furniture restoration

Victoria Meacham upholstery in progress

Upholstery 2020

We’re always looking to innovate at the Chippendale school.

From recently introducing our one-week introductory course and one-month intermediate course, to our fun and informative weekend woodturning courses.

Furniture restoration expert visits the Chippendale School of Furniture

This blog based on a conversation with Simon Macintyre, a visiting furniture restoration expert who runs his own restoration business in Sussex near London. Simon works on private furniture restoration and for the antique trade. It’s the ninth year that Simon has been running his course at the Chippendale School of Furniture. “The furniture school …

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The Chippendale School Adventure

A blog by Ashley Petersen who loves working with wood.

Ashley was employed by an advertising agency in New York, but always had a passion for furniture and knew she had to make it a part of her life.

“I started working with an antique furniture restorer in Queens in the evenings after work and completed a short woodworking class in Brooklyn. I learned how to French polish, replace missing veneer and how to repair gilding and loved every minute of it!

Making a contemporary four poster bed

A blog by Quentin Dimmer of Ghillie Dhu Furniture who graduated from the Chippendale International School of Furniture in 2011. While there Quentin won the students’ Best Design Award for his piece ‘A story teller’s chair – the Viking’s rocker’.

“I got the idea for making the four poster bed from a local antique dealer and friend of the family who suggested I make a four poster as they tend to sell well. I want to continue to make furniture that will eventually furnish an entire house.

I’ve made my bed

Melinda Schwakhofer, who graduated from The Chippendale International School of Furniture in 1999, built this bed as her final project on the furniture design, furniture making and furniture restoration course.

Melinda, who is now a fibre artist, created the headboard art quilt at the same time as the bed, which she calls ‘Enter the Forest of Dreams’. The bed quilt was created in 2012.

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