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.


1 week ago


FINAL PLACES available for our 1 week courses running on the weeks commencing the 23rd and 30th of July. Why not join us and master the core woodworking hand skills. No previous experience is required and a big pile of fluffy wood shavings are guaranteed! Call Oliver or Will on 01539 822852 or mail for more details. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago


Wow, things are getting interesting in the pro bench room!

If you would like to see this piece up close and personal why not join us for our 1 week taster course beginning on the 23rd of July this year. We still have 2 places left. You won't be making a master piece like this but we can guarantee some precision woodworking and big piles of fluffy wood shavings!

For details call 01539 822 852 or mail
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1 month ago


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

1 month 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

1 month 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

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