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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.


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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It was great to see ex designer maker student Chris Wiseman featured in the recent Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine. His amazing 'Oak Within' sideboard made during his time here at the school became the latest winner of The Best Use of British Timber Award at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design exhibition in Cheltenham. A brilliant achievement for such a newcomer to the world of designing and making furniture. Even more amazing as the competition was open to all the exhibitors, the vast majority of which were professional and vastly experienced designer makers.

CCD director, Jason Heap was delighted with the award: "It's a fantastic achievement for Chris Wiseman, a student who has just completed his training, to have produced such a wonderful piece from beautiful British sycamore and oak."

We agree wholeheartedly!
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Angus and the rest of team UK have returned from Euro Skills in Gothenburg. Having competed hard for three days Angus looked pretty exhausted and although he was disappointed not to 'podium' as they say at the Olympics he should be very proud of his achievements. Proud of being selected as the sole UK representative in cabinet making and also proud to have received a medallion of excellence. These medallions of excellence are awarded to those competitors that reach a very high standard during the competition which is evidence that he must have been incredibly close to a medal position.

The actual scores are released soon and it will be interesting to see how close the competition actually was, but regardless of points Angus will have gained great experience which will help him with his on going push to be selected for team UK at next years World Skills event in Abu Dhabi.

Well done Angus.
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These through and chamfered dovetails were a real test of designer maker student Davids skill and patience. He passed both of these tests with flying colours. ... 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!!!

Returning student Jim Cooper has just completed this gorgeous pair of boxes made from ripple sycamore and cherry. Simple details perfectly executed. Just 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!!!

Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school