Creating Britain’s Future Makers

We’re now in the third week of Artichoke’s School of Furniture.  The free course is an initiative launched by us and with help from the Kings of Wessex Academy, and the aim is to introduce local children to our craft and to teach them some basic fundamentals of working with hand tools.  If we can inspire any of them to consider craft as a career, then we’ve succeeded.

The students are really focused and hugely enjoyable to teach.  Our thanks go to the team at the Academy for their enthusiasm and also to Axminster for the hand tools.

Artichoke cabinet makers Wilma and Inigo oversee the first intake of the Artichoke School of Furniture

For us the journey is proving to be fascinating.  We’re also learning huge amounts and we’ve got lots more to learn.  This first year is very much a pilot, and as we progress we’ll no doubt improve the course content and how we go about it.

Artichoke’s cabinet maker and course tutor Wilma helps a student.

We’d like to pass what we’re learning onto other makers, and perhaps inspire them to start their own free course too.  If you’re a cabinet maker and you want to find out more about how Artichoke’s course was modelled, do get in contact with  We’d happily share what we’re learning with you.

Removing waste with a chisel is a fundamental skill all cabinet makers learn.