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.


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


We still have places left on our summer taster course. This is a great opportunity to spend time in our workshop and furniture school, to master some of the core woodworking hand skills, to start your woodworking journey or to really up your woodworking game.

For more information give us a call on 01539 822852 or drop us a mail at

It's time to make some beautiful fine shavings!!!
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A few of the studio shots of Paul Keating's amazing walnut and oak coffee table with drawers. This piece is made to the very highest of standards. The finish really is exceptional. ... See MoreSee Less

Lot's of pieces coming together in the furniture school. The culmination of months of work from our designer maker students. ... See MoreSee Less

Some high quality work coming to a conclusion in the furniture school at the moment. If you would like to spend time here at the school why not join us for our summer taster course. 1 week of precision woodworking starting on the 21st of August. Drop us an email at for further details or to reserve your place. ... 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