School Visits to Artichoke Ltd and Vastern's Timber Co Ltd.
At Williams and Cleal, we enrich our syllabus by offsite visits to regional bespoke furniture makers, timber merchants and design companies.
The purpose of these visits is to help students better experience the industry they are entering; to hear of first hand of developments, trends and new technique/ machinery being used in bespoke furniture design and production.
On Tuesday 7th March, by kind invitation of Bruce Hodgson and John Hampton of Artichoke Ltd (http://www.artichoke-ltd.com/
) our students visited the Artichoke workshop to experience how these leading designer/makers of bespoke furniture, kitchens and architectural joinery work.
The visit to Artichoke was very inspirational for all of our students and opened their eyes to opportunities, processes and design technologies at the forefront of the high end bespoke furniture industry.
On Thursday 9th March, the school visited Vastern's Timber Company (https://www.vastern.co.uk/
), located near Wootten Bassett. Here, Tom Barnes of Vastern's Timber, toured our students through the timber yard and demonstrated techniques on timber cutting, drying and storing processes - and good timber selection. Again, the visit was very useful and informative for the students and proves to be a great hit each year with new intakes of students.