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Waters & Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and Furniture School



Furniture

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.

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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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We loved the way the clean lines of designer maker student Craig's bedside cabinet contrast with the waney or live edges (as the Americans say) of the yew drawer fronts. We think the solution to the shaped drawer front meeting the drawer sides was a particular success. ... 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!!!

We do like chairs and stools here in the workshop and school. These are a few chair images selected from the 2016 review that I am currently running on our Instagram feed. If you don't follow us on Instagram already then you should. It's by far the best way to keep a close eye on day to day life here at Waters and Acland. Take a look at: www.instagram.com/watersandacland/?ref=badge ... See MoreSee Less

Continuing the 2016 review these are a few pictures from some of the 1 week taster courses that ran earlier this year. If you would like to join us for a taster week we have places available for the weeks commencing the 10th of April and the 21st of August 2017. A serious improvement in your skill with the core woodworking hand tools and a big pile of fluffy shavings are guaranteed. The course fee is £725 and places are limited. Get in touch with Oliver or Will on 01539 822852 or via email at info@watersandacland.co.uk if you would like to know more. The course is open to total beginners as well as those already involved in woodwork. ... 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!!!

Carrying on the 2016 review these shots show Harry hard at work hand cutting drawer dovetails. Even though he was at the point of the course that he could choose to use machines and portable power tools to help him, Harry decided to make his cabinet completely by hand.

If you are interested in spending time in the workshop and school why not join us on one of our 1 week taster courses in 2017. Places are still available on the weeks commencing the 10th of April and the 21st of August.
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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!!!

Over the coming weeks I am going to post a series of images highlighting the goings on in the workshop and furniture school over the passed 12 months. A kind of 2016 review!

This shot from the first week in January shows the super crisp dovetails and flowing finger pull detail from designer maker student Chris Wisemans 'Oak Within" sideboard.

If you would like to join the furniture school why not attend one of our 1 week taster courses. Running on the weeks commencing the 10th of April and 21st of August 2017, these are a fantastic way of improving your core skills and getting a real feel for the way we teach here at Waters and Acland Workshop and Furniture School. Contact Will or Oliver on 01539822852 or via email at info@watersandacland.co.uk for further details.
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Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school