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.


NEW TASTER courses added. We have added 2 new dates for our 1 week taster courses this year. The weeks commencing the 23rd of April and the 23rd of July. Why not join us to learn / improve the core woodworking skills of tool preparation and sharpening, hand planing, chisel use, marking and measuring.... These weeks are all about super accurate woodworking and big piles of super thin shavings. Drop us a mail at for further details. These places won't be available for long. ... See MoreSee Less

Things are BOOKING up fast. We have very limited availability for our 2018 taster courses running on the weeks commencing the 16th of April and 30th of July. These intensive 1 week courses focus exclusively on the accurate use of beautiful hand tools. They are also a superb way of getting a real feel for what our longer term designer maker courses have to offer.

As for the 2018/19 designer maker courses which begin in September this year they are also filling up fast. We currently have only 1 place remaining for the 1 term only course with 4 places available for the full 3 term course.

For further information call Oliver or Will on 01539 822 852 or drop us a mail at
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Designer maker student Jeff has really pushed his hand skills to the limit with his concave fronted wall hanging cabinet. So many complex elements in this piece. ... See MoreSee Less

Hand crafted cabinets lining up ready for a photo shoot.

If you would like to be one of our 2018/19 designer maker students we have limited places available for 1, 2 or the full 3 terms. Get in touch for further information at or by calling +44 (0)1539 822852
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Lot's of wall hanging cabinets coming together in the furniture school. Our 2017/18 designer maker students are now spending time in the machine room working on the occasional table project. They are also getting close to completing the designs for their first self designed projects. Term 1 in the furniture is pretty intense with so much to learn before that self designed project begins. We really look forward to the results of these endeavours however, and I we certainly expect some amazing designs to be realised over the coming months. Watch this space! ... 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