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).