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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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Dovetails, dovetails, dovetails!!! Yesterday the students came off their main projects and spent a full day practising cutting dovetails off the saw. Graham usually teaches the students to cut close to the line and then pare with a chisel so this 'off the saw' method may not be the one the students use going forward but the practise day will certainly focus the mind on accurate sawing technique.

We are proud of the quality of hand skills achieved by our students and this selection of student project shots demonstrates some pretty impressive dovetail cutting.
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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!!!

We pride ourselves on making the workshop a fun place to work and study. It helps when Angus brings in cake!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Interesting goings on in the student bench room. Designer maker student Chris is playing with grain in his latest pieces. I'm not going to give much away, I'm just going to upload a few pictures each week and all will become clear. It's certainly going to be spectacular. ... 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!!!

Designer maker student Harry has been busy at the Lathe today creating drawer pulls. The details are important and Harry is graduating the size of the pulls. A nice touch and well worth the extra effort. ... 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!!!

Designer maker student (well bespoke 4 month version) James has flown through the set projects. This beautiful ash occasional table was made in just over a week and that includes big chunks of time spent one on one with head tutor Graham in the machine room learning both machine use and health and safety. No rest though. His drawings for his walnut cabinet are now complete and its straight back onto the machines. This project includes 'piston fit' drawers so will push his making skills to the limits. Thats the idea!!! ... 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