At the Chippendale School, we pride ourselves on our family values. The school building and workshop was even built on the site of the family home by founder and former principal Anselm Fraser, who has now passed down the role of principal to son Tom Fraser.
Since we opened our doors in 1985, we have welcomed more than 500 students from over fifty countries around the world and now boast a global community of woodworkers.Read More
Sustainability should be an essential part of any business plan. With the ongoing climate emergency, woodworkers and furniture makers should be joining in the collective effort to go greener – but sustainability is also about creating a business that will last while benefitting its community, staff and customers.
Jamie Wemyss is a former Chippendale School student, and since graduating he has created JMW Furniture, a successful business with sustainability at its heart. We spoke to Jamie to find out how aspiring woodworkers and furniture business owners can craft the most sustainable business model.Read More
It’s well-known that some conventional routes into education just aren’t right for everyone. If you’ve mostly enjoyed marching to the beat of your own drum rather than toeing the conventional lines, you might find yourself looking for alternative pathways to further and higher education.Read More
Life’s unexpected twists and turns force us out of our comfort zones. Due to the current global health crisis, millions of people are left feeling like life is on hold through lockdown, furlough, and new-found home working.
If you’ve been spending recent days and weeks pondering what to do with your time and in the months after lockdown, a career change is likely to have crossed your mind.Read More
For many of our students, setting up shop as a furniture maker is a long-held dream. Opening a workshop and making beautiful pieces of furniture for appreciative customers – what could be better?
While this is certainly a reality for a lot of our graduates, they didn’t become successful furniture makers through being great woodworkers alone. They also spent time developing business skills to help them bring their dreams into fruition.Read More