Cockpits Arts Bursaries 2020 – now open

Alumni opportunity – bursaries available for studio space at Cockpit Arts!

Three Awards at Cockpit Arts open for application.

We are delighted to announce that three Cockpit Arts Awards are now open for applications. All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year.

The Cockpit Arts/ Clear Insurance Award

  • The Award supports professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and aspire to develop their craft business.
  • The Award recipient will receive tailored business support, a subsidised studio at Cockpit Arts for one year and an insurance package from Clear Insurance.
  • This is a match-funded place for one year worth £2,500. To be matched by £2,500 from the successful applicant, split into 12 monthly payments.

The Cockpit Arts / The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award

  • The Award aims to assist a basketmaker to start up and grow as an independent maker and business owner. We are looking for an individual who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit, creative excellence and well-developed craft skills.
  • The Award recipient will receive tailored business support and a subsidised studio at Cockpit Arts for one year.
  • We welcome applications from both traditional and contemporary basketmakers.
  • This Award is worth up to £4,500. This is to be supplemented with a £500 contribution from the successful applicant, split into 12 monthly payments. 

The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Awards (2 Places)

  • The Award is open for applications from talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level and the winners will be required to develop new work where leather is a major constituent.
  • The Award recipient will receive tailored business support, a studio at Cockpit Arts for one year and receive shared access to our Leather Hub at Cockpit Arts Deptford which houses leather working equipment.
  • The Award is for one year with further financial support for up to three years on a sliding scale, by selection.
  • This Award is worth up to £3,000. This will be supplemented with a £1,000 contribution from the successful applicants, split into 12 monthly payments.

Further details and application forms are available to download from the website – https://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/, or please contact maxine@cockpitarts.com for further information or to express an interest.

March 2020

We are absolutely delighted to be among 5 recipients of a donation by the inspirational Jay Blades, presenter of BBC 1’s The Repair Shop and Money for Nothing and the Director of Jay & Co. The gift to the college was the outcome of a fundraiser led by Jay & Co with Race Furniture, part of Ocee Design.

Himself an east London boy, Jay left school at 15, eventually finding his true vocation in furniture restoration and upcycling, and now a leading light as Director of Jay & Co and television presenter. His work reflects many of the values we aim to promote here at the BCC – and as he says in his Instagram announcement, he was struck by the hard work we are doing here at the college to help young people find a future in their chosen craft or trade. And impressed by some fantastic results from our learners!

Jay’s donation will go towards new equipment for our joinery department – we can guarantee it will be invaluable in helping our apprentices continue to produce work of the highest standard. Thank you Jay Blades!

August 2020

Employers – have you considered apprenticeships? Did you know from 1st September you can apply to receive up to £2000 (£3000 in some cases*) for taking on a new apprentice?
As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, an incentive payment will be made to all employers hiring an apprentice from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.  As our apprentices and partner employers can testify, an apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn a building craft or trade!
For more information, please contact David Pearham – Senior Manager, Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement – at david.pearham@thebcc.ac.uk. Further information on the scheme below:
  • Claims can be made by employers from 1 September 2020. More information here: https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice
  • The apprentice must be an employee to the business, have a contract of employment start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 (inclusive) and must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the contract start date.
  • There will be two levels of payment based on age: £2000 for apprentices aged 16-24 or £1500 for apprentices aged 25 or over.
  • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments that an employer can claim for apprentices eligible to receive funding, provided each apprentice meets the criteria, including being a new employee.
  • This scheme can boost your business while helping share your skills and training up employees for the future – here at the BCC we support apprentice training for a wide range of employers in the building crafts and trade sector.
* The incentive payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16 to 18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan where that applies.

July 2019

Two BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards, the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at 100% Design in September. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony, held on 19th November.

