Category : Building Furniture

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Woodworking Short Courses

Woodworking Short Courses For many, coming to Rowden to study furniture making is a complete change of lifestyle or career. It is a rather unique opportunity to ‘take a break from life’, to envelop themselves in the Rowden bubble in the h...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Career Courier

Career Courier Aren’t couriers amazing! You buy stuff off the Internet and before you know it, a friendly face comes knocking at your door with a parcel full of things you definitely needed. It’s just so easy. And you don’t even have to tip them. You...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

The magic of the Windsors

Last week was all about making Windsor chairs. Students worked in teams of four to complete their Windsor chairs, under the expert guidance of Tom Thackray and Stephen Langton. Tom has been making Windsor chairs, and teaching others how to make them,...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

A cabinet, rocker and art nouveau desk

Gianluca Caregnato, from near Milan in northern Italy, first came to the Chippendale school last April on one of our introductory courses. These one week courses give keen hobbyists a new range of skills to take their hobby to another level, but also...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Bespoke furniture and changing markets

Tom Fraser, deputy principal, Chippendale school, who will contribute a regular column to our website.  The Chippendale school is, first and last, a furniture design school teaching all aspects of fine furniture design and making. But we also try and...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Learning some Windsor wisdom

Every year we bring in specialist tutors to teach our students how to make that most iconic of English chairs, the Windsor chair. So we’re privileged this week to welcome Tom Thackray and Stephen Langton who are master craftsmen in Windsor chair maki...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Specialising doesn’t mean missing out

The next step? One of the hardest things a new cabinetmaker has to decide is exactly what they want to do with their lives. (By the way, this probably isn’t limited to cabinetmakers!) Trust wood to be so versatile that you could as easily find yourse...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Clocking off time

It‘s a beautiful art nouveau-inspired mantle clock that will always remind Vanessa Johnston of her grandmother who kept a similar clock on her mantelpiece. Vanessa, from Seattle, is making all her pieces, including the clock, from wych elm and olive...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

A golden tail for a Pharaoh’s cat

The Chippendale school is associated with furniture design and making, so it’s not often that one of our students sets out to make a prosthetic tail for a dead cat. But that was part of the task that Dr Phillip Prager from Luxembourg has undertaken t...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

An Indian mirror masterpiece in gold

It’s an art that was invented by the ancient Egyptians, perfected during the Renaissance, and is now being mastered by Archana Pai, from Bangalore in India. Gilding is the specialist subject that our students have been learning over the past two week...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Seeing the Woods and the Trees

Seeing the Woods and the Trees I’m not normally one of those people who will stop and listen to a charity salesperson. I know the charities I like to help, and I know where to find them. It might seem a bit rough on those earnest folk looking to rais...

Building Furniture / Post - 2 months ago

Wood: Dry, dryer, driest

Dry, dryer, driest We’ve noticed recently that wood that has been coming to Rowden, and to our own workshop, has had noticeably variable moisture content. This is most noticeable when it relates to native species and very small woodyards, though even...

Building Furniture / Post - 3 months ago

Oak: how do you like yours?

Oak: how do you like yours? Here in the UK, oak has had good times and bad times. A once proud and highly sort after timber has been put through the mill recently by companies who have sought to use oak to mass produce the cheapest, nastiest, most po...