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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.


Andrew has just completed his four week furniture making course here at the furniture school. It's been lovely to watch Andrew working closely with head tutor Graham Loveridge. Andrews skill and confidence with hand tools have grown day by day, and most importantly it has been clear to me that he has enjoyed each and every minute within the school. We look forward greatly to Andrew joining us for another 4 weeks next summer.

SUMMER COURSES: We still have limited availability for our 1 week courses running on the weeks commencing the 18th and 25th of July and the 15th and 22nd of August 2016. Call us on 01539822852 or mail info@watersandacland for further details.
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It's been a while, but the upholstery for v3 of our 14-12 chair is due to arrive in the workshop next week. An epic project in which nearly 1000 layers of dyed Tabu veneer were laminated, twisted, shaped and jointed into this most technical and sophisticated of chairs. ... 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!!!

Rhiannon and her father Steve have joined us for a 1 week taster course all the way from Australia. It's a pretty intense week for Steve who is an amateur woodworker but for Rhiannon this is all new and there is so much to learn. Judging by the focus on her face she seems to be getting what we are all about here in the school. Concentrated, accurate and crisp cabinet making. ... See MoreSee Less

As designer maker student Chris reaches the end of his epic games box project I'm going to post some teaser pictures. All work in progress shots at this stage but all stunning.

Chris has become a great maker. Passionate, determined and now with a very high level of making skill. These boxes will be a true showcase for his talents.
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Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school