NEWS: Furniture Making at the BCC

July 2015

The BCC is pleased to announce that, following the retirement of fine woodwork lead tutor Colin Eden-Eadon, a new team has been formed to deliver our highly regarded Fine Woodwork Programme. This two year course, now amalgamated into the Timber Crafts course area under Chief Instructor Jim O’Brien, allows students, over a two year period, to develop excellent bespoke joinery skills before moving onto adventurous and challenging furniture projects in the second year. The new Lead Tutor is Neil Austin who moving from his course leader role at Bucks University to direct the programme. The joinery year is led by Cheryl Mattey supported by Martin Burdfield and Kate Payne. Year two tutors will include Kate Payne (wood turning), Andy Mayes (wood machining), along with two nationally renowned furniture makers, Tom Keeley and Rod Wales. Mark Ripley will give a masterclass on chair making during the year.

The Principal of the College, Len Conway remarked: ‘I am so pleased that this top class team has come together to deliver our fine woodwork programme. Whilst we are sad to see Colin leave the College after 8 years in charge we are so lucky to be able to secure Neil’s services at such a crucial moment, when the course has developed so well and when we have more students than ever. This should be a great year for the programme’.