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 weeks ago


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

1 month ago


Such a cool interpretation of the wall hanging set project by designer maker student Sam Sheppard.

Enrolling now for short and long courses in 2019. For more information email
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2 months ago


To achieve this kind of quality in a piece in which all the joints are cut by hand is testament to the progress our designer maker students make in the first few months within the furniture school. Our courses are certainly intense but I think you will agree that the results speak for themselves. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago


It's always a satisfying moment for our students when the oil goes on and a project comes to it's conclusion. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago


We still have 2 places left on our 1 week course starting on January 7th. It's a great opportunity to learn new skills or really push existing skills to the next level.

Contact Oliver on 01539 822852 or via email at for further details.
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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