About Us



The workshop is situated in a delightful Leicestershire village and,as well as being used for running courses, is a professional workshop undertaking assignments for the antique trade or private commissions.

If you are able to extend your stay, then Long Clawson is an ideal centre from which to explore the beautiful Vale of Belvoir and Rutland Water.

After 16 years management in industry I trained in fine craftsmanship and design at Rycotewood College and latterly with a highly regarded antique restoration workshop. For the past 28 years the blend of commissioned work and teaching from my own workshop has proved a very happy one for myself and, I believe, students alike.

…you gave me not only increased confidence, but inspiration. Thank you Chris.


…a note to thank you very much indeed for all your tuition, kindness and help over the last fortnight.

Sutton Coldfield

I must thank you for a very enjoyable and instructive 4 days, spent in good company and idyllic surroundings. My son was impressed with the amount of work we got done!


Look forward to seeing you again next year.


How useful I found my brief stay in your workshop. The fact that the display cabinet has turned out so well is a tribute to your advice and assistance- thank you very much indeed


Thank you very much for the great amount of assistance which allowed me to complete the project…more important to me was the tuition and the benefit of your experience…Thanks to you and your wife for the courtesy extended to me.


Thank you for passing on your skills to me, I gained a lot. I am getting more confident with each project and am certainly enjoying my retirement.


I should not like the moment to pass without thanking you for the excellent time I spent with you recently. Not only was the tuition everything I wanted, it was better than I imagined it would be -and into the bargain I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.


I look forward to returning to Ross sometime. Thanks for all your help.


Thanks for a terrific course.


Thank you very much for the interesting and most enjoyable time I had on your course. The cabinet has turned out beautifully – I would like to come again next year.


Many thanks for the French polishing lessons. I did enjoy the day. I hope to take another lesson with you soon.


Thank you so much for the most enjoyable lessons, I am exceedingly pleased with my table. My Dad was very impressed but I am not so sure to what extent he was able to connect it with me.


Thanks again for your help and guidance in the past – it has helped me starting a new career.


…Suffice to say that the project was very enjoyable, even though climbing the learning curve is hard work.


I found the experience invaluable and feel I have saved hours of frustration by learning the correct techniques – many thanks


I greatly value the short time spent with you.


The ‘Victorian Corner Cupboard’ looks really well on the wall. Sua and I look forward to seeing you again next year for some more tuition – many thanks for a super fortnight.


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