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Fiona FeeMade Chippendale school

Spalted console

A simple fact about bespoke furniture is that good design sells. That’s a lesson that Fiona Gilfillan, one of recent professional course graduates has learned. During her course, she made a spalted Sycamore and Elm console table, which sold at the graduate exhibition. She was then commissioned by another customer to make a second console …

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Stephen Barr Brexit cabinet Chippendale school

Brexit divides cabinet

Stephen Barr, one of our recent professional course graduates, first came to the school on a one-week introductory course. It’s a good way for potential professional woodworkers to see if they really do have sawdust in their veins. And if they do, and enrol onto our professional course, the introductory course fees are deducted. It’s …

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Gordon Young Chippendale school

Gordon’s Twin Tree

We’re often asked how we can turn novices into professional woodworkers in only 30 weeks. The answer is that we have the very best teaching methods and staff. Our professional course has been running for well over thirty years. So, we have learned what works to ensure that our graduates have all the skills they …

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Matthew McGlone Chippendale school

Form and function

Our students at the Chippendale school become good woodworkers by learning the rules of good furniture design. However, we also encourage them to then tear up the rule book. Because great furniture design can also be about incorporating the right level of quirky surprise. It’s about making something that is entirely functional, and then adding …

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