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Rycotewood student success

Rycotewood Furnitiure Centre produces another winner of the Alan Peter’s award, for the fourth year running.

Alumni student, Freya Whamond, graduated last summer and this year entered her ‘Bud’ chair that she made whilst a second year student at City of Oxford College, into the Alan Peters Awards for Excellence. The award commemorates a dedicated craftsman who is highly respected by all in the bespoke furniture industry.


There were three winners for this year’s award including, Christopher Cooper from Rowden Atelier Woodworking school and Finn James from Cleal Furniture school. Each of the three winners also stand to gain £100 to spend on tools and equipment with Wood Workers Workshop, whilst Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design also offer each winner a 50% discount on their exhibitor fee if they return as a professional designer-maker the following year to reveal their progress since winning the award.

The judge commented on Freya’s chair saying, “This is an ambitious and experimental design that, although in its early stages of development, represents a good attempt at creating a chair design that says something interesting in terms of its design – a notoriously difficult thing to achieve in chairs.  The result is a visual feast that also demonstrates significant technical difficulty and innovation.”


Joseph Bray, HE Programme Co-coordinator for FD and BA (Hons) Furniture, said about Freya’s success, “She has done very well to succeed against some excellent private furniture schools! The competition received the largest ever number of applicants this year so, even more reason to celebrate this great accomplishment.”

The furniture department has more success this month as Simon Bulley, Foundation degree graduate, has been successful in gaining an apprenticeship at the prestigious Edward Barnsley Workshop. This is the very peak of furniture craft so is an excellent achievement.