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.


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

It's been great fun revisiting these images of the amazing box designed and made by Chris Wiseman on the 2015/16 designer maker course. Inspirational stuff. ... See MoreSee Less

The latest piece to be made in the pro workshop here at Waters and Acland Workshop and School is this magnificent ash dining table featuring an incredible dovetailed leg joint.

If you are interesting in commissioning a piece of fine furniture please do get in touch on 01539822852 or via email at
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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