Skill and inspiration

Skill and inspiration

To be a successful woodworker you need to have skill in abundance, and that’s what we teach on our professional course at the Chippendale school. We teach all the practical things about cutting and fashioning wood into beautiful furniture, and we teach all the skills...
The last week of term

The last week of term

Students on our professional course learn something new every day. That was true of last week, as in any week, with our students now having departed for the Christmas break. With the professional course only lasting 30 weeks, we have to cram in as much as we can into...
Colour matching

Colour matching

Furniture making usually involves things like dovetails and band-saws, although it can sometimes mean handling the most delicate of paintbrushes. It usually happens when a broken piece of furniture needs a new section to be attached, or when its surface patina has...
Putting the horse before the cat

Putting the horse before the cat

A student who graduated earlier this year is shortly to fashion new legs for a 2,000-year-old terracotta horse. Dr Phillip Prager from Luxembourg, a former assistant professor of aesthetics at the IT University in Copenhagen and a published expert on the nature of...
Restoring the past

Restoring the past

Graduates on our professional course leave the Chippendale school with all sorts of different ambitions for their futures. Some want to specialise in kitchen design and building, others want to concentrate on fine furniture, and others will see how their businesses...