Apply for our Intermediate (4-week) Course bursary  


Are you interested in the craft of fine furniture making? Would you like to build woodworking skills with the fun and creativity of learning something new? If so, apply for this amazing opportunity to get a fully funded space on the 4-week fine furniture making course at the Chippendale International School of Furniture (no prior woodworking experience required).

The Chippendale International School of Furniture is a place full of creativity and passion for the craft of furniture design and woodworking. The School is nestled in the heart of the East Lothian countryside, 3.5 miles from Haddington.

This is an exceptional opportunity for both absolute beginners and those with existing woodworking experience. It will give you a taste of being a woodworker and hopefully the desire to pursue it further.

What does the Intermediate course involve?  

You will be taught 4 weeks of furniture designing and making by Alan McGovern and Fiona Gilfillan, both skilled cabinet makers with numerous years of experience. You will design a piece of furniture and develop the skills required to make it, including: 

–       Laying out your design and making a cutting list

–       Using workshop machinery such as a table saw, planer, bandsaw, mitre saw and router

–       Making wood joints by hand and using machines

–       Sharpening hand tools 

Time permitting, you may make an additional small piece such as a small box.

The details    

School fees will be fully funded through a scholarship. Transport / accommodation / food & drink is not provided and must be self-funded. Before applying, please take this into consideration.

Who: Applicants need to be aged 18 and over.

When: 29 May – 23 June 2023

Chosen applicants must commit to 100% attendance for the full 4 weeks.

It is essential that applicants ensure they can commute to the workshop Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 16:30. For public transport options by bus, try the Traveline journey planner using the school’s postcode EH41 4JA as your destination.  

There is a 123 bus that goes between Haddington and Gifford. On the way to the school in the morning, it stops close to the school’s entrance, however, in the evening you have to walk down to Gifford (approx. 20-25 mins) to catch the 123 bus back to Haddington.

How:  To apply for this bursary, click or tap ‘Get Now’ and complete the form.  Successful applicants will be informed after the closing date.

Applications close:  31 March 2023

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