Ballet in wood

Ballet in wood

Last week saw another of our popular one-week introductory courses. They’re designed to give students a taste for woodworking and raise their DIY skills. But for some, it also allows them to decide if a career in fine woodworking might be for them. One student who is...
Making success happen

Making success happen

Anselm Fraser, principal, writing in The Woodworker magazine It’s a tough world out there and, alas, there are no shortcuts to becoming a successful woodworker. At our school, our nine-month professional course equips students with all the skills they need to set up...
Spalted console

Spalted console

A simple fact about bespoke furniture is that good design sells. That’s a lesson that Fiona Gilfillan, one of recent professional course graduates has learned. During her course, she made a spalted Sycamore and Elm console table, which sold at the graduate exhibition....
Brexit divides cabinet

Brexit divides cabinet

Stephen Barr, one of our recent professional course graduates, first came to the school on a one-week introductory course. It’s a good way for potential professional woodworkers to see if they really do have sawdust in their veins. And if they do, and enrol onto our...
Finding inspiration

Finding inspiration

Inspiration is something that we can all struggle with, and sometimes we find it in unusual places. The lesson is that, wherever you find inspiration, grab it with both hands. That was true of recent professional course graduate Tom Smyth from Bristol whose previous...
Woodwork calling

Woodwork calling

Paul Hartman was this year’s recipient of the Public’s Choice Award. It’s an award that is voted on by visitors to the school’s professional course graduation exhibition in Edinburgh. It’s a real accolade because those visitors are representative of the buying public....