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Good Woodworking - September 2014


Article in Good Woodworking - September 2014

We have just received a great write up in the Good woodworking magazine. Appearing in the centrefold, with a "Best of the Rest" sticker under a title of "Editor's Choice". We are of course very proud of all our students efforts, and once again would like to congratulate them on their amazing work. With some of them still only half way through their time with us we are keen to see what they do next!

" A stand stretched along a corridor that you might access on the way to the toilets or the press office is hardly the optimum location if you want to showcase your talents at the UK's biggest and most important show for graduate design students, New Designers at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. But the students who have been learning to make top-end bespoke furniture on Williams and Cleal's 40 week course could have displayed their wares in the middle of a half-closed 1970's shopping precinct and still be a talking point. Unlike most univerisites and colleges where you can identify student output by the overall style, all the pieces showed originality and were true to the aspirations of their makers, with work ranging from an ingenious extending table to an intricately veneered one, from a chair with a knitted seat to a precisely engineered Chief's Chair. Each maker should consider him or herself to be a winner." Andrea Hargreaves

Success at The New Forest Show for Irene


Success at The New Forest Show for Irene

Congratulations to Irene Banham. She entered the New Forest Trust Fine Crafted Wood competition 2014 - with her 'Chiefs Chair' in solid Olive Ash and Ash - and has just come second in the overall award at the New Forest Show.

Here she is receiving her prize from Paul HS von der Heyde, the Master of The Furniture Makers Company.  

Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize


Student, Tom Jarrold wins Alan Peters Prize

Congratulations to Tom Jarrold who has just won one of three Alan Peters awards for his 'Elixir' Drinks Cabinet. Awarded through Celebration of Craftsmanship this allows him to exhibit his cabinet for free at this top furntiure exhibition in August. Well worth a visit.

The Alan Peters Award commemorates a man dedicated to bespoke furniture and highly respected by all within the industry. Alan Peters OBE was also a great teacher, always keen to share and encourage. It is only fitting therefore that their award for students and emerging talents bears his name and respects his philosophy of excellence in every aspect of design and craftsmanship from timber selection to appropriate design.

The award is designed to encourage and promote emerging young talent within the bespoke furniture industry.

It gives up to three new designer-makers the opportunity to win free exhibition space for their entry at Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design. This allows winners to exhibit and network with established and highly regarded professionals within a selling environment, gaining valuable experience and exposure to a very discerning and knowledgeable audience.

Finishing


Finishing

This week the students had a finishing lesson, a variety of different techniques were demonstrated including:

Staining

  • Water staining
  • Spirit staining
  • Chemical staining, including ammonia, caustic soda and bleaches

Oils and Waxes

  • Linseed (raw and boiled)
  • Tung oil
  • Danish oil
  • Osmo Polyx Wax oil
  • Beeswax
  • Carnuba wax
  • French Polishing

For each of the techniques, surface preparation and health and safety issues are considered. Finally the students get to have a go so that they can see the results on different woods.