Monthly Archives: September 2015

The ultimate glue up

The 14-12 Chair.2_1


If you want an idea as to the complexity of the 14-12 chair take a look at this short video on You tube To glue up this single leg component required a full morning, six makers and countless hours planning. The result a sweeping piece that forms both front legs and the lower back support structure. A lot of hard work but a beautiful chair.

The chair can be seen until the 11th of October at ’21st Century Furniture V’ exhibition. The Millinery Works. Southgate Road, Islington, N1 3JS

Talking from the same page.


I’ve been thinking about the importance of language in cabinet making. It’s important when talking to clients and it’s essential when trying to get ideas across in our pro workshop and furniture school. But how do we get everyone ‘talking from the same page’? Well, my plan at the moment is to use games and quizzes. If we play enough lingo based games during our afternoon brew times we will soon get to grips with the common cabinet making terms. Lets hope so anyway. Next. The LINGO BINGO. House called.

Aiming high.


Paul and Austin have joined us this week for a 1 week taster course. Although a week is not a long time we really try hard to give our short course students a feel for what life is like within the school. We are passionate about hand skills. Passionate about high level cabinet making. Passionate about aiming high. Aiming for accuracy and attention for detail. Aiming for our workshop catchphrase, “perfection in the making’. If nothing else we want our students to leave at the end of the week feeling confident that by following our methods for setting up and sharpening hand tools they can  start to hit the standards we aim for in our professional workshop. Tight joints, beautifully finished surfaces and put simply just super neat and tidy work!!!

Oh yes. And have some fun along the way.

14-12 Chair


14-12 Chair

“With clear points of inspiration coming from nature and heavy influences from iconic designs of the last century, the 14-12 Chair is certainly the most complex creation to come from the Waters and Acland workshop to date!

714 laminations of ash veneer. Compound curved seat and back upholstered in soft leather. No visible fixing points. The front leg and back rail component is a continuous lamination of 3.5 meters in length that took four makers working together to assemble.

Designed by Will Acland and created by the exceptionally talented Tim Smith we are all very proud at W&A to have this coming from our workshops”

The chair can be seen in London during the London Design Festival where it is being exhibited at:

’21st Century Furniture V’ The millinery works gallery, Southgate road, N1 7SL. The exhibition runs from 13th Sept – 10th Oct 2015