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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.

  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Autumn Saturday

    Every other Saturday, 23 Sept to 3 Dec - all classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00.

  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Saturday Autumn

    Saturdays; 23-Sept to 02-December 2017 9:00 am to 4:00pm

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

    From 9 am to 4 pm, every other Sunday from 24 Sept to 3 Dec 2017

  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Sunday Autumn

    Sunday, 24-Sept to 4- Dec 2017 All classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Woodworking – Autumn Monday

    Mondays 25 Sept to 4 Dec-2017 All classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear Monday Autumn

    September 25 to December 4 Alternate Mondays from 9am to 4pm.

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

    Tuesday, 26-Sept to 5-Dec 2017 All classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Intermediate/Advanced Woodworking – Autumn Wednesday

    Wednesdays-27 - Sept to 6 Dec -2017 All classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

    Thursday, 28-Sept to 7-Dec - 2017 all classes run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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

    Saturday, 30-Sept to 9-Dec - 2017 All classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

    Saturday, 30-Sept to 9-Dec - All classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

    Sunday 1 Oct to 10 Dec 2017 - All Classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Mosaic Tiles – Autumn Sunday

    Oct 1, Oct 22, Nov 12, Nov 26, Dec 10 - all classes run from 9 am to 4 pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • French Upholstery with Laurant Laine of Ecole Boulle – October

    Monday 23-Oct 2017 thru Friday 27-Oct 2017 4 pm.

    Book Now - £375.00
  • French Polishing and Traditional Wax Finishes

    Monday 23-Oct 2017 thru Friday 27-Oct 2017 4 pm.

    Book Now - £375.00
  • Pyrography Taster Class

    From 9 am to 4 pm Monday 22 January 2018

    Book Now - £50.00

Our Tutors

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Lilian Shaw – Stained Glass and Applique

Lilian Shaw – Stained Glass and Applique

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Principal Tutor – Ernest Riall, PhD – 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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Karen Wones – Mosaic Tiles

Karen Wones – Mosaic Tiles

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Pierre-Alain Le Cousin

Pierre-Alain Le Cousin

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Susan Mills

Susan Mills

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Laurent Lainé – French Upholstry

Laurent Lainé – French Upholstry

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Principal Tutor – Gregory Cupitt-Jones – 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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Principal Tutor – Paul Tear, MBE – Restoration/Marquetry

Principal Tutor – Paul Tear, MBE – 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 – Jewelry Making

Candace Pearce – Jewelry 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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