Furniture School

At robinson house studio, we're passionate about furniture design and cabinet making. At our state-of-the-art workshop on the East Sussex coast, we help students develop their woodworking skills so they can produce their own unique, high-quality pieces. Although our courses are centred around traditional woodworking skills, students also have the option of learning more contemporary techniques.

The Workshop
An Introduction to Handtools and Furniture Making
Marc Fish designer, 2023

Find the perfect furniture making course for you

From weekend classes, 19 weeks, 50 weeks and two year furniture making & woodworking courses. Our one week taster course is available throughout the year. Arrange a visit NOW!

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At RHS you’ll learn business and design skills from school founder and international artist Marc Fish, and traditional woodworking methods from award-winning master craftsman Theo Cook.

Workshop Facilities

robinson house studio moved to its current location in the spring of 2019, the entire unit has been carefully planned to encompass state of the art machinery alongside quiet teaching areas with plenty of room for each student and their individual bench. Find out more about the studio here. Or see students at work photos.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have credit rated our popular 50 Week Furniture Design and Makers’ course at SCQF Level 8

Furniture Making Courses

We offer long and short courses in bespoke furniture making to suit beginners to skilled craftsmen. For those who would like to gain a qualification we are delighted our 50 Week Furniture Design & Makers' Course has been Scottish Qualifications Authority credit rated SCQF Level 8. We have an extensive range of weekend courses to give the hobbyist or designer/maker chance to learn a new technique such as steam bending, wood-finishing techniques or laminating.

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Theo Cook's Japanese Dovetail

Theo Cook’s Japanese dovetail videos have quite a following on YouTube! Theo’s highly complex joint making skills have become the envy of many furniture makers around the world. You can view his work and subscribe to his channel here:

Marc Fish's tool board

Why Study with Us?

Looking at course providers can be confusing, and we know that there are a lot of options available if you want to get into furniture making. Here at RHS we are very proud of our state-of-the-art, newly constructed school. We also have highly-skilled, top of their game tutors, a strong focus on design and business studies to get you up and running after you leave. Plus our fabulous location, with easy access by public transport.

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Students’ Portfolio

Students’ Portfolio

Our students here at robinson house studio produce a varied array of very high quality work. On our One Year Furniture Design & Makers’ course you can expect to produce 3-4 pieces whilst covering an in-depth syllabus, visiting exhibitions and ending with a portfolio.

Long Courses 2024

Long Courses 2024

Our courses go beyond traditional woodworking courses. Learn and develop great hand skills in things like planing, sharpening, and joinery, to take your furniture making and design to the next level. From a 19 week course and a 50 week or two years course. Plus a one-week taster!


Weekend Classes

If you are wishing to learn new woodworking skills or develop an area of furniture design, our weekend courses cover it. From an introduction to using hand tools for furniture making, or wood finishing techniques, to making the perfect dovetails and using carbon fibre in construction.



Everything you need to know about our courses, applying and life here in East Sussex. Please do get in touch if you have any questions, we’re happy to help!

Latest News

Latest News

Read all the latest news from robinson house studio here including site visits, exhibition coverage, articles on living in Brighton, interviews from tutors, students and makers. Plus our trips to London and the odd magazine coverage.



Our studio is located in Newhaven, right on the coast, nestled between Brighton and Eastbourne. We have a well connected train station 10 mins. walk away and are around an 90 mins. from London. You’re welcome to visit anytime.