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There has to be something wrong with the education system when two talented and dedicated teachers of furniture making become so disillusioned that they desert its box-filling exercises and go private, founding their own schools with a difference. Andrea Hargreaves reports on Peter Sefton’s clever and thoughtful setup that sees his students giving the seal of usefulness and quality to tools that he sells online, some of which, a Pax rip saw, he has designed as well. Meanwhile Dave Roberts visits Peter Quin whose inspirational glass-fronted workshops are in the grounds of Scotney Castle. Barrie Scott talks restoration with the Freebody family which has ensured the heritage of Thames boats for 300 years, and Mark Gould shares a cautionary tale about commissioning while describing how he built walnut shelves.  Novice turner Andy King awards five stars to Jet’s new mini lathe, Peter Berry relief-carves a dolphin, Phil Davy shows you how to reverse a door, and Les Thorne turns a clock. Lastly, we begin a new antiques series with a look at the enduring popularity of Georgian chairs.

Andrea Hargreaves