Furniture Making Courses

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The Waters and Acland fine furniture school brings to the tuition of furniture making courses the same level of passion, expertise and attention to detail that is put into the design, build and finish of every Waters and Acland bespoke commission. As with all our bespoke work ‘Perfection in the making’ is our guiding principal and a visit to our furniture school is highly recommended to see the quality of both the workshop facilities and the furniture making  courses available.
The furniture school offers a range of furniture making courses from the one week craftsmanship taster course, to our 12 week Made by Hand ‘Craftsman Course’ for those dedicated to making purely by hand (no power tools here), right through to the 44 week designer maker course. Each furniture making course is designed to accommodate people of varying starting abilities from total beginners to time served cabinet makers. With limited student numbers and a dedicated team of tutors, individual tailored tuition is the starting point. Add to this our verging on evangelical belief that one on one hand skills training is essential for those striving for ‘Perfection in the making’ and our courses are ready to start creating the hand tool masters, master cabinet makers and furniture designer makers of the future.

Craftmanship Taster Course 1 Week

This one week furniture making course is designed for both beginners and those with previous furniture making experience alike. It’s also a great option for those wanting to get a feel for what life is like in the school before committing to one of our longer format courses. It’s an intense and fun week!

Your week within the furniture school will guide and inspire you to make things to professional standards. You will learn how to select and fine tune hand tools that will then be used to produce, completely by hand, a small but finely crafted piece to take home.
As the furniture school is based at the heart of our award winning cabinet making workshop and school you will be encouraged to observe, touch, feel and admire the production of the Guild Mark quality furniture being crafted by our dedicated and highly skilled team of cabinet makers as well as our current and inspiring crop of ‘Designer maker course’ students.

 

Book Now

contact us leaving your details and preferred start dates and we will be in touch to discuss availability.

Fees

Course fees are £725
All material costs are included but not meals and accommodation.

Course dates

Click here for course dates and availability.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions are available by downloading our application form.

Download Application form

Visiting

A visit to the workshops and Fine Furniture School will allow you to see first hand the exceptional quality of our furniture school and cabinet making workshop facilities here in the Lake District. Please contact us to discuss any further details or to arrange a visit.

Course Content
Hand tool selection
Sharpening of hand tools
Using marking and measuring tools
Perfect planing and chiselling
Understanding workshop drawings
Timber selection
Understanding jointing techniques
Practice joints
Final project

Students Typical Day

All our furniture making courses can be tailored to meet the goals of students at all levels of expertise from total beginners to practicing professionals. Please contact us to book your place.

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Craftsman Course 3 Month

The course for the purist. The maker with a passion for crafting completely by hand. The maker with a love of hand tools and a desire to step away from power tools and woodworking machinery. This is just you, your tools and the most beautiful material of all. Wood!!!

At the heart of all fine furniture is a cabinet maker whose mastery of fine hand tools is exceptional. The ‘craftsman’ furniture making course is based on small group sizes, a high tutor to student ratio and lots of one on one tuition in the art of selecting, fine tuning and using a range of fine hand tools. Each student will have their own, or access to our, incredible array of hand tools. They will be guided through the process of fine tuning, sharpening and using each tool to give ultimate control. Complex joinery is studied and practised to produce perfect crisp joints and a series of Waters and Acland projects are undertaken, each selected to introduce a further level of skill and technique. Students on the craftsman course will leave with not only a wealth of knowledge and experience but also a selection of finely crafted pieces.
As with all our furniture making courses the student bench room is at the heart of our award winning cabinet making workshops and school. This allows  students within the furniture school to interact on a daily basis with the inner workings of a professional cabinet making workshop and our master cabinet makers encourage our students to observe closely the techniques used when making Guild mark quality furniture.

Book Now

contact us leaving your details and preferred start dates and we will be in touch to discuss availability.

Fees

Course fees are £6750
All material costs for set projects are included but not meals and accommodation. Special accommodation rates available.

In addition to the course fees you will need to cover the cost of purchasing your own collection of fine hand tools. We estimate this to be between £1000-2000.

Course dates

Click here for course dates and current availability.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions are available by downloading our application form.

Download Application form

Visiting

A visit to the cabinet making workshops and Fine Furniture School will allow you to see first hand the exceptional quality of our  furniture school and workshop facilities here in the Lake District. Please contact us to discuss any further details or to arrange a visit.

Course Content
Hand tool selection
Sharpening of hand tools
Using marking and measuring tools
Perfect planing and chiselling
Understanding workshop drawings
Timber selection
Understanding jointing techniques
Practice joints
Waters and Acland ‘starter’
Projects (breadboards/Chinese puzzle/dovetailed book ends)
Glue up and cramping techniques
Final project (wall hanging cabinet)
Fine finishing (the perfect hand applied finish)

Students Typical Day

All our furniture making courses can be tailored to meet the goals of students at all levels of expertise from total beginners to practicing cabinet makers. Please contact us to book your place.

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Craftsman Course 6 Months

THE 6 MONTH COURSE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Building on the skills learned by following the ‘craftsman’ furniture making course (see above), the ‘master craftsman’ furniture making course introduces and through small group and largely one on one tuition, guides students through the safe and accurate use of machine tools.
A further series of Waters and Acland projects are undertaken which push the makers hand skills even further but that also provide a solid grounding in the use of both hand held power tools and heavy machinery. Centuries old cabinet making techniques for perfectly fitting drawers and accurately fitting cabinet doors are introduced whilst hand shaping, carving, veneering and marquetry may also be achieved.
In any six month period within the Waters and Acland furniture school students will feel very much part of the workings of an award winning cabinet making workshop. Guild mark quality furniture will be designed, created and often exhibited within the commercial workshop and our students are encouraged to feel part of this process. A series of visits to furniture and design exhibitions, museums, historic houses, timber suppliers and other workshops are optional and for those with design ambitions Will Acland hosts regular design seminars and Q and A sessions.
The master craftsman furniture making course seeks to provide an in depth knowledge in all areas of fine furniture making whilst allowing our students to create a series of beautifully designed and perfectly made pieces of fine furniture to take home.

