Alex Williams, our second intermediate course student this month, has now left us to return to her home in the south of France.

In her month with us she made a beautiful oak desk with two drawers, with an open middle space to store a laptop computer.

She lives in an old property near Toulouse and has a range of restoration and other projects to get her teeth into.

These include making fitted bedroom wardrobes using reclaimed materials.

She’s now learned the skills to enable her to work on her house, as well as giving her a whole new perspective on furniture restoration.

Alex, originally from Sheffield, acquires old pieces of furniture from local vide greniers, or car boot sales.

Before coming on the course, Alex lacked the skills to tackle complex restoration projects.

Alex Williams intermediate course Chippendale school

However, the intermediate course has given her new ideas and the skills to move forward with her restoration plans.

Alex admits that she still needs to work on her hand skills – for example, chisel work – but intends to keep learning and keep woodworking.

Our one-month course is a good way to learn many basic skills, and gives any keen hobbyist a turbo-boost to their woodworking.

Alex loved the course, was impressed with course tutor, Alan McGovern, and the warm welcome she received from everyone at the school.

The intermediate course only has two students at any one time, which allows for a high level of one-to-one tuition.

It’s also designed around students’ other commitments, so there are no formal start and end dates.

And if one month is too long a period, we’re happy for the course to be completed in more manageable chunks.

We wish Alex every success with her woodworking projects and to giving her restoration ideas a bit of French polish.