Iso Cabinets
Designer: Jack Bibbings
University/college: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: English ash and oak

These playful cabinets have been inspired by Bridget Riley and the Op-Art movement, which is based on geometric abstraction and illusion. The name Iso refers to the fact that the cabinets’ geometry is based on an isometric drawing that incorporates 30-, 60- and 90-degree angles. Iso also points to the Greek word for equal as the carcasses of each cabinet are exactly the same. Each cabinet uses compound joint angles to create the illusion. The use of quilted English ash juxtaposes the quarter sawn English oak to enhance the illusion further.

Kent Stick Chair
Designer: Matthew Hensby
University/college: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: South East Forestry and Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: English ash

Kent Stick Chair is a contemporary Windsor chair made from green ash selected from a coppiced woodland in Kent. Hensby’s ambition was to develop a contemporary chair from traditional processes. The chair was created using hand tools and embraces the textures made by the tools. The piece was assembled with moisture differential joinery, resulting in a chair that becomes tighter and stronger as the components dry around one another. The timber has been finished with an organic linseed oil paint.

Further information about the Wood Awards can be found here.

July 2019

Earlier this month the Royal Opera House welcomed us to their annual apprenticeship prize-giving held in its Crush Room. The event was in celebration of two-year apprenticeships in the disciplines of Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry, Dye and Technical Theatre.

This year, there were four graduating apprentices including the BCC’s Tom Forrest (Level 2 Bench Joinery) who is the ROH’s Scenic Carpentry apprentice. Alex Beard, Royal Opera House CEO, gave Tom his award, which had been specially made to reflect his achievements and personality.

Alex also delivered testimonials from tutors and colleagues. Tom was congratulated on the his learning speed, skill in carpentry, dedication to his craft, modesty, and team spirit. His employer has been so impressed with Tom that he has been invited to stay on at Royal Opera House for another year to complete the Level 3 qualification. Travis Warrington, the BCC’s Bench Joinery Tutor, received special thanks from Tom for his knowledge, support and encouragement.

The warmth of the Royal Opera House colleagues, both as employers and as hosts was palpable. Through fostering a great working environment and a sense of togetherness, the Royal Opera House brings all levels of employee together to achieve great things.

July 2019

We are delighted to announce that we are now ready to start to build the Fenland Black Oak table. In 2012 a gigantic Black Oak tree was hit by a Fenland farmer’s plough. It had been laying buried deep beneath the peat for 5000 years. With no budget and against all odds a team of dedicated craftspeople decided to try and preserve this Fenland giant for the nation.

To make a table out of bog oak is fairly remarkable in itself but the trunk found measured 45ft (13.71 metres) in length. The trunk was planked in-situ and the 10 boards it produced were transported to the Building Crafts College where a specifically designed and constructed 14 metre drying kiln was waiting for them. It took 18 people to lift each board into the kiln.

After 10 months the moisture content of the boards was reduced to about 18% and 400 gallons of water had been extracted. As a trunk of this length and girth must be unique it was decided that the boards should be kept in length and from them a 13m long table should be made. The trustees have spent a considerable amount of time fundraising and finding a suitable venue (available to the public). With sufficient funding (to make the table top only) now in place and a venue agreed, for 18 months, at Ely Cathedral the table top can now be made over this summer break at the BCC.

This will be done with the students and staff at the College from July 22nd until August 16th this year. We would be delighted if you were able to attend one of the Open Workshop events, along with any guests you would like to bring:

Weds. August 7th 10.00 – 16.00
Thurs. August 8th 17.00 – 21.00
Sat. August 10th 10.00 – 16.00

Building Crafts College, Kennard Road, Stratford, London E15 1AH

July 2019

Twenty of the Building Craft College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited during the second week of New Designers, at Islington’s Business Design Centre, 3–6 July.

New Designers provides a unique platform for recent design graduates to connect with educators, professionals and consumers. For two weeks, you can discover, connect with and support more than 3,000 breakthrough talents and 100 new creative businesses. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion. It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors. The work on display is complemented by an extensive range of design-focused talks and events, a hands-on printing workshop and prestigious Awards programme.

