Baker’s block

Baker’s block

Tom Smyth’s stand-out piece during his year with us was a monumental garden seat. His inspiration for the seat came from work he carried out on the roof of a listed 400-year-old timber framed barn in Hampshire. The link between a roofing project and a garden seat may...
Flamed desk

Flamed desk

To be successful, furniture designers must have that indefinable X-factor. One student who has that talent in spades is Gordon Young from Edinburgh. His beautiful and functional desk in oak and flamed beech is sinuous, tactile and hugely practical. Gordon, who has a...
Lacewood and chilling

Lacewood and chilling

Fiona Gilfillan is a designer who can add a touch of humour to her pieces. Fiona Gilfillan from East Lothian became the second student on our newly-introduced month-long intermediate course last year. However, sawdust got into her veins, and she then enrolled on our...
Setting the compass

Setting the compass

Paul Hartman from Alberta, Canada made one of the most beautiful rocking chairs that we’ve seen for some years. It was inspired by the late-great Sam Maloof whose rockers are in national collections, and have been owned by US presidents. What was great about it was...
Cocktail curiosities

Cocktail curiosities

Heather Jones from Los Angeles came on our professional course with no woodworking skills. But her Gertrude’s Cabinet of Cocktail Curiosities demonstrates that she has certainly learned them now. It’s a stunning and monumental piece 75cm wide and 100 cm high, and made...