniture only takes 20 students onto our intensive furniture courses each year. As our name suggests, the Furniture School has always been ‘international’ in nature and several students from the US and Canada join the course every year, so, rest assured, you’ll be in excellent… read more >>
Award winning Anselm Fraser Furniture, which runs alongside the Chippendale International School of Furniture, completed a bespoke kitchen installation for a client just in time for Christmas. The furniture design and furniture restoration business has created and installed more than 80 bespoke kitchens over the years.
However, this installation was different…
Chippendale School of Furniture’s Anselm Fraser fuses big sky thinking with commercial savvy
Main part of a feature published in Good Woodworking in Growth Rings in October 2011. Reproduced with thanks. Words: Darren Loucaides. Photos: Dave Roberts.
As mist settles on the hills surrounding this secluded spot in Gifford, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, it feels like we’ve happened upon a deserted country house. Chippendale International School of Furniture is out for summer, and stalking around its exhibition hall, quiet but for our footfall thundering across the rugged floorboards, the atmosphere is eerie. Perhaps we’re hearing distant echoes, glimpses of movement just beyond our vision – hints of the life that usually fills the place.