During the show, five Building Crafts College students received a record-breaking seven awards and shortlistings: Jack Bibbings (Made.com – talent Lab), Rachel Elston (Made.com – talent Lab and John Lewis), Matthew Hensby (John Lewis and The Conran Shop), Paul Wones (John Lewis), Florent Pinzuto (Joseph and Joseph), Hamish Cock (100% Design).

Congratulations to all who exhibited, we look forward to following your careers in the years to come.

A full list of the Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Diploma students who exhibited can be found below:

  • Sapphire Hales
  • Susannah Martin
  • Matthew Dowell
  • Matus Tukot
  • Alex Marshall-Ducker
  • Fiona McKellar
  • Jack Bibbings
  • Anna Cooke-Yarborough
  • Adam Whitfield
  • Rachel Elston
  • Matthew Hensby
  • Hamish Cock
  • Samuel Burke
  • David Clark
  • Joe Sheils
  • Florent Pinzuto
  • Paul Wones
  • Dexter Springer
  • Myles Riches
  • Matthew Dawson

There are places available on the Fine Woodwork courses starting in September 2018. For information or to book a visit to the Building Crafts College please email admissions@thebcc.ac.uk, telephone 0208 522 1705 or drop-in to the College between 10.00 and 4.00 Monday to Friday.

Nineteen-year-old Dan Baxter is an apprentice with TMJ Interiors in Suffolk. TMJ Interiors was established in 1981 and has become a leader in specialist joinery and the interior fit-out industry.

Dan went to TMJ Interiors on leaving school, and is completing his Level 3 Bench Joinery qualification at the Building Crafts College after three years of work- and college-based training.

Dan’s final project is a spalted beech unit with black MDF drawers. He has also created a coffee table with inlaid glass panels. Two very impressive pieces of work, designed and made by Dan from scratch.

Now that he is finishing the course, Dan has gone into a Trainee Manager role for the company. An exciting route for him, building on his woodworking skills and trade knowledge developed in the last three years.

Congratulations Dan – we look forward to celebrating your success at our graduation ceremony in November 2019!

Luke graduated from the Building Crafts College’s 2 Year Fine Woodwork Diploma in July 2015.

What did you enjoyed about your course at the Building Crafts College?

I enjoyed the fact that it was so hands on. No other furniture courses allow you to be at the bench 5 days a week. This gave me a real advantage over other design courses as you really understand the material and the making process. I feel that as a designer/maker it is hugely important to know how something should be made. Also, being at the bench allowed those ‘happy coincidences’ where rearranging a few pieces of wood sets your imagination off on a different tangent. You can’t get this from designing directly on a computer. Finally, it allowed me to see a project from concept to completion which in itself is hugely rewarding.

What have you done since graduating?

I went on to do an apprenticeship at a company called Armstrong Vinton Furniture where I honed my skills and got an insight into how to run a successful company. From there I went on to set up my own practice designing and making retail and bespoke pieces. My workshop, based at Sugarhouse in Bermondsey, is a communal workshop set up by past BCC students. I have exhibited at London Design Fair and London Craft Week and have had a number of articles published in international design magazines including FX, Enki and Darc.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to carry on designing beautiful and appropriate pieces and helping British craft by pushing sustainable production. I want to keep the legacy of British furniture design and making alive for future generations. After all, this is one of the nicest industries to be involved in.

Luke’s website can be found here.

May 2019

The annual visit of consorts of Masters of livery companies took place on Thursday 11th April. In all a party of 30 received a presentation on the work of the College from the Principal before taking a tour of workshops at both the Kennard Road and Gibbins Road sites. The group were very appreciative of what they saw and heard, particularly discussions with students, and the Principal has received a number of highly complimentary letters of thanks.

Livery companies are trade associations in the City of London, almost all of which are known as the “Worshipful Company of…” their relevant trade, craft or profession. The Building Crafts College was founded by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1893.

May 2019

This summer the Building Crafts College will be opening its doors to The Creative Dimension Trust with two workshops. The Creative Dimension runs fully-funded workshops for 14-18 year olds who love working with their hands and enjoy experimenting with different materials and structures. Studying with some of the UK’s leading specialists, students can choose from a range of courses including hand engraving, wall painting and gilding.

