• Lots of drawer fitting going on in the furniture school at the moment. This is starting the process with the precise fitting of the drawer fronts to the carcase.
  • Designer maker student Tom built himself a workshop before starting his course. It's now time to start filling it and his first self designed project is an essential ingredient of any cabinet makers workshop. It's a workbench!!
  • It hasn't taken Fer aka long to get the spokeshaves out. I don't blame her as shaping with finely tuned hand tools is a real joy.
  • spent the day spoke shaving 2 different leg shapes. Will she go more rounded or square. If you've been following Fer's work over the past year I think you'll have a pretty good idea.
  • and are making good progress with their first self designed projects.
  • .... and Tom is making good progress making his bench. When complete it's going to take pride of place in his new workshop right here in the beautiful Lake District.
  • , and I have spent the day at the excellent sourcing this stack of quarter sawn oak as well as some maple, utile and a little bubinga.
  • Tom is adding some more decorative flourishes to his zebrano and Iroko bench. There's some serious show joinery featuring too!
  • Decision time for Jacob! How he chooses to arrange this amazing ziricote veneer is going to be interesting...
  • Fer's attention to detail and patience is increasing rather than declining, at a stage when to rush could and probably would end badly! Key attributes for anyone wanting to achieve flawless craftsmanship, very impressive @woodchuckchick
  • Nearly there @woodchuckchick
  • Designer maker students and are really focussed at the moment. Their self designed projects are well on the way and it's great to see such progress every day.
  • A proud having just completed his first self designed piece. The 'Farfalle' chest.
  • Our 1 week taster course has come to an end. I'm sure these guys are exhausted but hopefully pleased with the skills they have learnt over the past 5 days. Of course you can't become a master cabinet maker in just one week but under the guidance of Graham and Tim you can certainly get some important core skills in place. Tool preparation and planing with the octagonal breadboard, marking, measuring and chisel work with the Chinese puzzle, then bring it all together with some dovetails. Great work from the taster course gang! *Our next taster week is in August so get in touch if you would like to reserve a place*
  • Each ash hoop was turned, shaped and then the inside surface gilded with silver. festivalofsilver
  • Many thanks to Gary Tiernan for the guided tour of Linley store in Belgravia. Our students really enjoyed the visit- Enlightening and inspiring! londoncraftweek
  • Designer maker student getting very close to finishing his walnut and oak coffee table with piston fit drawers.
  • I think we should remind ourselves where we are going with this series of WIP shots. Here's with the finished cabinets. Amazing work Fer.... cabinetmakingwoodworkwoodworkingfurnituredesigndesignhandtoolswoodshopfurnituremakerfinewoodworkinghandcrafthandmadewoodcraftwoodartworkshopcabinetmakerDowoodworkingfinefurniturefurniturewoodwoodworkercraftcraftsmanshipbespokefurnitureschoolwoodworkforallbestIGwoodworking
  • And anyone who follows or will know how much Fer enjoys hand shaping with spoke shaves... Nice guest appearance from furnituremakingschool
  • The purpose of all the shaping work at this stage of development was to refine the leg shape. Would stick with the round overs or go for a full tapered and curved cylinder? cabinetmakingwoodworkwoodworkingfurnituredesigndesignhandtoolswoodshopfurnituremakerfinewoodworkinghandcrafthandmadewoodcraftwoodartworkshopcabinetmakerDowoodworkingfinefurniturefurniturewoodwoodworkercraftcraftsmanshipbespokefurnitureschoolwoodworkforallbestIGwoodworking
  • Next up for Fer aka the curved rail of the cabinets under structure. furnituremakingcourses
  • David has just completed his designer maker course and has now embarked on his journey to becoming a professional designer and maker of fine furniture. His work can be seen at this years exhibition starting on Saturday. Why not pay him a visit? Why not commission a piece of furniture.? You wouldn't regret it. His work really is top quality.
  • Now this was a special student piece. ebonised and lime waxed games box is a truly exceptional piece. Take a close look through the slide show and take in the details and complexity of making. It's a masterpiece.
  • Another project from the archives. This 2m diameter dining table was superbly crafted by head maker Tim Smith. As always the design comes from @will.a.watersandacland
  • Another project from the archives. This 2m diameter dining table was superbly crafted by head maker Tim Smith. As always the design comes from @will.a.watersandacland
  • With our 201718 designer maker course starting on Monday it's time for some more inspiring student projects. These boxes were super crisp. Great work from @kylefraserdesigns
  • The journey begins for our 201718 designer maker course  students in the morning. It's an exciting time for them and us as a new group bring energy and passion into the workshop...... This chair was designed and made by former designer maker student ...... Enrolling now for the 201819 designer maker courses. Places available for 1, 2 or the full 3 terms starting in September 2017.
  • Our award winning Cunard cabinet features an incredible 3 meter long marquetry tambour door. There were nervy moments during the making of this piece but the results were pretty spectacular.
  • And they're off. Our 201718 designer makers are on day 3 and the shavings are piling up. But these shavings aren't produced without control. The main thrust of the teaching in these early days is to learn how to set up hand tools and use them with absolute accuracy and control. Here we have and putting their super flat and super sharp hand planes to work on the octagonal bread board project....
  • Our 201718 designer maker students have been selecting timber for their wall hanging cabinets today. Let's see how their cabinets compare to this gangs!! We miss you class of 201617 .............. And a big thanks to for the warm welcome and quality timber this morning.
  • It's essential that our students learn how to create 3D models of their designs on the computer. This is technology that a designer maker just shouldn't ignore. It's also an incredibly creative tool and so it's worth the massive effort our students put in during the early months of the course in getting to grips with SketchUp. I know it can be tough class of 201718 but I hope you are beginning to feel it's worth the effort!!!
  • Designer maker students turning their designs into water colour presentation drawings.... if you would like to join us for a designer maker course in 201819 we are enrolling now.
  • One more multi shot for the weekend. Using this multi shot technique Im now able to show a close up of the full 2 metre marquetry tambour door from our Guild Mark winning Cunard cabinet. Swipe left and right to explore the amazing illustration designed by Feed back is always appreciated.