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Scottish referendum meets furniture in cabinet of ideas

It was described as “an iconic piece of furniture of both national and international importance,” by Professor Richard Demarco, one of Europe’s leading advocates of contemporary art, at its unveiling at an Edinburgh art gallery this week. The intricately-inlaid cabinet tells an interwoven story of Scotland’s heritage and history, and of its place in the …

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Some of the Things that Make our Furniture Design Course Stand Out

Do you dream of building a rewarding career in professional furniture design and restoration? There are still some places on our furniture making and furniture restoration course starting this October 2013. Our feedback suggests that our courses are that little bit different: 1. We teach you up to 80 woodworking techniques in just 9 months …

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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.”

Chippendale Furniture Making School teaches the ancient skills of wood carving

An interview with Charles Oldham, fine wood carver and member of the Master Carvers’ Association.

Charles Oldham, a master wood carver, believes passionately in preserving the ancient skills he learned from an older generation of carvers; teaching woodworking students at the Chippendale International School of Furniture provides an opportunity to pass on these skills.

Charles Oldham specialises in restoration, architectural wood carving, letter cutting, carved and gilded ornaments, and gesso cutting. Charles has worked on a number of high profile restoration projects amongst them Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Spenser House and Tredegar House.

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