With access to 3D printing for prototyping and a CNC machine, I was keen to use these facilities for my first project.
Marc’s lesson on material science was one of the best lectures I have attended, it was inspiring and gave me many new ideas for mixing materials. Felix Wells.
Occasional table, Indian inked sycamore and hammered brass
Coffee table, laminated walnut veneer Josh joined us after graduating with a 1st degree in 3D design. Our course was a great way to apply what he’d learned to furniture making and expand on his knowledge and making skills.
Turntable console, American black walnut and aluminium “After researching a number of schools and facilities there was only one that appeared to offer the contemporary design focus, mixed materials and disciplines I needed to achieve my design and making ambitions.
Hi-Fi stand, walnut When I first started thinking about joining the school I really just hoped that I would be able to improve my woeful woodwork skills. I signed up for the week long taster course to work out whether
Recent graduate James Dabell tells us all about his time at robinson house studio, what he got from the course, and what he enjoyed most.
Rosewood desk I started the one year furniture making course directly after finishing my levels. Having had no experience in woodworking, I was somewhat overwhelmed at first. It didn’t take long, however, for me to settle in and realise I
Sika console table in rippled sycamore, Australian oak, and carbon fibre I did a design degree ages ago, and decided when I finished that degree that maybe it wasn’t quite what I wanted to get into, it was really competitive.
Box with herringbone pattern in wenge As a joiner with a background in design, I have always loved to make things, having an idea and bringing it to life, often then deciding that I could have made it slightly better
Blackened ash and bleached walnut low table After discovering a passion for woodwork I made the terrifying decision to pursue quite a dramatic career change. I visited several training providers but within a few minutes of being at RHS I
Side/hall table in walnut, anigre, ebony I started my 50 week course after nearly four decades working in I.T. I have always liked making things and a furniture creation course seemed like the ideal way to improve my skills and
Desk Zebrano and rosewood Coming from a business background I was a complete newcomer to woodworking and cabinet-making. Enrolling on Marc Fish’s training program was a bit of a leap in the dark mainly inspired by my wish to create
Side table in walnut, bronze and bog oak I wanted to take the chance to say that it’s been a steep learning curve that I took, and I questioned it constantly. I truly can say that without the style of
Chest of drawers in fumed oak and red Corian I came to furniture making later in life than most fellow students on my course. Having left a career in political research I signed up for the fifty week designer maker
Ex-student Fabio Guselli lets us know all about why he chose to study with us, what he thought of the course, and shares his experience of studying here.
Desk in walnut, paint, and steel I had been working in construction for almost ten years when I decided to steer towards furniture. After having done that for a few years, I reached a plateau. I did not develop my
Columbus cigar humidor in rosewood, ebony, glass, Spanish cedar, and pau Amarillo My year course at Robinson House Studio has been a very valuable experience thanks to the high quality learning environment that Marc Fish offers to his students, Marc
Bedside cabinet – one of a pair in rippled sycamore Having worked in Software Engineering for a lifetime, I wanted to develop practical skills with tangible results and hopefully make something I could be proud of. The course has provided
Coffee table in imbuia, bronze, rippled sycamore For me personally, conceiving and making furniture is about so much more than being a wood worker. I’ve always had a strong appreciation for design and after an informal chat with Marc, it
Spider table in walnut & glass I completed a short course with Marc with a specific aim of defining how to turn a long standing idea into reality. However what I came away with was much more than I ever
Sputnik1 Stool, 4000 year old bog oak I had completed one year of furniture design and maker’s diploma at Robinson House Studio (Marc Fish) at Brighton. Prior to embarking on the course, my background experience and academics was in architecture.
Desk in ebonised oak, copper, and leather Chris joined us after doing degree in product design. He was looking to get practical experience in the actual making of furniture. Chris has now started his own cabinet making business and started
Walnut bench After 10 years building scenery for theatre I decided to change careers and attended the 12 week fine furniture making course with Marc.
Record turntable cabinet in walnut and birch I joined ‘robinson house studio’ on the fifty-week course with a real desire to get hands-on making experience and to build-up a portfolio of projects that would take me onto the next step
During my time at Robinson house studio I learnt how to combine traditional making techniques with modern design.
Pair of boxes I was working at a luxury yacht building company when I decided I wanted to develop my hand skills, and after musing over a few different 12 week courses, I decided that Marc’s looked the most comprehensive.
Low table, oak and concrete I worked for many years in Theatre production, as a scenic artist. It was a very varied and interesting job in which I learnt a lot about design and construction and developed a keen interest
Credenza pear and fumed oak Spending a year at Robinson House Studio instilled a confidence in my ability as a craftsman. I chose to come do a course instead of taking a more conventional approach to higher education like University.
Red acrylic and wenge cabinet When Chris came to us after 20 years of making furniture, he wanted to create the kind of furniture he had dreamed of. After a 40 week course Chris has set up his own business
Mobius light Having spent the last 30+ years working as an architect, I was keen to branch out into both designing and making things. I looked around for a suitable course and Marc Fish’s studio at robinson house was the
Alex Clough-Whelan, ex-50 week student, shares his thoughts about his time at robinson house studio, why he chose to study here, and his favourite piece.
Having spent most of my working life as a draughtsman drawing fitted furniture I always knew I wanted to learn how to make furniture to the highest standard possible.
Chair in leather, aluminium, and leather Having left school to join the creative industry, I wasn’t sure where to start. After researching areas, I was interested in I found that Marc’s courses and ‘robinson house studio’ were exactly what I
Ex-student Felix Wells tells us what it was like to study with us during his sandwich year at university, and the benefits of having the school so close to Brighton.