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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, stain glass 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 Spring 2016 schedule out and in addition to our other classes, Our new additions – Jewelery Making and Woodworking 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.

  • Woodcarving For Furniture Restorers/Conservators

    25 July - 29 July

  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear, MBE Saturday – Autumn

    Saturday, 16 April, 2016 9:00 am to Saturday, 18 June, 2016 4:00 pm

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

    Saturday, 17 Sept, 2016 9:00 am to Saturday, 26 Nov, 2016 4:00 pm

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

    Sunday, 18 Sept, 2016 9:00 am to Sunday, 27 Nov, 2016 4:00 pm

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

    Sunday, 18 Sept, 2016 9:00 am to Sunday, 27 Nov, 2016 4:00 pm

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

    Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 6:00 pm to Tuesday 22 November, 2016 9:00 pm

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

    Thursday, 22 September, 2016 to Thursday 24 November, 2016

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

    Saturday, 24 September, 2016 9:00 am to Saturday, 19 November, 2016 4:00pm

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

    Saturday, 24 September, 2016 9:00 am to Saturday, 19 November, 2016 4:00pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Stained Glasss – Autumn

    Sunday 25 September through 20 November, all classes run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Introduction to Woodworking – Autumn

    Mondays 26 September to 28 November all classes run from 6:00 to 9:00pm

    Book Now - £250.00
  • Intermediate Woodworking – Autumn

    Wednesdays, 28 September to 30 November - all classes run from 6:00 to 9:00pm

    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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