WOOD LETTER CARVING
Workshop dates: Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

Letter carving is a practice that has been around for centuries. It was passed on to us by the Romans who designed letters using a brush forming the classical written characters we know today.

The art of Lettering involves using chisels and a mallet to incise letters into the material, creating a play of light and shadow. Cutting letters in wood is distinct from wood carving and distinct even from letter carving in stone, as the materials behave differently. It is an exercise in precision, but its beauty is born from the fact that the no two letters will turn out exactly the same.

STONE LETTER CARVING
Workshop dates: Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

From a background in Architecture, TCDT Tutor, Nancy Peskett now specialises in the conservation and restoration of stonework, and teaches stonemasonry to apprentices and learners of all ages. In 2011 she completed a Building Crafts Apprenticeship with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, for which she received the Foundation’s Hancock Medal.

Nancy has produced work in stone for a range of clients including Historic Royal Palaces, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and St Olave’s and St Saviour School in Southwark. She has run educational workshops and demonstrations for the V & A, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

This workshop offers an insight to the art of letter cutting in stone. Following a short introduction to the history of this ancient craft, you will learn how to draw your own letterforms and use mallet and chisel to carve them into stone. A fascinating process requiring both precision and creativity! All students will be able to take home their work at the end of the course.

Further information and application forms can be found here on The Creative Dimension website.

May 2019

The BCC took part in London Craft Week with a tour of the college and chair making at the OXO Tower. London Craft Week returned to the capital for its fifth edition 8-12 May 2019. Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brought together over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world.

The tour took place on Thursday 9th May. Visitors were able to discover the woodworking, stonemasonry, conservation and construction courses on offer and enjoy a tour of the workshops.

11.00am, Arrival
11.10am, Presentation on the work of the Building Crafts College
11.30am, Tour around the College
12:20pm, Finish

At the OXO Tower, students Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby made a contemporary version of a vernacular stick chair. The process of making the chair starts with selecting and felling a tree before splitting out and shaping the components using hand tools and steam bending. This traditional process creates an incredibly strong chair that will last a lifetime and with a contemporary design it remains a practice as relevant as ever.make contemporary furniture using traditional woodworking practices. Their making celebrates the connection between the tree itself and the finished piece of furniture to develop an intimacy between design, craft and material.

 

April 2019

We are delighted to announce that one of the BCC’s apprentices has won a Master Builder Award at a ceremony held at the Belfry Hotel in Oxford on 5th April.

Ross Handley of James Johnson Ltd was the London Winner of this year’s Apprentice Award. The Apprentice Award recognises an individual who has demonstrated exceptional practical skills and commitment in their chosen trade.

The Master Builder Awards celebrate the incredible achievements of Master Builders across the UK, showcasing examples of high-quality craftsmanship, exceptional customer service and building excellence.

Further information about the 2019 Master Builder Awards can be found here.

November 2018

We are delighted to announce that two BCC students won Wood Awards at the annual ceremony held at Carpenters’ Hall on 20th November. The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Within the Student Designer category there were two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. Voting for the People’s Choice Award took place at the London Design Fair in September. Both Student Designer winners were BCC students.

STUDENT DESIGNER WINNER

Designer: Ellen Svenningsen
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Slecuk
Wood Species: British birch ply

The Objekt Bord is an assembly of two components – an upright curve and a circle. The piece questions the distinction between an object and a piece of furniture and reflects a constant demand for finding balance. Svenningsen’s project was driven by a curiosity to learn and understand the process of laminating and bending plywood, the birch ply offers strong structural integrities yet is flexible enough to smoothly bend.

STUDENT DESIGNER PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Super Desk
Designer: Ben Smith
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: British olive ash

The Super Desk, inspired by Gio Ponti’s SuperLeggera chair, is designed to create a sense of space and openness in small domestic settings. Employing visual simplicity and impressive craftsmanship, the table’s stability comes from the rake and splay of the legs and tensile strength of the solid timber rails. Smith chose solid British olive ash for its strength and flexibility.

