This term is when it all gets really interesting with our students now designing and making their first pieces of furniture.

It’s the start of the creative fun, when students test themselves on how much they’ve learned and the skills they still have to practice.

One student with something of a head start is Jacob Corradi from Banbury in Oxfordshire was who was previously a birch canoe builder, working with his father.

He does therefore have experience in working with wood although the disciplines involved in boat building and furniture design are markedly different.

He’s embarked on making an olive ash writing desk, which will have six curved legs, with a solid oak top with a live edge.

It will incorporate two drawers and a cabinet section made from ammonia fumed oak, and the top of the writing desk’s legs will appear to rise up from the desktop,

It’s a bold and ambitious project, which Jacob is accomplishing with style and confidence.

We look forward to seeing the finished desk, and we’ll bring you more pictures in due course.