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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.


2 weeks ago


Designed and made by 2017/18 designer maker student Cate Timothy. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago


This piece by designer maker student Jeff is going to be spectacular. Jeff wanted to make a technical masterpiece during his time here in the school and so far that's exactly what he is doing. This is such a complicated piece. Wow!!! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago


2016/17 designer maker student David Waite @fourlimesdesign just sent these beautiful images of a recently completed set of walnut and sycamore dining chairs. The chairs were designed and prototyped during his time in the school and then completed in between commissions at his workshop in Kent. It's great to see former students setting up in business and creating such high level work. Keep it up David. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago


Great news coming from the US. Our 2 term designer maker students Heather and Dan have both landed jobs working as cabinet makers. We are very proud of our students achievements and also proud of the schools record in relation to students finding work or starting their own businesses following on from their time here in the school. We feel the training they receive coupled with the passion and dedication they bring to designing and making fine furniture is a recipe that potential employers really can't resist. Long may this continue!!! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago


We encourage our designer maker students to include traditionally fitted drawers in their first self designed projects. Chris Wiseman did a great job of fitting these drawers. It's such a fulfilling moment when you get those drawers running perfectly.

If you would like to join us on the 2018/19 designer maker course starting this September please call us on 01539 822852 or email info@watersandacland.co.uk
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Life in the Waters and Acland furniture school