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A Swiss chalet. Nothing but pine.

Former Chippendale School of Furniture student Matthew Meyerhoff and father Doug, Graham Davies (the school’s senior tutor), and Anselm Fraser spent two weeks during the summer in the Swiss Alps renovating a derelict, 250 year old, pine chalet. The experience proved what the Swiss can do with ‘nothing but pine’ available as a building material.

Armed Forces Grant of up to £2,000 towards Chippendale School of Furniture Fees

UK service men and women from the Army, Navy and RAF may now qualify for a grant of £1,000 to £2,000 towards their Chippendale International School of Furniture fees, because the Furniture School is now an Approved Learning Provider under the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) Scheme.

“I’m looking forward to inviting more retired or redundant members of the Armed Forces onto our 9 month furniture making course,” says Anselm Fraser, the Furniture School Principal.

The Strategy of Creativity

Chippendale School of Furniture’s Anselm Fraser fuses big sky thinking with commercial savvy
Main part of a feature published in Good Woodworking in Growth Rings in October 2011. Reproduced with thanks. Words: Darren Loucaides. Photos: Dave Roberts.

As mist settles on the hills surrounding this secluded spot in Gifford, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, it feels like we’ve happened upon a deserted country house. Chippendale International School of Furniture is out for summer, and stalking around its exhibition hall, quiet but for our footfall thundering across the rugged floorboards, the atmosphere is eerie. Perhaps we’re hearing distant echoes, glimpses of movement just beyond our vision – hints of the life that usually fills the place.

Chippendale Furniture Students Grow Movember Moustaches

This year’s 20 new furniture students at the Chippendale International School of Furniture all grew impressive moustaches during ‘Movember’; even the ladies enhanced their upper lips although they had to resort to hand crafting their creations from wood shavings. The team effort raised nearly £500 for the Prostate Cancer Charity. Go to our Facebook page …

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Chippendale School of Furniture gilder teaches students to show off

An interview with Gareth Evans, a gilder and restorer, who spends two weeks each year teaching gilding to Chippendale School of Furniture students.

Gareth Evans studied painting at St Martin’s College of Art in London which he loved. Afterwards, he worked with a friend at a gilding workshop on Fulham Road. He went on to gild alongside Paul Ferguson, President of the Master Gilders’ Association. Next, with a little help from the Prince’s Trust, Gareth set up his own gilding workshop in West Wales.

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