The value and cost of furniture making

The value and cost of furniture making

Anselm Fraser, principal, the Chippendale school’s principal, writes in The Woodworker magazine. Oscar Wilde, the 19th century playwright, expressed it perfectly. In his play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, he wrote that a cynic is “a man who knows the price of...
Gordon’s Twin Tree

Gordon’s Twin Tree

We’re often asked how we can turn novices into professional woodworkers in only 30 weeks. The answer is that we have the very best teaching methods and staff. Our professional course has been running for well over thirty years. So, we have learned what works to ensure...
Form and function

Form and function

Our students at the Chippendale school become good woodworkers by learning the rules of good furniture design. However, we also encourage them to then tear up the rule book. Because great furniture design can also be about incorporating the right level of quirky...
Fumed and golden mirror

Fumed and golden mirror

Many students come to the Chippendale school having had previous careers in something else entirely. Campbell Paterson from Grantown on Spey in the Scottish Highlands was no exception. His early career was working offshore in the oil and gas sector.  Then he spent...
Stribh to overcome

Stribh to overcome

Some students come to us straight from school, but many leave it a few years before enrolling at the Chippendale school. Many feel pressured to go into higher education and then into a job that they find unfulfilling. That’s when it becomes a choice between the...