Furniture School

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The Waters and Acland Furniture School is dedicated to providing fine furniture training of exceptional quality. Our training facilities lie at the heart of our thriving commercial workshops and the workshop principal of ‘Perfection in the making’ is carried into the design and implementation of all that we offer within the furniture school. Whether you choose the one week ‘cabinet making course’ to get a feel for the quality achievable, set your sights on mastering hand skills on the ‘craftsman course’ or aim for true mastery on both the ‘master craftsman’ and ‘designer makers courses’, we have put much thought into establishing cabinet making courses that work for all. Individually tailored courses with small numbers of students and a dedicated team of time served teaching staff ensure that each student gets the attention they require, at all times.


LATE AVAILABILITY on our 2017/18 designer maker course. Due to a last minute drop out on our designer maker course starting on September 4th, Yes, that's in just 3 weeks time, we are offering a £2000 discount to anyone able to take the available place. Choose either 1, 2 or all 3 terms of the intense designer maker course. As it's such late notice we will also throw in a starter tool kit worth over £500.

Give me a call on 07772447362 or email

An exciting journey awaits.
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The 'Shaw' table is the latest piece to be completed by Tim Smith in the professional bench room. This stunning dining table is 2.4 metres in length and is made from clean English ash. A sophisticated and subtle design by designer and design tutor Will Acland. ... See MoreSee Less

We still have a couple of places left on our 1 week course starting on the 21st of August 2017. Why not join us for a week of mastering the core woodworking hand skills in our Lake District furniture school. Call Oliver or Will on 01539822852 for further details. Alternatively drop us a mail at ... See MoreSee Less

It was sad to see designer maker student Fer leave the furniture school this week. She has been a fantastic student who has a real passion for furniture making and design. This passion for creativity and her absolute determination to make things to the very best of her ability is illustrated brilliantly in these amazing bedside cabinets. What a triumph. What a way to bow out. In real style!!!!

Don't be a stranger Fer. You will be missed.
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What a beautiful piece and what a stunning achievement for somebody who has only being designing and making furniture for a few months. Designer maker student Mark Dunning put passion and tremendous energy into his time here at the furniture school. This piece is testament to what can be achieved when you combine those ingredients with some high quality teaching. Well done Mark. You should be very proud of this fine sideboard. It's a stunner. ... See MoreSee Less

Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school


Furniture school highlights include:

The Lake District is an awe inspiring place to live and work

Tuition is tailored to the individual and largely given one on one

High tutor to student ratio with strictly limited student numbers

Our dedicated team of tutors are passionate about furniture

The furniture school is located within our thriving commercial workshops

Furniture Design is at the heart of all our courses

Spacious workshop facilities

Highest quality equipment throughout the school

Our inspiring collection of hand tools is available for all to use

Flexible start dates throughout the year