Artichoke Announces Second Year of its Furniture School

We are pleased to announce the second year of the Artichoke School of Furniture, an initiative we started in 2019 as a series of free evening courses for local school children.

The school’s aim is to introduce 16 and 17 year olds to woodworking.  It’s grass roots aim is to inspire students and turn their lights on to craft as a future career.

For those we do inspire, we can help guide them with their next steps, whether it be working as an apprentice in our own workshops or by helping students apply for a scholarship through initiatives such as the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Wilma one of the school's course tutors
Artichoke maker Wilma heads up the Artichoke School of Furniture.


It takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to create interiors which will be admired in hundreds of years.  The reason antiques exist today is because they were made properly many years ago, by skilled craftsmen and women who took care.  They took the same care then as the Artichoke team do today, which is why our work for our clients will last centuries. 

The foundation of the Artichoke School of Furniture goes a small way to help us build on these principles and to deliver our company vision, which is that in 100 years, English design and craftsmanship continues to flourish; creating interiors celebrated by future generations.

Rosie is the second of the school’s tutors and is supported by new maker, Ed (seen on the right below)


Our belief that we are creating Britain’s future heritage is not for everyone, and it will only suit clients with a certain mindset, budget and house.  But for those who view passing their home down to the next generation in a better state that it was found in as being one of life’s greatest achievements, we should talk.  It’s quite possible that one of Artichoke’s School of Furniture graduates may well have a hand in the work.

The 2021 course begins on 6th October and runs for 6 weeks.  As every, many thanks to Axminster Tools for providing the excellent tools for the children to use.


The model for the Artichoke School of Furniture was developed by us to be simple so it can be rolled out by other makers also wishing to inspire young people in their local communities.  If you are a cabinet maker or craftsperson, and you’re interested in rolling out our model into your own community, please contact us at or call on +44 (0)1934 745270.

You can see our Artichoke School of Furniture Graduates 2019 here  or learn more about our commitment to nurturing creative talent.



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