Book Now

contact us leaving your details and preferred start dates and we will be in touch to discuss availability.

Fees

Course fees are £10,000
All materials for set projects  are included but not meals and accommodation.
In addition to the course fees you will need to cover the cost of purchasing your own collection of fine hand tools. We estimate this to be between £1000-2000.

Course dates

Start dates are available throughout the year.
contact us for more details.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions are available by downloading our application form.

Download Application form

Visiting

A visit to the workshops and Fine Furniture School will allow you to see first hand the exceptional quality of our fine furniture school and cabinet making workshop facilities here in the Lake District. Please contact us to discuss any further details or to arrange a visit.

Course Content
Hand tool selection
Sharpening of hand tools
Using marking and measuring tools
Perfect planing and chiselling
Practice joints
Understanding workshop drawings
Timber selection
Waters and Acland ‘starter ’Projects (breadboards/Chinese puzzle/dovetailed book ends)
Creating workshop drawings
Glue up and cramping techniques
Fine finishing
Machine tools: Techniques and Safety guidance
Hand held Power Tools: Techniques and Safety guidance
Waters and Acland ‘Advanced’ Project: Wall unit (dovetail carcase and perfect door fitting)

Students Typical Day

All our furniture making courses can be tailored to meet the goals of students at all levels of expertise from total beginners to practicing cabinet makers. Please contact us to book your place.

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Designer Maker Course 12 Months

This 44 week furniture making course is for aspiring furniture designer makers who want to explore all areas of furniture design,  fine furniture making and cabinet making. The structure of the craftsman and master craftsman courses covering the first six months are maintained but a much greater influence is placed on the individual developing their own voice and personality as a furniture maker. Advanced techniques such as hand shaping, laminating, relief carving, veneering and marquetry are added. Combine this with more advanced machine shop techniques and an emphasis on personal design skills and a wonderful creative journey is embarked upon……
Much of the second half of the designer maker course is spent designing and making personal projects. The same level of tuition is provided but the emphasis is shifted towards each students own furniture making ambitions. Numerous Waters and Acland projects are on offer but through collaboration with Will Acland our designer, our students are encouraged to design from scratch, projects that will form the basis of a future portfolio and designer maker business, whilst mastering techniques of particular interest to the individual. Drawing classes, sketchbook sessions, business skills and numerous away days to exhibitions, museums, timber merchants, furniture workshops etc. are available and encouraged as we seek to give our students the confidence to start planning a future, be it professional or for pleasure, as fine furniture designer makers. Those on the designer maker course become fully integrated into the life of our commercial workshop. The professional bench room is alongside and open to the student bench room allowing daily interaction between the commercial workshop and our students. The dedicated team of cabinet makers within the commercial workshop host regular question and answer sessions centred around the techniques being used to craft our Guild mark quality bespoke commissions.

Book Now

contact us leaving your details and preferred start dates and we will be in touch to discuss availability.

Fees

£16750
Fees include materials for set projects.
In addition to the course fees you will need to cover the cost of purchasing your own collection of fine hand tools and the materials for additional projects. We estimate this to be between £1500-3000.

Accommodation and meals are not included but special accommodation rates are available and a list of accommodation providers can be found via our locations page.
For help finding accommodation contact Carol at carol@watersandacland.co.uk

Course dates

Start dates are available throughout the year.
contact us for more details.

Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions are available by downloading our application form.

Download Application form

Visiting

A visit to the workshops and Fine Furniture School will allow you to see first hand the exceptional quality of our fine furniture school and workshop facilities here in the Lake District. Please contact us to discuss any further details or to arrange a visit.

Course Content
Hand tool selection
Sharpening of hand tools
Using marking and measuring tools
Perfect planing and chiselling
Timber selection
Understanding jointing techniques
Practice joints
Understanding workshop drawings
Waters and Acland Projects: (breadboards/Chinese puzzle/dovetailed book ends)
Creating workshop drawings
Glue up and cramping techniques
Waters and Acland ‘intermediate’ Project: stool (optional)
Introduction to Machine tools
Introduction to hand held Power Tools
Waters and Acland ‘Advanced’ Project: Wall unit(dovetail carcase and perfect door fitting)
Waters and Acland ‘Advanced’ Project: Small chest of drawers (optional)
Advanced machine tool techniques
Advanced router techniques
Advanced wood finishing techniques
Preparing workshop Drawings and using CAD software
Drawing skills (still life drawing classes/sketchbook sessions etc.)
Veneering, laminating, shaping, carving.
Jig creation and advanced spindle moulder techniques
Advanced construction techniques
Individual tailored projects designed and made by Students…….

For those wishing to start there own business as designer makers we offer advice in business skills including the requirements for setting up a business, marketing and promotions, the web and social media amongst many more valuable insights. This part of the course is mentored by Oliver Waters who before becoming a fine furniture maker was European marketing manager for an International Software company.

Students Typical Day

All our courses can be tailored to meet the goals of students at all levels of expertise from total beginners to practicing professionals. Please contact us to book your place.

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