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Furniture students welcome chairmaker

Coleg Ceredigion’s furniture students recently welcomed chairmaker and owner of Welsh Stick Chairs, Chris Williams to the department’s workshop at the college’s Cardigan campus. 

The renowned chairmaker, who also teaches workshops in America with famous furniture maker and journalist Chris Schwarz, spent the day at the workshop talking about a variety of topics with students including the history of Welsh Stick Chair and the various tools and techniques used for his creations.

He also talked and gave advice to students about how to make a living in furniture making.

There was time for Chris to give demonstrations on making key components and gave an insight into techniques.

Furniture lecturer Chloe Reynolds said: "It was fantastic to welcome such an inspirational character such as Chris to the college. 

“Seeing his handcrafted tools and watching him use them was a joy and it was great to hear him talk about his training and 30 plus years of experience in the industry.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will benefit enormously from the visit.”