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Welcome to the Wooburn Craft School Ltd.

Wooburn Craft School Ltd. delivers short classes in Furniture Restoration, Upholstery, Jewellery Making, Wood Working and Wood Carving. 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 Summer 2018 schedule out so please look at our schedule for more details.

Also 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.

  • Seat Caning and Rushing with Christine Brewster – Special EASTER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - April 1st until April 5th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Pyrography with Susan Mills – Special EASTER Course 2019 (2 days)

    Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - April 6th and 7th.

    Book Now - From £80.00
  • Seat Rushing with Christine Brewster – Special EASTER Course 2019 (2 days)

    Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - April 13th and 14th.

    Book Now - From £75.00
  • Wood Working (Intermediate/Advanced) with Phil Lyons – Wednesday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

    Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 24th until July 3rd.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Wednesday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 24th until June 19th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 27th until June 22th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Candace Pearce – Saturday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 27th until June 22nd.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 28th until June 23rd.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – Monday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

    Every Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 29th until July 1st.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Tuesday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

    Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - April 30th until July 2nd.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Grant Forsyth – Thursday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

    Every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 2nd until July 4th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday SPRING 2019 (10 sessions)

    Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 2nd until July 4th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Home School Program – Jewellery Making – Friday SPRING 2019 (8 sessions)

    Every Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 3rd until June 28th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 4th until June 29th.

  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Saturday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 4th until June 29th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 5th until June 30th.

  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Sunday SPRING 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - May 5th until June 30th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Marquetry (Introduction) with Paul Tear, MBE – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 1st until July 5th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Machine Carving with Simon Clement – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 sessions)

    Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 1st until July 5th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Introduction to Marquetry with Paul Tear – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - July 1st until July 5th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Pyrography with Susan Mills – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (2 days)

    Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 6th and 7th.

    Book Now - From £80.00
  • Machine Wood Carving with Simon Clement – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - July 15th until July 19th.

  • Advanced Wood Carving with Simon Clement – Circular Mirror Frame – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - July 15th until July 19th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - July 22nd until July 26th.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD (Introduction) – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    July 22nd until July 26th from 9am to 4pm.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Seat Caning and Rushing with Christine Brewster – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - July 29th until August 2nd.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • Advanced Wood Carving with Simon Clement – The Three ages of the Acanthus Leaf – Special SUMMER Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - August 5th until August 9th.

    Book Now - From £100.00
  • French Upholstery with Laurent Laine of l’Ecole Boulle – Special AUTUMN Course 2019

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - October 21st until October 25th.

    Book Now - From £395.00
  • French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes with Pierre-Alain Le Cousin – Special AUTUMN Course 2019 (5 days)

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm - October 21st until October 25th.

    Book Now - From £395.00

Our Tutors

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Lilian Shaw – STAINED GLASS AND APPLIQUE

Lilian Shaw – STAINED GLASS AND APPLIQUE

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Grant Forsyth – JEWELLERY MAKING

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Simon Clement – MACHINE/ADVANCED CARVING TECHNIQUES

Simon Clement – MACHINE/ADVANCED CARVING TECHNIQUES

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Ernest Riall, PhD (Principal Tutor) – WOOD CARVING

Ernest Riall, PhD (Principal Tutor) – WOOD CARVING

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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Christine Brewster – CHAIR CANING AND RUSHING

Christine Brewster – CHAIR CANING AND RUSHING

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Pierre-Alain Le Cousin – FRENCH POLISHING AND WAX FINISHES

Pierre-Alain Le Cousin – FRENCH POLISHING AND WAX FINISHES

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Susan Millis – PYROGRAPHY

Susan Millis – PYROGRAPHY

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Laurent LainĂ© – FRENCH UPHOLSTERY

Laurent LainĂ© – FRENCH UPHOLSTERY

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Gregory Cupitt-Jones (Principal Tutor) – UPHOLSTERY

Gregory Cupitt-Jones (Principal Tutor) – UPHOLSTERY

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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Paul Tear, MBE (Principal Tutor) – FURNITURE RESTORATION/MARQUETRY

Paul Tear, MBE (Principal Tutor) – FURNITURE RESTORATION/MARQUETRY

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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Phil Lyons – WOOD WORKING

Phil Lyons – WOOD WORKING

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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Candace Pearce – JEWELLERY MAKING

Candace Pearce – JEWELLERY MAKING

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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