Class of September 2015

Eight students joined the Academy on 14th September 2015 for the 12 week Woodworking Skills course. The students joined the course for a variety of reasons – to train for a new career, to learn new skills or to build on and develop existing ones, from a range of backgrounds.

As part of their training, they each designed and made their own unique pieces of furniture. These were displayed on the last day of their course – 4th December 2015, to a packed workshop full of family, friends, staff and fellow students.

Caspar Hulacki

Caspar worked on a dairy farm in West Dorset’s Bride Valley before joining the Academy . Wanting to learn some new and creative skills, he decided to join the 12 week course. As part of his training Caspar made an elm desk to use for writing and drawing after the course.

Charlie Mayer

Charlie is from South Africa and loves sailing and woodworking. Over the past 6 years, Charlie has worked aboard, sailed and raced a range of different vessels and has gained RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster off-shore qualifications. During this time he also enjoyed learning boat refit, repair and maintenance skills. Enjoying the woodworking aspects of this work, he wanted to develop these skills further and so decided to join the 12 week course.

Harry Reeves

Harry worked as a property developer for many years refurbishing properties in London, Cornwall, France and most recently a farmhouse and adjoining barns in Devon. Harry has also worked as a Mountain Leader for World Challenge, an organisation which provides life-changing expeditions for school students. As part of his training at the Academy, Harry designed and made an oak coffee table using oak from his farm in Devon.

Lucian Parfitt

Lucian is from Peterborough and has a BA in Journalism and City & Guilds qualifications in Site Carpentry. He worked as a builder and carpenter before joining the Academy. Projects involved building brick walled and timber framed art studios, and the making and fitting of windows, doors and roofing. Interested in learning about furniture design and making, and wanting to refine his woodworking skills, Lucian decided to join the 12 week course.

Marc Davies

Marc from Hertfordshire has a degree in Building Surveying and for 8 years worked in roles as a Building Surveyor or Project Manager for a variety of new build and building refurbishment projects. Before joining the Academy, Marc worked as a Skipper aboard a 30ft Maxi 100 that led a flotilla of 12 boats in Greece. Deciding he would like to learn new practical joinery skills to combine with his previous work experience, Marc decided to join the 12 week course.

Michael Clifton-Dey

Before joining the Academy, Michael, originally from Weymouth, worked as a Machinist for Rolls-Royce in Bristol. Here he completed an apprenticeship, achieved a HNC in Mechanical Engineering and learned to use a range of manual and automated machines to manufacture components (mainly for gas turbine engines used in the defence industry) from technical drawings. After 7 years in this role Michael decided he wanted to learn new skills. Having an interest in joinery and furniture design, he decided to join the 12 week course. In spare time as a member of Weymouth Sailing Club, he enjoys sailing and is currently restoring a Sunbeam Alpine.

Tom Zinovieff

Tom has always been interested in wood and woodworking. His father is a cabinet maker and Tom enjoyed watching and helping him at work whilst growing up. He has a Foundation degree in Art and Design and his other interests are food, film and photography. Before joining the Academy he worked a variety of roles in the T.V and film industry. This included work as a cameraman, production assistant, script supervisor and as a researcher for River Cottage and Gordon Ramsay cooking programmes. He has also worked as a chef at a Notting Hill restaurant, and most recently during a break in film, he worked at Kew Gardens on a three month internship.

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