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Waters & Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and Furniture School


Waters and Acland is an award winning and thriving commercial fine furniture workshop and Furniture school based in the English Lake District National Park. They specialise in bespoke commissions with each unique design being made by highly skilled cabinet makers, with meticulous craftsmanship, and without compromise.

The guiding principal of ‘perfection in the making’ is applied to both the commercial cabinet making workshop as well as the Waters and Acland Furniture School. It is fundamental in the goal of providing furniture courses of the highest standard.


Furniture School

A visit to our furniture school is the best way to see that Waters and Acland have established a world class furniture training facility with furniture design and furniture making courses of a quality a career can be based upon, in arguably the most beautiful part of England, the English Lake District.

Our furniture courses are full time. Our tutors are true Guild Mark winning master craftsman. The school is part of our thriving commercial workshop. Our students aim high and quickly create stunning work. A life changing experience! Contact us today to arrange a visit.


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Designer maker student Harry has been racing to finish his sideboard before his course comes to an end this week and I'm delighted to say that he has made it. It's 4pm so he's got a couple of hours left for a few final tweaks and maybe another coat of oil.

The hand carved door and drawer fronts are simply stunning.

Studio shots to follow over the coming weeks.
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It's so nice to receive such lovely feedback from students. It's appreciated Andrew and we really look forward to your return next summer. Keep practising!!!

Hi Will and Oliver,

It is too long since I left the school to be replying to thank you.
My excuse is that I wanted to include a few pictures of the goodies I brought home,
but as those pictures are still in my head rather than the camera I am writing briefly anyway!

Your school is outstanding. If I tried very hard to find a criticism, I would still fail. You combine
a quiet, efficient infrastructure with a friendly, positive atmosphere and truly outstanding tuition.
In Graham you have a real gem of a teacher who has the ability of a chess grand master to go round
all the different benches, instantly picking up the present and next required actions. And also,
sadly for me, the action you just forgot to do!

I am full of motivation, my order of tools has arrived from Classic Hand Tools. I will practice hard, and look forward to
another month with you next July. (Which reminds me - do you need a deposit to confirm?)

I will still send the pictures. In particular, I have plans for the Chinese puzzle which may
amuse / horrify you!

Please give my best wishes to Graham and everyone else. I follow you IG feed avidly!

All the best
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We have spaces available on our 1 week taster course commencing on the 22nd of August. A great opportunity for beginners or experienced makers alike to push their hand skills to another level. A big pile of fine shavings are a guarantee.

Call Oliver or Will on 01539 822852 for further details.

Picture 'Craftsman course student Andrew hard at work cutting mitred dovetails.'
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Andrew T is working steadily through the set projects on his craftsman course here at the furniture school. He's done a great job with the hand crafted stool project which may look simple but is deceptively tricky to make. The through joinery really pushes our students new found skills to their limits. There's just nowhere to hide with exposed joinery and I guess that's the point. Craftsmanship laid bare for all to see. A great test and a great result. Nice work Andrew. ... See MoreSee Less

Sycamore table legs. 3 of 5 waiting to be jointed before coming together to be the base of a 1.9m diameter dining table. Look easy? It's not!!!

Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school