Mark Ripley – End of the October 12 week Advanced Furniture Making course

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

We ran the Advanced Furniture Making course for the first time at the end of last year between lockdowns. The students all had previous experience; one had done our 12 week Furniture Making course, two had degree level training and one had done private courses elsewhere. It was an enjoyable experience following a modular format of hand and machine skills revision, cabinet making, a chair module and a final personal project. The images are of the final projects. A Walnut and Birds Eye Maple veneered drinks cabinet, a cabinet in Ash and Elm, a console table in Cherry with Wenge detailing and a deconstructed chest of drawers in Pippy Oak and Walnut.

There are also modules on design and drawing techniques including an introduction to Computer Aided Drawing (CAD). The trips we had planned to visit workshops and galleries were sadly curtailed by COVID restrictions.

The Advanced course is more flexible than the 12 week Furniture Making course which is much more prescribed. It aims to develop student aspirations and allows for more creative interpretation of assignments.

The feedback from the 4 students who took part was very encouraging and we expect to run the course again in 12 months time.