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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

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  • Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

    July 16 until July 20 from 9am to 4pm.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth- SUMMER 2018 (5 days)

    July 23 until July 27 from 9am to 4pm.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – Monday AUTUMN 2018 (10 sessions)

    September 10th until November 12th, every Monday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Tuesday AUTUMN 2018 (10 sessions)

    September 11th until November 13th, every Tuesday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Wood Working (Intermediate/Advanced) with Phil Lyons – Wednesday AUTUMN 2018 (10 sessions)

    September 12th until November 14th, every Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

    Book Now - From £275.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday AUTUMN 2018 (10 sessions)

    September 13th until November 15th, every Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Home School Series – Wood Carving – Friday AUTUMN 2018

    September 14th until November 2nd, every Friday from 1pm to 4pm.

    Book Now - From £200.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 15th until December 1st, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Saturday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 15th until December 1st, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 16th until December 2nd, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear – Monday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 17th until December 3rd, every OTHER Monday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 22th until November 17th, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Jewellery Making (Introduction) with Candace Pearce – Saturday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 22th until November 17th, every OTHER Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday AUTUMN 2018 (5 sessions)

    September 23rd until November 18th, every OTHER Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

    Book Now - From £250.00
  • Home School Series – Wood Working – Friday AUTUMN 2018

    November 9th until December 21st, every Friday from 1pm until 3pm.

    Book Now - From £200.00

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

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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Karen Wones – MOSAIC TILES

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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 Mills – PYROGRAPHY

Susan Mills – 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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