Williams and Cleal furniture school was created to fulfil our passion for furniture and teaching. Our aim is to provide aspiring designer/makers with the necessary making skills and professionalism to pursue their ambition either through personal self-development or the acquistion of business and management skills.

Williams and Cleal offer a range of courses from a one week introduction to a full year furniture design and making course. They also offer an unusual tailor made service which allows students to select both the duration and content of their own course.

All the group sizes are restricted to ensure individual attention.

"In furniture making, learning to do things well is the ideal foundation for the development of practical skills.The team at Williams and Cleal can teach these and demonstrate them in practice. An exciting opportunity".
                                John Makepeace OBE

Fulltime 40 Week Furniture Course

A perfect choice for those wanting to pursue a career change or those wishing to start their own business and develop their existing skill base. The course covers design and making with the majority of the time based within the workshop. The course can be individually built according to student's requirements.

INTAKE Throughout the year.
REQUIREMENTS No formal qualifications required but students must have a strong interest in furniture making and a passion for craftsmanship.

Click here for more information on the full time 40-week furniture course.

Bespoke Service

For those who have very specific requirements and or time constraints, please contact us directly to discuss a tailor made programme.

INTAKE Throughout the year.
REQUIREMENTS No formal training or knowledge, just a passion to learn or advance your furniture skills.

Click here for more information on the bespoke service course.

1 week - Introduction to Fine Furniture Making

This course has been designed for the complete beginner or for the more experienced who would benefit from going ‘back to basics'.

Next course dates:

Monday 20th August 2018 to Friday 24th August 2018. OPEN FOR BOOKINGS NOW

Please register your interest for our August 2018 One Week course by contacting or calling 01984 667555. 


Click here for more information on the 1 Week - Fine Furniture Making course.

Weekend Courses

We offer a range of weekend courses, taught in our picturesque Somerset Workshop by award winning designer maker, Maria Del Mar Gomez, of Byron and Gomez. In just two days, learn new skills and techniques that will introduce you to wider possibilities in furniture making and work on a small project to take home with you.

Courses now open for booking.

Click here to view further information about weekend courses.


Box Making Course  

Dates: 13th/14th October 2018                

Cost:   £288 inc vat

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Veneering Course                        

Dates: 11th/12th August 2018     


Cost:   £288 inc vat 

Level:  Beginner and Intermediate

Make a Bench Stool                              

Dates:1st to 2nd September 2018 and 19th/20th January 2019                  

Cost:  £310 inc vat 

Level:  Beginner and Intermediate


More courses to be announced shortly...





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