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.
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 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.