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...
Desk, chair and triangles

Desk, chair and triangles

The Chippendale school welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds on our introductory, intermediate and professional courses. But Giuseppe Merlino from near Milan is the first post-doctoral researcher in microbiology that we’ve ever had. It underlines how fine...
High seas and DNA

High seas and DNA

Oli Juliusson from Hafnarfjardur in Iceland was a fisherman for ten years, before deciding on a change of career. Oli first came across the Chippendale school on the internet and says that it seemed “authentic and real.” The pieces that Oli made during his year with...