November 2018

In October, 11 of our lucky Stonemasonry students visited Florence, Italy for a week. They visited the Duomo Palazzo Vecchio, Pietre Dura St Croc and the Academia Gallery.

The group, accompanied by Stonemasonry tutors Nigel and Andy explored sites such as Carrara Fantiscritti mine and visited historical and cultural landmarks including incredible The Statue of David, by Michelangelo. Students learned about the mining process and the differences between working with stone and marble. The students studied the Duomo complex from ground to the roof looking at all aspects of the buildings design and construction. Head of Stonemasonry Nigel Gilkison said

The trip is not only an ice breaker for new students but puts what the students are learning in to context from the outset of the course. We have the great opportunity to look behind the scenes of fantastic buildings meet wonderful crafts people who openly share their knowledge with the students. The student gains a much deeper knowledge of the whole stone Industry not just from the UK but Europe as well.

This fantastic trip was funded by:
Worshipful Company of Carpenters, Worshipful Company of Masons and the Building crafts College.

We have places available on Stonemasonry courses now so apply and enrol and you could be coming along on our next trip!

September 2018

The Building Crafts College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers in July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

New Designers ensures the life cycle of the UK design industry continues and thrives. Entering its 34th edition, New Designers brings together design education, design consumers and the design industry to celebrate and recognise the next generation of graduate designers. Each edition brings 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from the UK’s leading design courses. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion. It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors.

During the show, three students were awarded prizes: Emma Chesterman won a Made.com Talent Lab Award; Ellen Svenningsen won a Made.com. Talent Lab Award and a John Lewis Loves Award; and Mike Cooper won a Belmont Hotel Award.

There are places available on the BCC’s Fine Woodwork courses. For information or to book a visit to the Building Crafts College please email admissions@thebcc.ac.uk, telephone 0208 522 1705 or drop-in to the College between 10.00 and 4.00 Monday to Friday.

August 2018

Three BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards. Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Within the Student Designer category there are two cash prizes; £1,000 for Winner and £500 for People’s Choice. This year’s judging panel is led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place at London Design Fair in September. The winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony in November.

ARNE

Designer: Alexander Worsfold
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: E Roberts Timber
Wood Species: English ash

The Arne chair is inspired by Norwegian environmental philosopher Arne Naess, specifically his time spent working in solitude in his small mountain top hut outside of Oslo. The light and useful study chair has a friendly form and an inviting, domestic aesthetic. The turned ash frame is both strong and flexible, allowing the chair to move gently, while the large woven seat creates a comfortable base. The accompanying foot stool fits neatly under the chair and provides storage for books or a blanket.

 

OBJEKT BORD

Designer: Ellen Svenningsen
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Slecuk
Wood Species: British birch ply

The Objekt Bord is an assembly of two components – an upright curve and a circle. The piece questions the distinction between an object and a piece of furniture and reflects a constant demand for finding balance. Svenningsen’s project was driven by a curiosity to learn and understand the process of laminating and bending plywood, the birch ply offers strong structural integrities yet is flexible enough to smoothly bend.

SUPER DESK

Designer: Ben Smith
College: Building Crafts College
Wood Supplier: Tyler Hardwoods
Wood Species: British olive ash

The Super Desk, inspired by Gio Ponti’s SuperLeggera chair, is designed to create a sense of space and openness in small domestic settings. Employing visual simplicity and impressive craftsmanship, the table’s stability comes from the rake and splay of the legs and tensile strength of the solid timber rails. Smith chose solid British olive ash for its strength and flexibility.

Further information can be found on the Wood Awards website.

We caught up with Rowena Edwards who graduated from the Building Crafts College’s 2 Year Fine Woodwork Diploma course in July 2017.

What did you enjoy most about studying at the BCC?

