A Plymouth University student has been awarded the opportunity to train with one of the country’s most respected furniture companies this summer.
Scott Whitfield, who has recently completed his first year on the BA (Hons) 3D Design (Designer Maker) course, is one of just eight students from across the UK selected to take part in the first ever LINLEY Summer School.
The opportunity will enable students to learn a range of cabinet making and marquetry skills from master craftsmen, and the week-long course will be taught by Jonathan Rose, marquetry expert and fine furniture maker for LINLEY since 1997, and William Warren, an award-winning designer and draftsman, and senior lecturer in furniture design at The CASS.
The Summer School, which is being held at Messum’s Wiltshire, will also host a programme of guest lecturers and craftsmen including Gareth Neal, Bill Amberg, and Matthew Hilton.
Scott, 19, whose interest in woodwork and craft was first sparked from making bird boxes with his grandfather, but then encouraged by his parents when they were extending the family home, has been awarded a full bursary to attend the course from August 22-28. He said:
“I love working with my hands, developing ideas through into reality and seeing the enjoyment that others get from a well-crafted piece of furniture. I am fascinated by what can be achieved by both traditional and modern skills and I am always keen to learn new skills in order to broaden my experience.”