A professional designer/maker of over four decades, Dan Williams joined the Academy in September 2021 to teach the 12 week Furniture Making course and the series of 2-to-5-day woodworking short courses.

Dan is a graduate of the prestigious Parnham College in Beaminster, the world-famous design school created by legendary designer/maker John Makepeace OBE.

After graduation, he enjoyed a wide and varied career across Europe in both furniture making and boat building disciplines – including stints working for renowned contemporary designers Fred Baier and David Colwel

Since 2004, Dan has worked as a maker in his Bridport studio, primarily on commissions and restoration projects, as well as bespoke joinery and camper van conversions.

Recently, Dan finished a commission to design and build a treehouse in Spain.


Karen Hansen will be joining the Boat Building Academy to teach the 12-week Furniture Course in January 2023. Karen designs with natural form using sustainable materials to create contemporary furniture and sculptural constructions. Her working techniques include greenwood skills, steambening and carving.

To learn more about Karen’s work and her ethos please watch our introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz8nmbIlGVo&t=7s