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Waters & Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and Furniture School



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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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In our professional work we are always striving for perfection. Perfection across every mm of every piece. From the feet to the very top of a 7ft wardrobe, every mm will be given the upmost attention. These tiny touch ups and surfaces sanded to an impeccable finish may never be seen by our clients, but they will be seen by us. Many would say that this is foolhardy. In a world obsessed with money why spend hours if not days making sure details only ever seen by the odd house spider are so exquisitely finished. Well I guess the answer is about the standards you set for yourself. The standards you set for your workshop. We have always wanted to create the antiques of the future. We have always wanted to be regarded as one of the finest cabinet making workshop in the country if not the world. We are passionate about striving for perfection and long may it continue...

And these aren't shots of the finished piece. Just everyday work in progress shots. These little images are all around us here in the workshop and furniture school. It's easy to forget how lucky we are!
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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 we will be running a couple of days focussing on relief carving in contemporary furniture making. In preparation our head tutor Graham Loveridge and design tutor Will Acland have been working on some samples. Aren't they beautiful!!! ... 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!!!

Craigs chair is looking fantastic. It's all about final shaping and finishing from here on in. It's going to be fun seeing the final shapes emerge. Some big decisions to come from Craig, as well as a real test of his hand skills. Creating accurate and flowing shapes is far from easy!!! ... 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!!!

An immense amount of work has gone into designer maker student Chris Wisemans' oak games box. So much hidden complexity. I guess it takes effort to make a real masterpiece and Chris is giving it a go. This piece is going to be very, very special. ... 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!!!

Craig is using his chair project to focus his learning on a couple of key technical areas. Jig making (for both router and spindle moulder) and shaping (both hand and using power tools). It's this combination of hand skills and the technical use of woodwork machinery that is key to the modern day cabinet maker. The ability to create precise joints is clearly a necessity. The technical knowledge of what is possible certainly helps. The ability to see a shape and create it relying on a good eye and hand skills is the icing on the cake. ... 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