Tom Straker – Fisherman’s Friend

Tom Straker is a fine example of the kind of person that comes to to learn with us and proves that with the right attitude and focus, one year furniture making courses here at Rowden Woodworking Atelier can help you develop your woodworking skills to a level of making that will ensure you work in the industry when you leave. Tom’s dedication produced an amazing Cabinet complete with removable boxes to house fishing tackle that could be taken along with you for a day’s fishing, as well as building more fundamental folio pieces, such as his “Harry’s” chair, to ensure he had the best chances of success after his time here.


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