Student, Finn James, Winner of The Alan Peters Award for Excellence 2017 (Student Award)

Student, Finn James, Winner of The Alan Peters Award for Excellence 2017 (Student Award)

Student, Finn James, Winner of The Alan Peters Award for Excellence 2017 (Student Award)

We are extremely excited to announce that our student, Finn James, is one of the winners of this years Alan Peters Award for Excellence.

Finn's funky low oak coffee table was laminated from 10 layers of 5mm flexi-ply and was veneered in beautiful figured quarter sawn oak. To emphasize the shape the edges were coloured a very light grey. Finn's project was a great introduction to jig making, laminating and veneering.

Finn's award winning piece was constructed in a way to look like one continuous lamination and looked absolutely seamless. A real testament to the craftsmanship that went into the design and making of Finn's first ever piece designed and made here.

Finn's table will be exhibited in Cheltenham from the 19th to the 28th August. To find out more about the Alan Peters Award for Excellence please go to:

Our congratulations also go to Freya Whamond and Christopher Cooper, who were also winners of this award. 

Here is what the Judges said about Finn's table:

Finn James - 'Brompton' coffee table

(Williams and Cleal Furniture School) 

What the judges said:

“This is a visually simple piece, however its clean form has been subtly enhanced by the choice of veneer and top recess to add just enough interest to the piece to ensure that it is not dull.  The execution of this piece is excellent and this is particularly important for a piece where any un-crisp lines would completely break the piece aesthetically.”

 “The judges were particularly impressed this year by three very different pieces.  We felt that each, in their own way, showed good ambition, offered interest both visually and in their construction, indicated a good understanding of the materials used and demonstrated accomplished workmanship” said award judge and director of Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Jason Heap.

 Each of the three winners also stand to gain £100 to spend on tools and equipment with Wood Workers Workshop who have generously sponsored the award whilst Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design also offer each winner a 50% discount on their exhibitor fee if they return as a professional designer-maker the following year to reveal their progress since winning the award.