From Carpenter to Bespoke Furniture Maker

Ross Norgate is a young ambitious furniture maker who came to us as a fully skilled joiner and carpenter. His objective was to expand his skills and make more delicate and complicated furniture than his joinery skills allowed him.  Ross’s determined and dedicated attitude throughout his year here has resulted in him making some beautiful pieces of furniture.

Cabinet by Ross Norgate

This cabinet was commissioned by a gentleman with a collection of pocket watches – an exceptional piece of furniture. Ross has now completed his course and set up in business with another of our former students, Dave Young. You can find their work at


David established Rowden Atelier in 1995, a now world renowned fine woodworking school. Discover Rowden, the woodworking courses, and the work that students go on to do.

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