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National Trust back for more of students’ work

Students (right) involved in the project
Students (right) involved in the project

Furniture-maker students at Newark College are concentrating on a rare commission to make eight Regency-style chairs for the National Trust.

The period replicas are for Gunby Hall, Skegness.

They will be used by visitors, who are not permitted to sit on original Regency chairs in the property.

The students are using a mix of traditional hand-tool carpentry skills and machine work.

The commission came after the success of a pilot commission display cabinet for the estate.

Tutor Mr Richard Preece said the National Trust was so impressed with the students’ workmanship that the second commission soon followed.

The chairs, which should be ready early next year, will be upholstered to look like originals.

Student Will Sutherland said: "It has been very complex.

Will Sutherland works on one of the chairs.
Will Sutherland works on one of the chairs.

"There is a saying that once you can make a chair, you can make anything.

"To know that chairs we have made will be in such a historic setting is brilliant.

"I will definitely be going to see them in the hall."

Fellow student David Evison said: "To make eight chairs like these in a commercial setting would be too expensive because of the complexity.

"To work on something like this is a real privilege."

The college, one of only a handful that offers furniture- making courses, has a good reputation for producing talented craftsmen and women.


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