The most enjoyable aspect of the course was the freedom to design within the environment that the college offers. I had previously finished a Fine Art degree. My aim when starting the course was to combine my art school experience with the woodworking skills I was going to learn at the BCC.  The support I had from the BCC tutors meant that I was able to push myself even further in the creative field. Having input from visiting tutors who are established makers and designers themselves meant that my methods and processes were correct which  was an integral part of my development. Being able to experience all of this within a wonderful workshop environment with creative people, made the Fine Woodwork – Furniture Making course an incredible two years.

What have you achieved since graduating?

At the end of the college year I exhibited at New Designers with the BCC, it was an incredible experience and I was awarded the MADE.COM prize for outstanding design as well as a John Lewis Loves recognition. I am currently working at a furniture workshop called Unto This Last and run the workshop and showroom at weekends. I am also working on commissions, which developed from networking at New Designers. In addition, I have been shortlisted in the Student Designer category of the Wood Awards 2017.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to keep designing, developing and transforming my ideas into successful pieces of unique furniture for everyday homes. I would like to to be in an environment where I can continue learning and growing as a designer, and to join the lines between technology based furniture making and traditional methods.

March 2018

During apprentice week, on 8th and 9th March, the Building Crafts College hosted careers visits by pupils from the East London Science School, Eleanor Smith School and St. Bonaventure’s School.

During the visit the Principal talked about the various careers within the construction industry, possible career paths and the courses available to those interested, that are offered at both the Building Crafts College and other centres such as Barking and Dagenham College.

On every occasion the pupils who attended were engaged, respectful and very well behaved. Following the visits the BCC Principal, Len Conway, said ‘it was a real pleasure to meet these young people and I hope they have a better understanding of the building industry and the careers available within it. We would like to see them studying at the Building Crafts College but whatever career pathway they choose I am sure they will do well’.

July 2017

The Building Crafts College’s Fine Woodwork Diploma Year 2 students exhibited at New Designers, 5–8 July at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. A total of 19 furniture making students exhibited approximately 50 pieces of furniture.

New Designers ensures the life cycle of the UK design industry continues and thrives. Entering its 33rd edition, New Designers brings together design education, design consumers and the design industry to celebrate and recognise the next generation of graduate designers. Each edition brings 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from the UK’s leading design courses. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion. It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors.

During the show Rowena Edwards was awarded the New Designers MADE.COM Award for Stand Out Design for Rownd – A Rolling Drinks Cabinet. Rownd transports bottles and glasses around the home. Through the use of weights and a pivot the bottle and glass cartridge can stay upright while the cabinet rolls. The cabinet has both solid and veneered oak components which give the cabinet a traditional, solid aesthetic that contrasts with the unusual, light and flowing way of use. The oak is teamed with yellow laminate and grey linoleum accents to provide colour and protection from any spillages. The glass and bottle cartridge can be lifted out of the rolling mechanism, allowing the user to refill on a stable surface. The top tray can also be lifted away, revealing a small storage compartment for drinks accessories such as bottle openers.

Of Rownd the judges commented, ‘A great eye catching and playful update on a traditional format. Compact, portable, well detailed and neat function. Looks great and works well.’ This award is given to a product that recognises the aspirations and requirements of today’s customers and demonstrates creativity, market research, sustainability and commercial understanding. Rowena will now undertake five one-hour design mentorship sessions with one of MADE.COM’s leading designers. The mentorship will cover portfolio review, career planning, pitching, developing a business plan, product development and more.

Rowena Edwards Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Rowena Edwards with Rownd

At the show the Building Crafts College received two out of only ten John Lewis Loves awards; one to Rowena Edwards for Rownd and the other to Carolin Reichert for her Capture Cabinet. The Capture Cabinet was designed as a cabinet of curiosities that embodies a story in itself rather than being defined by its contents. The outward design mimics that of a 19th century analogue camera with curiosities only becoming clear upon closer inspection. The drawer and two hinged doors conceal their own mysteries behind their simple exterior. The tripod legs add stability and tie the story together. The design and material for the cabinet was inspired by a Bow Arts Trust research project about the history of the timber industry along the River Lea. The cabinet is made almost entirely of solid walnut, with a walnut veneered drawer bottom. The drawer also functions as a working pinhole camera. The interior of the cabinet consists of an intricate pattern of mouldings, which are only revealed when the doors are opened, and were inspired by a catalogue of designs from the 19th century.

