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‘Tis the Season…

261 Words - Posted on 24th Dec 2018

“…to put your tools down… fa-la la la lah, la la, la-la!” Not renowned for taking holidays, even cabinetmakers take a break over Christmas. It’s not a bad idea to occasionally remove yourself completely from the workshop for a while, and ... more

Workmanship of risk…

399 Words - Posted on 26th Sep 2018
David Savage furniture design - Honduras Rosewood Chaise lounge

The Dynamic Duo A week or so ago, I suggested that a maker cutting their teeth in the real world should design a piece that avoids creating excessive risk. Risk, that is, to the maker, as chances are the piece will not only be a total nightmare ... more

My New Year’s Resolution

310 Words - Posted on 13th Jan 2018
Lakshmi from Bark Furniture doing some woodworking

My New Year’s Resolution OK, so this year’s resolution has nothing to do with chocolate, the gym or a social media detox, probably a first! It is my guess that I am not alone in being a cabinetmaker that started their training with only the ... more

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 2017

238 Words - Posted on 20th Aug 2017
Woodworking course - brochure

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design 2017 For more than 30 years there has been one show that has been a firm favourite amongst designer-makers in the UK. The annual Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design has a long tradition of bringing ... more

Student Work

229 Words - Posted on 29th Mar 2017
Gideon Traas table design made in Cherry, Ash and Sapelli

Student Work Round Up It is always wonderful to see a round up of student work. And to see just how quickly our students progress during the time they spend here. Most come to Rowden without any previous cabinetmaking experience; they really are ... more

Christian O’Reilly

416 Words - Posted on 14th Mar 2017
Woodworking Case Studies

Christian sitting on one of the benches he designed and made for the Beverley Art Gallery in Hull Christian O'Reilly Furniture Design It is always wonderful and extremely heartening to see our students complete the course here and then head off ... more

Student Work: Gideon Traas

483 Words - Posted on 14th Feb 2017

Meet Gideon Traas. Gideon came to Rowden from Holland a year ago to undertake the year-long Designer/Maker course. For his final piece he settled upon the idea of a pair of side tables, similar but different. The same shape and dimensions, and ... more

The importance of regular breaks

420 Words - Posted on 3rd Feb 2017

Taking time to stop One of the things we place a great deal of emphasis on here is the importance of breaks. This is not just to give our students regular, physical breaks from making, but also to give their minds a rest too. Whether it's a morning ... more

Crafts Council Hothouse 2017 Matthew Duckworth

349 Words - Posted on 17th Jan 2017
Matt Duckworth

Matthew Duckworth We are delighted to announce that one of our former students, Matthew Duckworth, has been selected to take part in the Crafts Council’s 2017 Hothouse programme. Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s creative and business ... more

Student Furniture Showcase – Part 2

283 Words - Posted on 15th Sep 2016
woodworking case studies

Part 2 of our most recent student furniture showcase comes from Tom Emmett and Tim Roseborough. Both are coming to the end of their one year designer maker courses. Tom Emmett You may have seen Tom's work in a previous post or on our Instagram ... more

Student Furniture Showcase – Part 1

331 Words - Posted on 13th Sep 2016
woodworking case studies

It's always a pleasure when it's time to show off some of our great student work. This time we have Eddie who is currently on our one year designer maker course and Josh who has just successfully completed this course. Eddie Southerden Eddie ... more

All Hail the Duckworth Double!

345 Words - Posted on 28th Jul 2016
Matt Duckworth receiving his award

There were celebrations in the Rowden workshops when it was announced that recent graduate, Matt Duckworth had been awarded first prize at the 5th Annual Furniture Prize competition, sponsored by the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and Axminster Tools. ... more

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