Alex Cunningham travelled from London, where he was a working as an Architectural Engineering Consultant, to Lyme Regis. Alex wanted to develop his woodworking hobby, but also plans to establish a career in collaborative design and build projects. Alex’s personal project piece is a contemporary writing desk, with a nod to Art Deco, in Cherry and Walnut.
Jonny Pryor has a degree in Photography and his own website business. After years of staring at a computer screen he decided he wanted to pursue a more hands-on, practical career. Jonny heard about the Academy from a friend who completed the 12 week Woodworking course a few years ago and highly recommended it. For his final piece Jonny is making a hoop backed rocking chair steam bent in Ash and Elm. After the course he hopes to gain further experience with a furniture designer or a carpenter.
Following a 15 year career in the military Simon, from Dorset, chose woodworking as a new career. He completed a bench joinery course in 2015 and joined the 12 week course to further develop his skills. Simon is making a traditional tool chest, inspired by ‘The Anarchists Toolchest’, in American black Walnut with bird’s eye Maple panelling with Maple and Oak drawers. We think it’s too beautiful to keep tools in. After the course Simon will look for opportunities in the woodworking industry.
Tim Whitcomb flew over from Japan to attend the course. He has a Degree in Architecture and has worked in Marketing and Design for the last ten years. Tim used an innovative approach to his two assessment pieces by rounding off the dovetails to reshape the traditional square box design. He adapted the Cherry and Maple cabinet by adding Walnut panels, moulding and handles handmade to his own design. Tim is making a set of music stands for his personal project piece. The stands will be made from air-dried Ash, Cherry, Oak and Brown Oak on steam bent feet. The music stands are of an elegant, lightweight construction with a functional design.