Carolin Reichert Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Carolin Reichert’s Capture Cabinet

Other show success includes the Futon Company discovering Michael Pavlou’s Standing Table which they will now put into production. A representative from the Futon Company said ‘It was really nice to talk to some of your very talented designers. You had the best stand in my opinion, a real mix on display that was refreshing.’ Michael’s table was inspired by shelves above the radiators in his own home that are almost seamless, floating and very space efficient. The triangular structure of the table provides strength. The triangular shape is echoed by the rail. American white ash was selected for its straight grain, strength and lightness. The lid is able to open and close through the use of a brass rod as a pivot point which is discrete as not to detract from the aesthetics of the piece.

Michael Pavlou Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Furniture Making

Michael Pavlou’s Standing Table

There are places available on the Fine Woodwork courses starting in September 2017. For information or to book a visit to the Building Crafts College please email admissions@thebcc.ac.uk, telephone 0208 522 1705 or drop-in to the College between 10.00 and 4.00 Monday to Friday.

A full list of the Building Crafts College Fine Woodwork Diploma students who exhibited can be found below:

  • Carolin Reichert
  • Julian Delgado
  • Rowena Edwards
  • Myles Janvier
  • Ross Wyld
  • Michael Pavlou
  • Finola Quigly
  • James Bowyer
  • John Blow
  • Michael Summers
  • Nic James
  • Jade Watts
  • Ross Reed
  • Shaun Hiley
  • Edward Sprinks
  • Archie Will
  • Antje Weihen
  • Daniel Grilo
  • Glen Griffiths

June 2017

We are delighted to announce that BCC Stonemasonry Apprentice Theo Brogan has come first in the UK Masonry Skills Challenge.

The competitors were given a drawing, a piece of Marnhull stone and some materials for making the necessary moulds and templates. The competition was judged by James Preston, director at Sally Strachey Historic Conservation, and Chris Berridge.

The two regional heats were held at the Building Crafts College and Edinburgh College.

The overall results were:

First: Theo Brogan from Building Crafts College
Second: Joshua Underwood from Bath College
Third: Emma Sheridan from Weymouth College

December 2016

On Thursday 24th November the annual BCC Prize-giving was held at Carpenters’ Hall. Graduates and prize winners were presented with certificates and trophies by the Guest of Honour David Goldstone CBE who is CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation. In all 250 guests attended what was a very successful and enjoyable event.

Nazar (pictured) is the BCC Banister Fletcher Student of the Year 2016.

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Photo caption: Stonemasonry and conservation students visit the Cararra marble quarry

October 2016

From Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th October thirteen stonemasonry and conservation students were led by Nigel Gilkison and Jim O’Brien on the annual study trip that encompasses Florence, Pisa and Cararra. The highlights of the trip were the Florence Duomo and its masons workshops, Pisa and the Cararra marble quarries.

December 2016

An apprentice has decided to make the build-up to Christmas more adventurous with a special twist for himself and staff at a commercial joinery company.

Steven White, an apprentice bench joiner from Borehamwood, had the idea of making a bespoke advent house out of recycled timber for the staff at Hannaford, a commercial fit-out specialist company based in Frogmore, London.

Mr White turned his hand to the project, often staying late to finish, ready for December.

He is currently working towards a Level 3 NVQ in bench joinery, at the Building Crafts College in Stratford.

Mr White said: “I have really enjoyed this project as it includes a number of different techniques, so it’s been great for developing my skills as well as being something the whole team can enjoy.”

Hannaford was one of the first certified members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a non-government organisation.

The company deals with ensuring there is a sustainable balance of tree planting and timber usage for future generations.

Hannaford’s finance director, Richard Williams, said: “Steven’s creation is a fantastic alternative to the ‘Secret Santa’ that many businesses do each Christmas.”

