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Welcome to the Wooburn Craft School Ltd.

Wooburn Craft School Ltd. delivers short classes in furniture restoration, upholstery, jewellery making, woodworking and woodcarving. We also plan to offer courses in rush seating, caning, and new classes are being added all the time, so please check back in with us soon!

All of our tutors are seasoned professionals with years of experience both in the practice of their craft and in teaching their skills to others.

We now have our new Winter 2017 schedule out and in addition to our other classes, Our new additions – Stained Glass were both well received and will be continued.  Please look at our schedule for more details.

Please note that many of our classes sold out so if you are interested please contact us as soon as you can as you may lose your place.

Thank you for your interest – we look forward to hearing from you!


Current Classes

Click here for more information on our current course schedule.

  • Introduction to Woodworking – Winter Monday

    Mondays 11-Jan to 15-Mar-2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Tuesday Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Winter

    Tuesday, 10-Jan to 14-Mar-2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Intermediate Woodworking – Winter Wednesday

    Wednesdays, 11-Jan to 15-Mar-2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Thursday Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD Winter

    Thursday, 12-Jan to 16–Mar 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Friday

    13 - January 2017 to 10-March 2017, Alternate Fridays from 9am to 4pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones Winter Saturday

    Saturday, 14-Jan to 11–Mar 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Winter Saturday

    Saturdays; 14-Jan to 11–Mar 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Winter Sunday

    Sunday, 14-Jan to 11–March 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Winter Sunday

    Sunday, 15-Jan to 12–March 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Saturday Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD Winter

    Saturday, 21-Jan to 18–Mar 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Jewelry Making – Winter Saturdays

    Saturday, 21-Jan to 18–Mar 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Stained Glass – Winter Sunday

    Sunday 22-Jan to 19 – March 2017

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Stained Glass – Spring Sunday

    Sundays 23-April to 18-June 2017

    Book Now - £250.00

Our Tutors

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Tutor  – Stained Glass and Applique – Lilian Shaw

Tutor – Stained Glass and Applique – Lilian Shaw

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Principal Tutor – Ernest Riall, PhD

Ernest has studied with the leading woodcarvers in England and in France at Ecole Boulle. His passion is primarily focused on carving that is in the support of restoration of furniture while he is equally inspired by carving in support of artistic endeavours.

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Laurent Lainé

Laurent Lainé

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Principal Tutor – Gregory Cupitt-Jones

Greg Cupitt-Jones acts both as an advisor to the school and as a Principal Tutor. Greg has been running Cottage Upholstery, a very successful upholstery business in a small rural workshop in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire for over 24 years.

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Principal Tutor – Paul Tear, MBE

Principal Tutor – Paul Tear, MBE

Paul Tear has over 40 years of furniture making and restoration experience. Beginning as an apprentice, Paul became enthused about the restoration process and soon worked his way up to head conservator for The Wallace Collection where his focus was on 18th Century French furniture.

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Tutor – Phil Lyons

Tutor – Phil Lyons

Phil has always been inclined toward woodwork and hand skills. He graduated from Bucks New University over ten years ago and since that time he has started and successfully built a furniture restoration business. During that time he has made a concerted effort to study all the different ways that furniture is made.

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Tutor – Candace Pearce

Tutor – Candace Pearce

In her role as tutor at Bucks New University, Candace has, in her 34 years teaching, inspired many of her students to win major design awards including Goldsmiths and Pewterers. Candace has experience in all of the basic areas of Jewellery Making. In addition to teaching the primary course at Bucks, Candace has taught many evening and short classes.

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