We’re now in the third week of Artichoke’s School of Furniture. The free course is an initiative launched by us and with help from the Kings of Wessex Academy, and the aim is to introduce local children to our craft and to teach them some basic fundamentals of working with hand tools. If we can inspire any of them to consider craft as a career, then we’ve succeeded.
For us the journey is proving to be fascinating. We’re also learning huge amounts and we’ve got lots more to learn. This first year is very much a pilot, and as we progress we’ll no doubt improve the course content and how we go about it.
We’d like to pass what we’re learning onto other makers, and perhaps inspire them to start their own free course too. If you’re a cabinet maker and you want to find out more about how Artichoke’s course was modelled, do get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d happily share what we’re learning with you.