The Chippendale School Graduate Exhibition 2020

Despite the upheaval caused by Covid-19, our annual Graduate Exhibition and Sale was able to go ahead in 2020. Our yearly show is the opportunity for our graduating students to show the fruits of their labour following nine intensive months on the Professional Course.

We showcased the students’ fine furniture designs both at the school and online through our virtual show on our website between 14 October and 17 October 2020.

Graduate Exhibition Showreel

In 2020, due to the global pandemic, we held our first virtual show. The work was outstanding as always from the 30-week course graduates. Have a browse below…

It’s Showtime!

Tom Fraser School Principal kicks off the show with a mini school tour and show walk-through.

Group 1

Featuring work by:

  • James Bullen: Poplar in Hackney, Compass Rose, Surfer, Windsor Chair
  • Constance Graesslin: Dovetail Chair, Cabinet on Legs, Shelves mounted on a table
  • Alastair Smith: Superlifter, North Star, The Sakura
  • Trimaine Bothma: Crow’s Nest Coat Rack, Vaggie, Doll’s House Playset
  • Samuel Brilz: Harvest Moon Table, Vaulted Wing Desk

Group 2

Featuring work by:

  • Jason Hicks: Tonbo Cabinet, Ori Bench, Kirra Coffee Table, Ripple Drinks Cabinet
  • Tom Powell: Dovetail Coffee Table, Longship Bench, Braid Side Tables, Yakisugi Bird’s Table, Wonky Stool, Dovetail Shelving, Wedges Shelving System
  • Manuel Kalo: Table, Extension Table, Twisted Box, 2-legged stool
  • Hugh Ainsworth: Occassional Table, Drinks Cabinet, Chess Table, Butler Tray, Piano Console & Stool, Cheval Mirror

Group 3

Featuring work by:

  • Richard England: Winzer, Whisky Cabinet, Selette, Pointe
  • Bret Johnston: Extending Stacked Coffee Table, Chisel Box, Melting Table
  • Alice Caundle: Wedge Tables
  • Sam Alton: Just in time, Planetary Desk, Learning Curve, Nox Reclaimed
  • Stewart Musk: Lantivet Music Stand, Desk, Buchaille Bee Box, Stool, Windsor Chair

Group 4

Featuring work by:

  • Rob Goodburn: Locking up carbon, The Kneeling Maiden, Les Jumelles, Fonction Habitude Ladder X
  • Fraser Harley: Mirror, Day Bed, Full Circle, Set of stools
  • Darren Phillips: The Tiger and Dove, The Market Garden Cabinet
  • Fran Bullinger: The Forrest Cabinet, Ripple Coffee Table
  • David Marshall: Crafting Box, Metamorphic Table

Student Awards

Tom Powell was awarded Student of the Year for the exceptional furniture that he designed and made on the Professional Course.

Tom Fraser, School Principal says: “The furniture Tom designed and made demonstrated such a high level of technical ability, it is beautifully simple as well as being utterly functional.”

Further awards announced on graduation day are as follows:

  • Student’s choice: James Bullen
  • Best Design: Fran Bullinger
  • Marketing: Richard England
  • Public’s Choice: Stewart Musk



If you are looking to embark on a career change or you have an interest in the art of woodworking and furniture design, get in touch and arrange a visit.

Find Out More About Our Courses


Our professional course is ideal for those looking to pursue a career in fine furniture design and making. With 30 students, starting each year in October, taught by an in-house team of tutors and a range of visiting experts.


This intermediate course is the right choice for those looking to advance their existing skillset. With a syllabus that consists of a series of set projects, each packed with learning outcomes, the course is intensive and intimate with only 8 students to 3 tutors.


This course is for those who wish to come and design and make a piece of furniture. With a maximum of 4 students, these courses are popular with hobbyists and fill up fast. The complexity of the design will be dictated by the individual student’s level of experience.


Ideal for beginners, the introductory course covers a wide range of woodworking fundamentals. This is great way to get a taste of the teaching environment at Chippendale and is a popular choice for those interested in the 30-week professional course. Other 1-week courses include wood bending techniques, upholstery and restoration.


These courses provide the most accessible route into woodworking. Over 2 days, students can learn how to turn a stool on one of our woodturning weekends. Or, carve a set of wooden spoons on our spoon carving course.
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