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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.


This is designer maker student Davids first attempt at the incredibly complex Japanese twisted dovetail. A joint that requires supreme accuracy from start to finish. A joint that would test any cabinetmaker no matter how much experience they have. And what a result. David has absolutely nailed it. Not a gap in sight and crafted completely by hand. Sensational stuff.

If you, like David, have a passion for furniture making and in particular for making by hand then why not join us on our very first 'hand tools only' furniture making course. Starting in May of 2017 this 12 week course is for both beginners through to experienced furniture makers alike. Students will master the use of the finest hand tools whilst creating beautifully crafted pieces of fine furniture. This course is for the purist. It's for those that want to make purely by hand. No power tools allowed. It's just you, the tools and the most beautiful material of all. Wood.

For more information call 01539822852 or mail info@watersandacland.co.uk
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The Chinese puzzle project is done. It's now time for our designer maker students to concentrate on cutting that perfect dovetail joint. It's a real test of hand skills and a real test of how far they've come in just a couple of weeks in the workshop.

If you are inspired by what you see in our workshop and have a passion for crafting by hand then our new 12 week hand skills only course starts in May of next year. A full 12 week course dedicated to the art of cabinet making but without the use of a single power tool. This is one for the purist. Just you. The tools and the most beautiful material of all. Wood.!!!
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We just can't keep designer makers student Fer away from the carving tools and rasps. She just loves to shape by hand. She's getting pretty good at it too... ... 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!!!

These are a few of the results of yesterdays technical practise day here in the furniture school. Head maker Tim Smith spent the day guiding our designer maker students through various methods of laminating. Digging deep into the use of various materials, formers, vacuum bags and adhesives. Our designer maker students had a play with freeform laminating of veneer and had great fun with the bespoke vacuum bags.

It's not about the details at this stage of the designer maker course but more about inspiration. Letting the students know what is possible. Inspiring future designs.
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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our 12 week Made by Hand 'Craftsman Course'. A course devoted to hand skills. A course designed for both total beginners through to experienced makers alike. A course with a clear goal. To master the use of fine hand tools and to create beautiful furniture without the aid of power tools. This is cabinet making in it's purest form. Just you, the tools and the most beautiful material of all. Wood!

The course content has not yet been updated on the the website so please call Oliver or Will on 01539 822852 or email info@watersandacland.co.uk for more details.
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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!!!

Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school