Partners – Chippendale

Chippendale International School of Furniture

The Chippendale Internatational School of Furniture is situated on the road between Gifford and Haddington. This is a very successful and enterprising company, founded by Anselm Fraser in 1983. We are delighted to be working with a local company with an international reputation for quality and innovation. Our P6 children have made visits to Chippendale where they have made their own chessboards. Each year one of our staff has the opportunity to spend a day at Chippendale, learning how a business works and finding out how the students’ education is organised.

What is the Chippendale School?

The Chippendale International School of Furniture offers a 30 week course in furniture design, furniture making and furniture restoration. The small number of students, one-to-one learning environment and the intensive practical tuition make the school unique. Students benefit from the teaching and experience of the specialised visiting lecturers and the expertise of the permanent tutors and support staff. Students gain privileged access to some of the best known historical houses and ancestral homes to examine antique furniture in its natural setting, as well as visiting busy furniture design workshops. The aim of the school is to develop craftsmen and women with expertise and professionalism, who have a thorough practical knowledge, balanced with a sound theoretical and technical awareness. 

Successful business skills

After graduation from the school many students have gone on to great achievements in the arts world. Many former students now run successful businesses in their native countries; others have gone on to lead distinguished careers in the arts world. All have profited from the imaginative teaching and the practical experience, which make The Chippendale International School of Furniture a highly respected institution.

Why come to a furniture school?

The reason is simple – it is living and working with wood in the atmosphere of a busy workshop; it is seeing the real life situation and understanding the professional speed that is expected in the commercial world. A book can teach you the basics, can show you how to hold a chisel, but it will not show you the amount of pressure to apply, nor the manual dexterity required, to achieve a quality finish. A book cannot teach you how to obtain a perfect colour match, nor allow you to examine original pieces in the company of highly skilled craftsmen. This is the essence of the course at the Chippendale International School of Furniture – teaching practical skills in a stimulating workshop environment. How the course worksStudents receive a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical experience. Project work is carefully structured to meet the level of the individual student&#s ability. In Terms 2 and 3 students are increasingly encouraged to work on their own initiative and to their own designs, which will be exhibited at the Graduation Evening.

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