Why Scotland Is The Place For Woodworking
Why Scotland Is The Place For Woodworking
Principal of The Chippendale International School of Furniture, Tom Fraser, shares his views on why Scotland is the best place for anyone wishing to pursue a journey into woodworking

Escaping to Scotland to fulfil a creative passion might sound idealistic, but it’s a step that many woodworkers take when starting out on their woodworking career. Scotland is uniquely placed to welcome woodworkers – from its materials, to its setting, and its supportive community of craftspeople.

As a school, we welcome students from around the world to learn professional-grade skills in woodworking and furniture design – and there’s a reason they choose Scotland as the place to learn their craft above any other destination.

Quality wood

Scotland is known for its premium timber, which is regarded as among the best in the world. Native species like Scottish oak, elm, beech, ash, sycamore, yew and larch are much sought after for their durability and variety. Scotland’s climate allows felled wood to dry outside in perfect conditions, which are crucial for creating superior, robust furniture. This is why would-be woodworkers are drawn to Scotland from all over the world – it’s an ideal place to gain direct access to these materials while learning how to use them.

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February 2020