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Woodworking and Furniture making

West Dean College has a long-established reputation for the structured sequence of courses in fine furniture making and musical instrument making that runs in each programme, as well as courses in other woodworking processes and decorative finishes.

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Techniques include: Hand tool tuning, Tool making, Furniture making, Cabinet making, Basic woodworking, Repairing furniture, Chair making, Upholstery, Marquetry, Furniture painting, Woodturning, Small scale turning, Woodcarving, Relief carving, Sculptural carving, Picture framing, Oil gilding, Water gilding, Musical instrument making, Guitar making, Violin, viol and cello making, Stringed instruments and, Harp making.

Tutors include (click on their names for more information): Norbert Gutowski, John Hill, Tom Kealy, James Mursell, Malcolm Martin,Dave Regester, Richard Ricardo, Colin Simpson, Ted Vincent, Nic Webb,Judy Wetherall and Toby Winteringham

Workshops and equipment

Furniture making and other woodworking courses are held in the Main Workshop which is equipped with work-benches, lathes and all the relevant tools and equipment. Woodcarving normally takes place in the adjoining Stone Room. All workshops are on the ground floor.

How to find us


West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.

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