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Skill and inspiration

Skill and inspiration

To be a successful woodworker you need to have skill in abundance, and that’s what we teach on our professional course at the Chippendale school. We teach all the practical things about cutting and fashioning wood into beautiful furniture, and we teach all the skills...

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The last week of term

The last week of term

Students on our professional course learn something new every day. That was true of last week, as in any week, with our students now having departed for the Christmas break. With the professional course only lasting 30 weeks, we have to cram in as much as we can into...

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Colour matching

Colour matching

Furniture making usually involves things like dovetails and band-saws, although it can sometimes mean handling the most delicate of paintbrushes. It usually happens when a broken piece of furniture needs a new section to be attached, or when its surface patina has...

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Putting the horse before the cat

Putting the horse before the cat

A student who graduated earlier this year is shortly to fashion new legs for a 2,000-year-old terracotta horse. Dr Phillip Prager from Luxembourg, a former assistant professor of aesthetics at the IT University in Copenhagen and a published expert on the nature of...

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Restoring the past

Restoring the past

Graduates on our professional course leave the Chippendale school with all sorts of different ambitions for their futures. Some want to specialise in kitchen design and building, others want to concentrate on fine furniture, and others will see how their businesses...

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Twisting barley

Twisting barley

It’s one of the oldest forms of wooden decoration and still popular today in candlestick design or on the legs of tables and chairs. The temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, thought to have been destroyed some 500 years BC, was reputedly adorned with spiral Solomonic...

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Surfing through Christmas exhibition

Surfing through Christmas exhibition

Frazer Reid, owner of FAR Cabinet Makers, will be exhibiting at Cambo Stables in Fife until the 15th December. He has two passions in life - woodworking and surfing, and when he set up in business the obvious thing to do was to combine the two. “I therefore get to do...

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The high road to Highwood

The high road to Highwood

We’re always delighted to feature the work of former students, particularly one as talented as Colin Bate who now runs Highwood Furniture. So talented is Colin that he was voted Students’ Choice Student of the Year 2017, and has gone on to set up his business in...

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Building with bricks

Building with bricks

It’s called brick building but it’s really an exercise in learning how to fashion many pieces of wood into one geometrically perfect circle. That was our two-day learning challenge this week, giving our students just 48 hours to fashion 32 carefully-cut pieces of pine...

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A month to change your life

A month to change your life

We only launched our one-month intermediate course at the start of this year, but we’re already taking bookings through to the middle of next year. Our intermediate students this year have come from the UK, Brazil and Germany – and students next year are coming from...

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Chippendale International School of Furniture, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4JA, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

T: +(44) 0 1620 810680
E: info@chippendale.co.uk

Chippendale International School of Furniture, Gifford, East Lothian, EH41 4JA, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

T: +(44) 0 1620 810680
E: info@chippendale.co.uk