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eion gibbs Chippendale school

Professional, intermediate

Eion Gibbs, who graduated from our professional course in June, was also our first intermediate course student. He first came to us on our month-long course while recovering from malaria. He’d been working as a film cameraman on two charitable projects, the Kilimanjaro Project and Trees 4 Kilimanjaro. Both charities are highlighting the environmental damage …

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Kent Turner Chippendale school

Stribh to overcome

Some students come to us straight from school, but many leave it a few years before enrolling at the Chippendale school. Many feel pressured to go into higher education and then into a job that they find unfulfilling. That’s when it becomes a choice between the conventional or following their dreams. We believe at the …

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How falling out of a tree led to a love of wood

An interview with Seonaid Denholm who set up a furniture making business in a Chippendale Incubator unit after graduating from the Chippendale Furniture School.

“I fell out of a tree aged 9. Here I am, 14 years later, a few less broken bones but still playing around with wood!”

What sort of work were you doing before becoming a student at the Chippendale School of Furniture? Why did you choose furniture making?

“Prior to September 2010 I was a studying economic and social history at the University of Manchester, and working part time as a chef. Had I graduated a few years earlier the career path would have been very different; I would have a PGDE and be teaching primary school (well I would have hoped to have been). The pessimistic state of the economy dictated otherwise.”

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