Fine furniture making is a trade that relies on time and effort, utilising both hand and eye to create great pieces of work from wood. Unfortunately it’s a skill set which is fading from contemporary society, replaced by the quick and simple “joys” of flat pack furniture.
What sets us apart on our furniture making courses is that we have a desire to pass on these great traditional skills of the Arts and Crafts movement, keeping the art of fine furniture making alive.
David has been teaching creative individuals furniture design and making since 1984. Though David is now largely retired, he still comes to the workshops to mentor students. His teaching methods and ethos developed from the Arts and Craft Movement all remain vibrant at Rowden, and set us apart from other schools.
Right now, there is a revolution in furniture making courses created by the closure of many state-run colleges. Our workshop has led the way and been the model for many of the private furniture making courses available to you today. Rowden Atelier is recognised as a Centre of Furniture Making Excellence that produces exceptional furniture and trains exceptional woodworkers. With our range of specialist courses, you could be one of them.
Unique table design from Rowden
Gorgeous bespoke cabinets
Whiplah – Chair design in Sycamore
Perseus – chair design
Swinger – bespoke designer chair
Bespoke ‘love chairs’
Linenfold modern cabinets
Our joy and challenge is dealing with demanding people wanting to squeeze the last drop of information out of their time here. Wanting to get six months information from a one month woodworking course. As sources of information, we like to be squeezed, but we suggest that quality should be the aim whilst you are here.
Our full-time staff are Daren Millman and Jon Greenwood, both skilled makers and very patient teachers. Ed Wild, a national award-winning furniture maker is here every other day whilst running his own furniture making business.
Jonathan Walters, from Bark Furniture, is here once a week teaching business skills, and comes in for another week every month. David Savage is retired from work, but still runs a design tutorial on Mondays for those developing their first designs.
Sooooo….. we are starting to get the hang of it. Between us we have over ONE HUNDRED YEARS EXPERIENCE in this business.
Quality is what we do, YOU will do it too, from day one. We will teach you all stages from choosing hand tools, to picking out wood, to developing your drawings, and building a portfolio of work. There are lots of furniture making schools, courses, and magazines that are great for showing you an amateur way of getting a good result. An amateur has no excuse for poor work other than lack of understanding, the amateur has all day to get it right, the professional has not. They must do it right, first time, every day.
We offer a range of furniture building courses and classes to suit all abilities and availabilities:
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