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Annual Open Day - Saturday 11th July 2020 – 10am-3pm

Come along to our Annual Open Day here at The Threshing Barn on Saturday 11th July 2020 from 10am-3pm. You can meet our expert tutors, see professional demonstrations and pick up advice, tools and products along with a stunning Furniture Exhibition of the pieces designed and made on the Professional Long course, at the students’ End of Year Show.color-line

This year there is plenty to do and see; we have Peter Sefton’s ever popular hand skills tutorials which give visitors a flavour of the sort of skills they can learn on the professional long course and short courses at the School and for Peter’s thorough, yet relaxed teaching style.


  • Peter Sefton will be demonstrating Hand Tool techniques
  • Andrew Hall from Andrew Hall Woodturning will be demonstrating woodturning techniques
  • Artisan Media will be filming the Open Day, who produced the Peter Sefton DVD series which will also be available for sale
  • Bob Jones our 2 Day French Polishing Course tutor will be demonstrating French Polishing and traditional finishing
  • Wood Workers Workshop will be open with plenty of deals on woodworking tools and products
  • Sean Feeney, the School's Designer and Maker in Residence will be talking about the School’s Professional Long Course and End of Year Show
  • Tony Smart, past Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, will be our guest speaker
  • At the end of the day the Long Course Student Prize Giving will take place with the School’s sponsors Hammer Felder, Whitmores Timber, Mundy Veneers, Fiddes & Son, Wood Workers Workshop and Gordon Russell Museum

You could win a £50 Gift Voucher kindly donated by Wood Workers Workshop when you enter the Prize Draw for the Visitor's Choice Favourite Piece prize from our Student Graduates' End of Year Show.


WELL DONE! to all our previous  Professional Long Course Graduates - our sponsors and suppliers kindly donate the following end of year prizes which are presented at our July Open Day:-

Gordon Russell Museum donated a £250 Outstanding Furniture Design prize

The 2018 prize was won by Roland Smith for his "Wave" Bedside Cabinets

Mundy Veneers presented the "Complete Manual of Wood Veneering" for the Best Use of Veneers prize

The 2018 prize was won by Roland Smith for his "Wave" Bedside Cabinets

Roland Smith Wave Bedside Cabinet

Hammer Felder UK donated the "Spindle Moulder Handbook " for the Favourite Piece using Wood Machining prize

The 2018 prize was won by the Robou Cabinet Makers Workbench

Robou Cabinet Makers Workbench


Whitmores Timber donated "A Craftsman's Guide to Wood" for the Best Use of Solid Timber prize

The 2018 prize was won by Dave Taylor for his "Toro" Hallway Chairs

Toro Hallway Chairs


The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers donated the Unsung Hero prize

The 2018 prize was won by Reuben Lloyd-Thomas


Fiddes & Son donated a selection of french polishes and waxes for the Best Student Finisher prize

The 2018 prize was won by Dan Wall for his "#36" Occasional Table

36 Occasional Table



Wood Workers Workshop donated a £75 Gift Voucher for the Visitor's Choice Favourite Piece prize, where visitors entered into a Prize Draw for a chance to win

The Visitor's Choice prize was won by Tom Bradley for his "Envelope" Dining Table

Envelope Dining Table


There's a free BBQ run by the Wood Club UK, who are  hoping for donations in return for their hard work flipping all those burgers for our hungry visitors!  Wood Club UK is a group of professionals and hobbyists promoting woodworking, the money raised is used to fund their forum. To join their Facebook group click here.

Don’t forget to join us next year – make a note in your diary for Saturday 10th July 2021 …