Learning from each other

Learning from each other

Anselm Fraser, principal, Chippendale school Our professional course is all about teaching students the skills they’ll need for a career in fine woodworking. It’s a course that we’ve refined over the years, and an approach to teaching and learning that, we believe,...
Of turtles and tortoiseshell

Of turtles and tortoiseshell

Our professional students have returned from their half-term break and this week are embarked on learning a centuries-old decorative technique. Once upon a time boulle work involved veneering tortoiseshell onto wood to create luxurious embellishments. It’s a process...
Symphony in oak

Symphony in oak

Steam bending is a core skill in woodworking, involving strips of wood being steam heated in a steam box, then bent around a former to create a specific shape. It’s a technique still widely used today, and not just in furniture design.  It’s a core element in, for...
A cabinet on the side

A cabinet on the side

Ross Cunnison is proving that a relatively simple piece of furniture can be made wonderful with creative talent and a lot of skill. Ross, originally from Stonehaven but now living in Edinburgh, came on our professional course after ten years working offshore in the...
Setting personal goals and challenges

Setting personal goals and challenges

Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale school, is writing a series of exclusive articles for The Woodworker magazine.  Here’s the second of his articles. Last month I looked at the mental benefits that woodworking can bring, citing a book Flow: The...