This year’s award went to Isaac Young from Suffolk, whose drinks cabinet, complete with a complex opening mechanism, is designed to look like the kind of safe that a bank would keep its money in overnight.
It comprises MDF veneered with wenge wood, a dark wood that lends a striking pattern and patina to the piece – and is all the more remarkable since Isaac came to the Chippendale school straight from school, and who proves that you can be a great cabinetmaker at any age.
Isaac’s first project was a walnut and olive ash sideboard cabinet comprising well over 400 precisely cut pieces of wood to form tambour doors, with each strip of walnut fixed to a flexible backing of artists’ canvas.
Inside his award-winning drinks safe are CNC wooden gears that release the safe’s security rods and allow the door to be opened – with an interior LED light that automatically clicks on and off.
Isaac had some woodworking experience before coming to us, having a father who is a keen amateur woodworker.
Isaac is now returning to Ipswich in Suffolk to open his own furniture and cabinet making business, Osbourne & Young.
Read more about Isaac here