Furniture School

robinson house studio is a furniture school based in East Sussex. We provide furniture making courses ranging from weekend courses to full-time two year courses. Our mission is to teach you to really hone your cabinet making and woodwork skills and craft, with a focus on design, innovation and experimentation so you can make original, creative, and high quality pieces.

robinson house studio
robinson house studio

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Weekend to two year furniture making and woodworking courses

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Furniture Makers’ Company

School founder Marc Fish and our senior tutor, Theo Cook, have quite a CV between them. Both have been awarded multiple Guild Marks from The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Read more about our team of tutors on the furniture making courses here.

Furniture Making Courses

Furniture Making Courses

We offer courses in bespoke furniture making to suit beginners to skilled craftsmen who would like to undertake advanced training. Our weekend courses give the hobbyist or designer/maker chance to learn a new technique such as steam bending, wood-finishing techniques or laminating. With decades of experience in woodworking, we can hone your skills to become exceptional furniture makers and designers.

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Theo Cook’s Japanese Dovetail

Theo Cook’s Japanese dovetail videos have quite a following on YouTube! Theo’s highly complex joint making skills have become the envy of many furniture makers around the world. You can view his work and subscribe to his channel here:

Why Choose Us

Why Study with Us?

Looking at course providers can be confusing, and we know that there are a lot of options out there if you want to get into furniture making. Here’s why we think we’d be a good fit for you… The school

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Students’ Portfolio

Our students here at robinson house studio produce a varied array of very high quality work. On our One Year Furniture Design & Makers’ course you can expect to produce 3-4 pieces whilst covering an in-depth syllabus, visiting exhibitions and ending with a portfolio.

Long Courses

Our courses go beyond traditional woodworking courses. Learn and develop great hand skills in things like planning, sharpening, and joinery, to take your furniture making and design to the next level. From 12 & 24 week courses to one and two years. Plus a one-week taster!

Weekend Classes

If you are wishing to learn new woodworking skills or develop an area of furniture design, our weekend courses cover it. From an introduction to using hand tools for furniture making, or wood finishing techniques, to making the perfect dovetails and using carbon fibre in construction.


Everything you need to know about our courses, applying and student life here in East Sussex. Please do get in touch if you have any questions, we’re happy to help!

Latest News

Read all the latest news from robinson house studio here including site visits, exhibition coverage, articles on living in Brighton, interviews from tutors, students and makers. Plus our trips to London and the odd magazine coverage.


Our studio is located in Newhaven, right on the coast, nestled between Brighton and Eastbourne. We have a well connected train station 10 mins. walk away and are around an 90 mins. from London. You’re welcome to visit anytime.