Doctoring a console table

Doctoring a console table

Last week saw Anne Maree Wallace from Edinburgh complete her one-month intermediate course, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Anne Maree originally came on one of our one-week introductory courses, liked it, and decided that she wanted to take her new-found skills up a...
Veneers from oysters

Veneers from oysters

This week saw our professional course students learn the delicate skill of oyster work, which is a decorative form of veneering or parquetry. It’s a technique that uses thin slices of wood cut in cross-section to form circular or oval pieces of veneer which, when...
Kumiko and asanoha

Kumiko and asanoha

Christian Burt’s tea cabinet, a celebration of Japanese-inspired design, also proves that design and creativity can evolve during the construction phase. His stunning cabinet in sycamore and beech was to have stood on long beech legs to bring the cabinet up to eye...
A console cathedral

A console cathedral

Alex Stanton, from Brisbane in Australia, is completing his first major project – a stunning ash console table, with beautiful decorative flourishes. Many students would have made relatively simple legs for what is primarily a functional piece of hallway furniture,...
Weaving with ebony

Weaving with ebony

Gordon Young from Edinburgh is well on the way to completing a beautiful and functional desk in oak and flamed beech. Gordon, who has a Masters degree in civil engineering from Heriot-Watt University, is someone who has always been a natural at making things. That...
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...