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 intermediate fine furniture making course at Chippendale International School of Furniture (no prior woodworking experience required).Read More
A new year doesn’t always bring with it new trends, but January does provide an ideal time to look at and consider the shifts and swings of what’s ‘current’ in the woodworking world.
Trends are by no means prescriptive at the Chippendale School, where every student is encouraged to find their own signature style – however, it can be fun and informative to look at what is in vogue for a dose of fresh inspiration.
With this in mind, School Principal Tom Fraser has examined the woodworking trends that look set to stick around in 2023.Read More
For new woodworkers and furniture makers just starting out, there are so many questions to answer and potential pitfalls to navigate – one of the most obvious (and most important!) is where to source your wood, and how to go about it.
The simple questions are often the vital ones, and there’s nothing more important to a woodworker than where they get their raw material. Chippendale School Principal, Tom Fraser, has many years of experience sourcing wood for our School – read his top tips for buying wood below.Read More
Every year at the Chippendale School, we welcome dozens of people who have decided to swap their previous careers for the fulfilling journey of furniture making.
One of these career-changers was John Heuchan (Laurel & Wood) who joined us on our 2020/21 Professional Course. Before the pandemic hit, John worked in the construction sector, however, in 2020 he began to re-consider his career choice.
Keep reading to hear from John on what his woodworking journey has been like so far…Read More
We have long known that woodworking and fine furniture making offer a brilliant career choice – and over the last few years, it seems that others are picking up on this too!
Since 2019, the Chippendale School’s team has seen a surge in demand for woodworking courses, and, despite the challenges associated with the rising cost of living, this trend shows no sign of slowing.Read More
You’ve lovingly perfected your woodworking skills, put in the hours in the workshop, and finessed your style – it’s finally time to start selling your furniture!
For many new owners of furniture making businesses, how to price furniture will be first on your list of queries.
It’s vital that you cost your work fairly to ensure your hard work is being appropriately rewarded. Here Tom Fraser, Principal of the Chippendale School, offers his advice on how to price your furniture.Read More