The Chippendale School Graduate Exhibition 2021

Our 2021 Graduate Exhibition & Fine Furniture Sale took place Wednesday 08 to Saturday 11 September 2021.

We showcased our students’ work in person and online for the second year running – previously it was only on campus!

Enjoy browsing the videos below to see the fruits of our 30-week professional course graduates’ labour.

Graduate Exhibition Showreel

If you couldn’t make it to the 2021 Exhibition, you can peruse the incredible fine furniture designs that were on display here.

Welcome from School Principal

An introduction from Tom Fraser School Principal, followed by a showcase of student designs from our first group of graduates.

Graduate testimonial

Helena Robson shares her experience of the intensive 30-week professional course.

Group 1

A showcase of outstanding fine furniture designs from:

  • Thomas Hamill, Northern Ireland
  • Ivan Zakharov, Russia
  • Oded Strauss, Israel
  • Gary Stewart, UK
  • Chris Taylor, UK
  • Ian Swain, UK

Group 2

A showcase of outstanding fine furniture designs from:

  • Josh Cadman, UK
  • Helena Robson, UK
  • Sally Prowitt, USA
  • Alasdair Izat, UK
  • Iain Stirling, UK
  • James Weir, UK


From 2023 Graduate, Lennert Koch

Group 3

A showcase of outstanding fine furniture designs from:

  • Anna Patxot Bertran, Switzerland
  • John Heuchan, UK
  • George Young, UK
  • Alison Thacker, UK
  • Benedict Barbour, UK

A tutor’s take

Tutor and furniture maker Ben Dawson on this year’s Exhibition

Group 4:

A showcase of outstanding fine furniture designs from:

  • Allan Ferguson, UK
  • Lennert Koch, Holland
  • Bernardo Rosique-Perez, Mexico
  • Simon Akroyd, UK
  • Sharon Brew, UK
  • Scott Begg, UK

Thank you!

See you next time…


If you are looking to embark on a career change or you have an interest in the art of woodworking and furniture design, get in touch and arrange a visit.

Find Out More About Our Courses


Our professional course is ideal for those looking to pursue a career in fine furniture design and making. With 30 students, starting each year in October, taught by an in-house team of tutors and a range of visiting experts.


This intermediate course is the right choice for those looking to advance their existing skillset. With a syllabus that consists of a series of set projects, each packed with learning outcomes, the course is intensive and intimate with only 8 students to 3 tutors.


This course is for those who wish to come and design and make a piece of furniture. With a maximum of 4 students, these courses are popular with hobbyists and fill up fast. The complexity of the design will be dictated by the individual student’s level of experience.


Ideal for beginners, the introductory course covers a wide range of woodworking fundamentals. This is great way to get a taste of the teaching environment at Chippendale and is a popular choice for those interested in the 30-week professional course. Other 1-week courses include wood bending techniques, upholstery and restoration.


These courses provide the most accessible route into woodworking. Over 2 days, students can learn how to turn a stool on one of our woodturning weekends. Or, carve a set of wooden spoons on our spoon carving course.
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