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Apr
5

Learning More About Woodworking In Scotland

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Ever wondered how pieces of furniture are made? How about other wood crafts?

Learn more about woodworking in Scotland at these places:

The Chippendale International School Of Furniture

As the Chippendale International School of Furniture celebrates their 30th year anniversary, it has been made clear that furniture making is definitely a world-class skill.

Located in East Lothian, specifically in Gifford, the Chippendale International School of Furniture was founded in 1985 and has long since been ranked among the world’s best furniture making schools. It’s worth noting that they only welcome 25 students each year to learn more about both old-style and modern furniture making techniques.

The Chippendale International School of Furniture provides a 30-week full course – which includes fine woodworking, furniture design, and furniture restoration lessons. They also provide short courses for those who are not yet sure on how to go about furniture making later on. Moreover, they have an incubation space with complete resources for those who are just starting out after graduating.

Scottish Woodland Skills Centre

Located a few miles north of Alyth in Perthshire, the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre is an epitome of richness – in history and in trees.

The centre is situated on a large area, along with the following: a green activity space surrounded by trees and an off-grid bothy trough run by wind turbines. It’s worth noting that the said bothy trough is heated by a wood stove and made with recycled materials – further making the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre a perfect setting for various woodwork and outdoor activities.

The Scottish Woodland Skills Centre offers wood carving, spoon carving, bowl carving, green woodworking, chainsaw usage, forge usage, bush crafting, coppice crafting, willow weaving, knife making, furniture making, and a whole lot more. They often add new courses, too – which you can check out on scottishwoodlandskillscentre.co.uk.

In conclusion, woodworking is not just something one can master overnight. Time, effort, lots of courses, and years of experience – those are what you need to fully become a woodworking expert. You also need to consider the place you’ll learn woodworking from, just like in those places mentioned above. Better yet, go and visit nearby sawmills, woodlands, exhibitions, and even parks to see and experience firsthand how it’s like to work in the wood industry and for you to learn more about woodworking – its history, its impact, its contribution, and even the right kind of tools (e.g. a wood lathe or a table saw).

Dec
11

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Scotland

To say that Scotland is stunning seems like an understatement. Its rich history and heritage, diverse terrains, and dramatic sceneries defy the imagination. It is a place of captivating sights and compelling tales – best experienced than heard or read. There are many reasons to fall in love with the country. And here are just some of them.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Top attractions: Calton Hill and the National Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Church, Holyrood Abbey, Holyrood Park, Museum of Childhood, National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Our Dynamic Earth, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Princes Street, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Botanic Garden, The Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Glasgow
Glasgow
Top attractions: The Bagpipe Museum, Bellahouston Park, Charles Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Hunterian Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kibble Palace, Mackintosh’s Art Academy, the National Piping Centre, the People’s Palace, Pollok House, Riverside Museum, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tall Ship, the University of Glasgow

Inverness
Inverness
Top attractions: Beauly Gallery, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre, Glen Ord Distillery, Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, St Andrew’s Cathedral, The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, the Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum, Urquhart Castle

Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Top attractions: Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Brig o’Balgownie, Castlegate, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, Marischal College, Provost Skene’s House, St Machar’s Cathedral, the Satrosphere Science Centre, the University and King’s College of Aberdeen

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Top attractions: The Clan Donald Centre, Coral Beach, climbing in Cuillin, Dunvegan Castle, the Fairy Glen, the Fairy Pools, Loch Coruisk, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point Lighthouse, the Quiraing, Rubha Hunish, the Sea Eagles, Skyeskyns showroom, the Talisker Whisky, the Village of Boreraig,

Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Top attractions: The Caledonian Canal, Drumnadrochit village, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Loch Oich, Nessie – The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Spean Bridge, Urquhart Castle

Fort William
Jacobite Steam Train
Top attractions: Ben Nevis, Jacobite Steam Train, Lochaber Geopark, Nevis Range, Road to the Isles, West Highland Museum

Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Top attractions: Atholl Country Life Museum, Balmoral Castle, Blair Castle and Gardens, Blair Castle Trekking Centre, Braemar Castle, Cairngorm Brewery, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Clan Macpherson Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Drumin Castle, Funicular Railway, Highland Folk Museum, Inshriach Nursery, Loch an Eilein, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Speyside Distillery, Strathspey Steam Railway Aviemore, Tomatin Distillery, Wild Mountain Garden

Shetland Islands
Shetland Islands
Top attractions: Broch of Culswick, Broch of Mousa, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Ness of Burgi Fort, Old Scatness, Out Skerries, Ronas Hill, Scalloway Castle, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Museum, Shetland Textile Museum, Tangwick Haa Museum, Unst Boat Haven, the Up Helly Aa Festival

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Top attractions: Ben Lomond, the Highland Boundary Fault, the Island of Inchmurrin, Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond Shores, the lochs, the Maid of the Loch, the National Park Centre, the National Route 7, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Rosneath Castle, the West Highland Way