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Learning from each other

Learning from each other

Anselm Fraser, principal, Chippendale school Our professional course is all about teaching students the skills they’ll need for a career in fine woodworking. It’s a course that we’ve refined over the years, and an approach to teaching and learning that, we believe,...

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Of turtles and tortoiseshell

Of turtles and tortoiseshell

Our professional students have returned from their half-term break and this week are embarked on learning a centuries-old decorative technique. Once upon a time boulle work involved veneering tortoiseshell onto wood to create luxurious embellishments. It’s a process...

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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...

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A cabinet on the side

A cabinet on the side

Ross Cunnison is proving that a relatively simple piece of furniture can be made wonderful with creative talent and a lot of skill. Ross, originally from Stonehaven but now living in Edinburgh, came on our professional course after ten years working offshore in the...

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Setting personal goals and challenges

Setting personal goals and challenges

Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale school, is writing a series of exclusive articles for The Woodworker magazine.  Here's the second of his articles. Last month I looked at the mental benefits that woodworking can bring, citing a book Flow: The Psychology of...

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A curve in the garden

A curve in the garden

Tom Smyth from Bristol has taken inspiration for his steam-bent oak garden bench from recent work he carried out repairing the roof of a listed 400-year-old timber framed barn in Hampshire. Although the scale of the roofing project was rather different, the principles...

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An olive table

An olive table

Brian Crozier, originally from the Scottish Borders, is a former social worker and mental health officer. He’s now proving himself to be a gifted woodworker, and is embarked on making a beautifully-contoured dining table. He has a particular love of local hardwoods,...

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Veneers, marquetry, and parquetry

Veneers, marquetry, and parquetry

Last week we had the privilege of having the world-renowned veneering expert Scott Grove at the school. Scott, from New York State, is also an artist and craftsman who continues to pioneer new approaches to artistic expression and furniture design, and has been coming...

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Alan goes for gold

Alan goes for gold

Last week we celebrated a Golden Jubilee at the school. Well, to be precise, the 50th birthday of staff member Alan McGovern who has been with us for 35 years, having started out as an apprentice at the age of 15. Alan now is head tutor for our one-month intermediate...

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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