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Students Work Featured in Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine


Students Work Featured in Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine

We are delighted that the furniture of seven Williams and Cleal students features in the April 2017 edition of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine!

Damian Robinson's Hexagonal Drinks Cabinet also makes the magazine cover feature - well done Damian!

The gallery article "Masters in the Making: Behind the scenes at Williams and Cleal" features the work of Alistair Buchan, Jessica Fairley, Damian Robinson, Tom Moy, Charles Byron, Tom Jarrold and Ruth Bowers. It is great to see their work beautifully showcased in this edition of the magazine.

Our Students Award Winning work as Featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine


Feature article on the work of Williams and Cleal Students for the Somerset Guild of Craftsman Furniture Prize 2016.

(Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine).

We are incredibly pleased that the December issue of Furniture and Cabinetmaking includes a full spread feature article on the beautiful furniture, and award winning entries created by our students for The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Furniture Prize 2016!

Damien Robinson's Writing Desk and Chair and Ali Buchan's Torii Gate Console Table shared joint second prize in the awards.

Ali's table design is based on the famous Torii Gate at the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima, Japan. 

Damien's Writing table was made for his father-in-law. The piece is made out of solid American black walnut, selected for its beautiful crown and mostly straight grain patterning.

Our student Tim Hagon's Pippy Oak table also gained recognition in the prize and was 'highly commended' by the judges, and fellow student, Andrew Wood also exhibited his Drinks Chest in brown oak.

Our congratulations to all the students that entered their work and well done to all!

Ruth completes her Rosewood Chair and lands herself a job with Halstock!


Ruth Bowers Rosewood Chair.jpg

Ruth completes her Rosewood chair and lands a job with Halstock!

Here is a shot of Ruth's fantastic Lounge Chair!


The seat was made of Birch ply veneered in Santos Rosewood, the legs laminated and faced with the same materials.
A mixture of complex compound angles and laminating made for a great project and it looks absolutely stunning.

 

Furthermore, following a recent trial week with Halstock (a designer, manufacturer and installer of luxuary bespoke interiors) Ruth has landed herself employment with this fantastic company and starts within a few weeks time!

At Williams and Cleal we have strong relationships with small and large scale local bespoke furniture making companies.

For those students who wish to take employment after graduating from our courses, we work in relationship with these companies to place students in employment or to offer career opportunities as fits each student's work aspirations.

Students Ali and Damian Awarded Joint Second In The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen's Furniture Prize


Students Ali and Damian Awarded Joint Second in The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen's Furniture Prize 2016.

Congratulations to current students, Alistair Buchan and Damian Robinson who have been awarded joint second in The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen's Furniture Prize 2016!

Ali entered his Torii Gate Table, which was the first piece of furniture that Ali designed and made with us on course. Ali said:

"Thanks to everyone at Williams and Cleal - Jane, Justin, Jim and all the other students. It's a great place to learn and make furniture and I couldn't have got this second prize without them. And congrats to Damian Robinson who I shared second prize with."

Damian's desk was also his first project design and make with us.

Work Experience Students Create Bench on Placement with Williams and Cleal


Work Experience Students Create Bench on Placement with Williams and Cleal

Work Experience Students Create Bench on Placement with Williams and Cleal

Williams and Cleal recently hosted a work experience week for two students from Kingsmead School in Wiveliscombe.

Harry and Dan were challenged to take some planks of Oak, create a bench design and make it by the end of the week.

By Friday, two new benches were created and they made use of them to have a well deserved cup of tea and a sit down. We wish Harry and Dan all the best for the future.

Student Field Trip to Halstock Ltd


Student Field Trip to Halstock Ltd - bespoke luxury interior company.

 

This week our school visited Halstock, a company that design, manufacture and install luxury bespoke interiors.The students got a real feel for the work carried out at Halstock with talks covering all aspects of production from consultation through to design, to creation and making. We look forward to working with Halstock going forward to enhance our students learning experience and employment opportunities.

Student Awarded Bespoke Guild Mark by The Furniture Maker's Company


Student Awarded Bespoke Guild Mark by The Furniture Maker's Company.

Former student, Charles Byron, has been awarded Bespoke Guild Mark #459 by The Furniture Makers' Company for his log stack cabinet. Charlie made the log stack cabinet while on course at Williams and Cleal. This is fantastic news and we are all really pleased for Charlie! Well done!

Read more about Charlie's award here

Students selected for Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 programme


Students selected for Crafts Council Hothouse 2016 programme

We are delighted that former students of the Williams and Cleal Furniture School, Charles Byron, Maria Del Mar Gomez and Thomas Wittingham have been selected amongst 41 other maker businesses by the Crafts Council to take part in the creative development programme Hothouse 2016.

This is the first time in the history of the Hothouse programme that five furniture makers have been selected for the development programme. You can learn more about Hothouse 2016 and our former students by visiting:

 

Student's work makes front page of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine


Student's work makes front page of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine

Congratulations to Charles Byron, whose 'log stack' cabinet has recently been featured on the front cover of 'Furniture and Cabinetmaking' magazine! 

The article writes about the highlights of the Somerset Guild of Craftsman Furniture Prize 2015. We are proud that Charlie was the winner of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Judge's Choice and winner of the Popular Choice Award 2015.

To find our more information about the 'log stack' cabinet head to www.byronandgomez.co.uk

 

 

The Art of Making Exhibition


The Art of Making Exhibition

'The Art of Making' is an exhibition of work by students Lauren Goodman, Maria del Mar Gomez, Irene Banham and Charles Byron. Their work can be seen at the Paper arts Gallery Bristol between 16th-29th June. This is the beginning of their professional careers as designer-makers.

George complete's his first design and make project


George complete's his first design and make project

In Georges own words - "by combining a natural, free-form top with precisely turned legs – crisp white with rich walnut – I wanted to showcase the different elements but also show them coming together and working in harmony. This coffee table needs no fixtures or fitting, its completely self supporting. The legs just slip into place.

Well done George on a very successful piece

Students Complete our Course and Start their own Business


Students Irene and Stuart set up their own businesses.

Irene and Stuart have now come to the end of their time with us and will be greatly missed. Irene has moved back to Bristol and is now running her own furniture business. Stuart will be renting our fully equiped new workshop 1 mile away from the school which has been set up to support our students for that first period working for themselves. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

See their work at www.ibanhamfurniture.co.uk     www.robinsson.co.uk

Dovetailed box in a week!


Dovetailed box in a week

We've just completed our latest short course where you can make a dovetailed box in only five days. It's a great way to build on your woodworking skills or pick up some new ones. 

Congratulations to Anna, Adam and Ted on their fine work.

Dates for our next short courses coming soon...

Commercial Success for Student


Commercial Success for Student

George has re-designed his handmade desk No 27.9 to meet the brief of small batch production. The results can be seen at Nina's House on the Kings Road London. Nina's House is a new concept shop retailing exclusive individually designed furniture. www.ninashouse.com

Well done George !

What next?


What Next for Tom?

Tom's completed his occasional chairs and now come to the end of the course . He has made some exceptional pieces over the past 40 weeks and will be missed in the workshop. Tom has accepted a great opportunity to work for Cimitree. We wish Tom all the best for the future. www.cimitree.co.uk

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.