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.


Yesterday the 2017/18 designer maker gang spent the day bending wood with creative steam bending expert Charlie Whinney A fun time was had by all. Lot's of learning. Lot's of creativity. Lot's of inspiration for future designs. ... See MoreSee Less

Gareth first self designed project is complete. From no woodworking experience to this in just six months. An amazing achievement which is testament to what can be accomplished when you combine hard work, talent and some top quality teaching. Next up for Gareth a beautiful figured cherry chair with bridle leather seat. ... See MoreSee Less

The standard of first self designed projects has been exceptional this year both in design and execution. This desk / sewing table was designed and made by Pete Craven. Keep an eye on Facebook or for the development of his next project. It's going to be a stunner. ... See MoreSee Less

This coffee table by designer maker student Mark Harding is looking really sharp. The way the walnut sunburst wraps around the mitred edge of the carcase is a real success.

This is Marks second self designed project on the 2017/18 44 week designer maker course.

If you are interested in joining the 2018/19 designer maker course then do get in touch. We still have places available for the full 44 week as well as the 1 and 2 term options.

Call Will or Oliver on 01539 822852 or mail
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Another top quality first self designed project nears completion in the furniture school. To see more work in progress shots why not follow us on Instagram. Nearly 140,000 others already do and they get a real insight into life within the school. Just click this link and then click follow. ... 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