Designing by design

Designing by design

Anselm Fraser, principal, Chippendale International School of Furniture, writes in The Woodworker magazine. A first rule of furniture making is that you can’t make something until you’ve designed it. It’s why woodworkers, from novices to skilled craftspeople, should...
Careers in sawdust

Careers in sawdust

Woodworking is a passion that many people have, but don’t immediately pursue as a career. Many of our students are people who have made the decision to leave their industry mid-career. They’ve taken the conventional route and gone from school to university and then...
Paddling to an island

Paddling to an island

Jacob Corradi from Banbury in Oxfordshire came on our professional course from a previous career as a birch canoe and log cabin builder. He therefore had a grounding in woodwork, although boat building and fine furniture making require very different skills. Jacob’s...
Cocktails and 007

Cocktails and 007

Heather Jones from Los Angeles came on our professional course with some furniture design experience, but no woodworking skills. She was previously an art director and graphic designer, and one of her hobbies was designing furniture. She decided that it was time to...
Arguing wood, not university

Arguing wood, not university

This week sees sixth formers in England finding out their A Level results. For some, that means getting into their university of choice. For many others, it means accepting a place at a second or third choice university. And for those with poorer results, it means not...