“We think it is also a novel way of highlighting the importance and benefits of sustainability and responsible forestry, which we are passionate about.”

Hannaford specifies timber acquired from sources accredited by FSC to minimise the impact of its business on the environment.

Read the original article posted on the Borehamwood Times website here.

Two past BCC students have been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards: Excellence in Architecture & Product Design in the Student Designer category.


Geometry

Designer: Michael Stevenson
Wood Supplier: Blumsoms, Capital Crispin Veneer
Steel Supplier: Parker Steel
Wood Species: European Oak

Geometry is a modern circular dining table. The frame is inspired by molecular geometry, made with contemporary stainless steel rods and contrasting classic oak junctures. The table top consists of constructional oak veneer and solid oak lipping.


Milena

Designer: Juan Junca
Wood Supplier: Moss and Co., Capital Crispin Veneer
Wood Species: European Oak

Milena is a large easy chair with an oak frame and woven Danish cord seat and backrest. The sleek curves of the frame were first shaped by machine then finished by hand. The oak has been soap finished to give the chair a golden-brown colour and a texture that enhances curved design. The back legs are laminated with constructional veneers while the rest of the frame components are made of solid oak. Mortice and tenon joints for the seat-leg joints. Domino joints have been used elsewhere.


The Wood Awards 2016 winners will be announced at the 45th annual ceremony at Carpenters’ Hall on 22nd November.

 

August 2016

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme.

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Roles Broderick Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out the fabrication and installation of hard metal roofing and cladding systems on a range of sites in Surrey and the surrounding area.

To download an application form please visit the National Heritage Training Group website.

Application closing date: 12/08/16
Interview date: To be confirmed
Placement starts: To be confirmed
(Dates subject to confirmation)

Further information can be found on the flyer here.

For more information about the scheme please contact:
Graham Lee
National Project Manager
Tel: 07971 655692
Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

August 2016

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme.

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Norfolk Sheet Lead Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out new and conservation lead work on a range of historic sites in Norfolk and the surrounding area.

To download an application form please visit the National Heritage Training Group website.

Application closing date: 12/08/16
Interview date: To be confirmed
Placement starts: To be confirmed
(Dates subject to confirmation)

Further information can be found on the flyer here.

For more information about the scheme please contact:
Graham Lee
National Project Manager
Tel: 07971 655692
Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

August 2016

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme.

There is an excellent opportunity for a 12 month placement with a Historic Building Conservation company McCurdy & Co Ltd, which specialises in structural carpentry, based on historic projects in the South of England.

To download an application form please visit the National Heritage Training Group website.

Application closing date: 12/08/16
Interview date: To be confirmed
Placement starts: To be confirmed
(Dates subject to confirmation)

Further information can be found on the flyer here.

For more information about the scheme please contact:
Graham Lee
National Project Manager
Tel: 07971 655692
Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

August 2016

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme.

There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month placement with a specialist Historic Building Conservation company, Fullers (Builders) ltd based initially at the artist Turner’s Grade II* listed house, Sandycoombe Lodge, in Twickenham and other historic projects in the London Area.

To download an application form please visit the National Heritage Training Group website.

Application closing date: 12/08/16
Interview date: To be confirmed
Placement starts: To be confirmed
(Dates subject to confirmation)

Further information can be found on the flyer here.

For more information about the scheme please contact:
Graham Lee
National Project Manager
Tel: 07971 655692
Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk

August 2016

NHTG Building Traditional Skills Resilience Community in England Bursary Scheme.

There is a wonderful opportunity to join Specialist Historic Building Conservation contractor Fildes Roofing Ltd. for a 12 month placement, carrying out slating and tiling work and repairs at a range of sites in Sussex and the surrounding area.

To download an application form please visit the National Heritage Training Group website.

Application closing date: 12/08/16
Interview date: To be confirmed
Placement starts: To be confirmed
(Dates subject to confirmation)

Further information can be found on the flyer here.

For more information about the scheme please contact:
Graham Lee
National Project Manager
Tel: 07971 655692
Email: graham.lee@thebcc.ac.uk