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.


4 days ago


Such a cool desk, designed and made by student Tom Galt. The attention to detail is top drawer! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago


Designer maker student Lasser combining a creative design with some creative spindle jigs. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago


Our January starter designer makers are working through the set projects and bedding in the core hand skills of a cabinetmaker as they go. The making of a perfect Chinese puzzle is a real test of marking, measurimg and cutting perfectly to lines. When you can do this you can move confidently on to dovetails. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago


Our January start designer maker students are getting stuck into the set projects and hand skills part of their course here at the Waters and Acland furniture school. Lot's being learned and lot's of fun being had!

If you want to join us in 2019 we have 1, 2 and full 3 term designer maker courses starting in September and 1 week taster courses in April and July. Get in touch at or by calling 01539822852 for further details.
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3 months ago


Designer maker student Lasse did a great job with both the design and making of his wall hanging cabinet. ... 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