furniture making courses at robinson house studio

fine furniture design & cabinet making courses

Marc Fish started teaching after identifying a need for high quality cabinet making tuition. Having gone down the usual City and Guilds route when he was training, he is all too aware of large class numbers, uninspiring tutors and lack of personal attention. It is for this reason he personally trains only small groups of furniture making students.

He has been awarded four Guild Marks by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, and in 2011 he was awarded the Claxton Stevens Award for the best guild mark issued in 2010. This makes Marc's studio one of only two in the UK running courses in furniture making who have been awarded this coveted title. Visiting lecturers include Richard Williams of Richard Williams Furniture, also a winner of the Claxton Stevens Award, Rod Wales of Wales and Wales and Charlie Whinney, steam bending guru of Charlie Whinney Associates. View details about our guests here.

Marc is a regular author for Furniture & Cabinet Making magazine and you can follow his 'how to' articles to see how some of the award winning furniture was made. View articles here.

Marc's studio is renowned for innovation and experimentation in the field of furniture design. His students are encouraged to mix media and push boundaries; this is not a course for those wishing to learn antique reproduction or restoration.

Prior experience is not required for either course but a genuine passion and willingness to learn is a prerequisite. An informal meeting is advised to discuss suitability before booking any long course.

The length of the furniture making course is flexible. For most, a 12 week or 50 week course is ideal. The 12 week cabinet making course concentrates on furniture making accuracy and hand skills. Full 12 week furniture making course syllabus click here. A couple of small projects and samples will be undertaken in this time. If time allows, a piece of furniture may be completed but accuracy and skill is the main achievement to reach for, speed and productivity will come with experience.

On the longer 50 week furniture making course students cover all aspects to the same standard as the 12 week course, but will also construct pieces of fine furniture to their own design and cover more advanced techniques. Running a furniture making business, marketing, and other subjects can also be covered. Full 50 week furniture making course syllabus click here.

External visits to timber yards are included on both furniture making courses to gain invaluable experience.

At the first meeting the syllabus is discussed along with the student's options. Then a bespoke course is designed, which caters for the students needs. This way Marc is able to teach students of all abilities.

New Courses

Art classes are now being run, these are run over two days and cover sketching, perspective and watercolours.

Computer aided design one-week beginners, or for the more advanced we run an advanced classes covering 3D modelling, autocad and Rhinocad.

The courses are held at Marc's 'robinson house studio' where students will mix with bench rental users and see Marc Fish's award winning fine furniture being made.

To read the views of ex-students click here.

It could be the change your life needs. Marc specialises in training students that have retired or are looking for a change of career. Do something exciting in 2013.

courses at a glance:

50 week furniture design and making course

50 week full time course covering all aspects of furniture design and making including more advanced techniques. Students design and construct pieces of fine furniture. £17,000.
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Two-year furniture design and making course

Our two-year course is ideal for those who really want to explore the world of furniture making. Students design and make advanced pieces and can obtain our coveted higher diploma. £30,000

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12 week furniture design and making courses

12 week course covers an in-depth syllabus concentrating on accuracy and techniques. £6,500
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20 week furniture design and making course

The 20 week course covers all the same elements as the 12 week but allows more time to complete your projects. This course is ideal for international students from non-EU countries. £10,000

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Weekend furniture technique courses

Weekend courses run throughout the year on subjects such as; routing, spindle moulding, wood machining, wood finishing, sharpening, laminating and dovetails. £275 per two day weekend.
Read more here about weekend courses.

Two-day furniture making taster course

Do you fancy changing your career? Not sure if it is for you? Concerned you won't be able to do it? Why not have a couple of days with Marc Fish @ robinson house studio. It is a no risk opportunity for you to have a go before comitting to a longer course and we will refund the cost of the course on any 12 week or longer course booked.

Dates are very flexible. £275