Unlocking craft: New bursary opens doors to new 10-week woodworking course at Chippendale School

Chippendale School Principal Tom Fraser will help students get to grips with Danish cord weaving techniques on the new 10-week woodworking course, which launches in October 2024

The prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian is opening its doors wider than ever before with an exciting new 10-week course, and the exclusive opportunity for one aspiring woodworker to snap up a fully-funded place.

Designed to fit into busy lives, the newly launched 10-week woodworking course commences in October 2024 and is aimed at anyone looking to advance their woodworking hobby and gain new skills. Taught in a group of eight, eager students will hone their craft under the guidance of three highly experienced tutors, while delving into an array of captivating projects.

This new carefully crafted course strikes the perfect balance between comprehensive learning and manageable commitment. It's the ideal next step for those seeking to delve deeper into furniture making, bridging the gap between the School’s four-week intermediate course and more intensive 30-week professional course.

The course runs from 7 October to 13 December 2024, with a half-term break from 8-11 November.


The prestigious Chippendale International School of Furniture is situated in East Lothian

Bursary details

Hopeful students meeting the criteria can apply online for a bursary, which if successful, will grant them a fully-funded place on the School’s new 10-week course.

Criteria details

* Applicants must be under 30 years old and residents of Scotland.

* The bursary application window remains open for two months, closing on Tuesday 30 April.


Tom Fraser, Chippendale School Principal

A personal touch

Principal Tom Fraser – the visionary behind this innovative course – has made it his mission to continually expand the school's offerings since assuming the reins from his father, Anselm, in 2019. From woodturning weekends, upholstery and restoration courses to the intricate art of wood-bending techniques, each addition reflects his unwavering dedication to developing talent and cultivating creativity.

What sets the 10-week course apart is the personal touch it brings to every lesson. For the first time ever, Tom will share his passion and expertise in Danish woven cord, adding a unique flair that promises to inspire and captivate.

He comments: “It’s exciting to see the evolution of our short courses, tailored to meet the changing needs of our students. We’re thrilled to provide a stepping stone for one budding woodworking enthusiast to kickstart their journey with us on the new 10-week course. We can’t wait to see all our students grow their confidence and furniture making skills on this course.”

Tim Wheeldon is testament to the transformative power of Chippendale School’s courses. After just completing the four-week course, he's already signed up for the 10-week adventure. His enthusiasm speaks volumes about the immersive and supportive environment the school offers, as he explains:

"I signed up for a four-week course at Chippendale School, having heard good reports of the longer 30-week course. At the time, I wasn’t ready to make such a big commitment, but the 10-week course feels like the natural next step. What stood out to me was the excellent tutor/student ratio, and the quality, responsiveness and flexibility of the teaching."

Those interested in applying for the 10-week course bursary can do so here: www.chippendaleschool.com/furniture-making-courses/10-week-course.


What sets the 10-week course apart is the personal touch it brings to every lesson
The Chippendale International School of Furniture
Myreside Grange, Gifford
Haddington, East Lothian
EH41 4JA
01620 810 680