Warwickshire College Success in Partnership with New English Workshop

New English Workshop are committed to supporting younger woodworkers and it is great to see success for one of the students at one of our partner venues: Thanks to a design by Warwickshire College Furniture Craft Student Daniel Chinn, the Visitor Centre of Coombe Country Park will soon feature a brand new interactive exhibit and, as a result, Daniel will be joining us on one of our courses this summer.


Students from the college’s Leamington centre were invited to take part in a design competition to create the exhibit for the visitor centre at Coombe Country Park near Coventry. The project gave the students the chance to make a site visit, work to a design brief and come up with a model of their design before presenting their ideas to the panel.

The winning design was an innovative project by Daniel; an 18-year-old Level 2 student. His design was inspired by Coventry’s three spires and aims to help visitors understand about the trees in the park. The seven foot tall creation includes ‘discovery pods’ about the park’s tree species, which will include a carving of the leaf, the lid made from the bark of the tree, and information inside about the different species. Daniel will be assisted by the experienced members of Coombe Abbey Woodturners group, who practise their skills in their workshop in the Visitor Centre, to help bring his design to fruition.

Daniel said, “I wasn’t expecting to win at all so I’m really pleased. I was looking for a way to support it when I got the idea to use the three spires of Coventry, and at seven feet tall, they will make the piece a real focal point to attract visitors. It’s going to take a lot of work to create it but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

As a prize for winning the design competition, Daniel won a place at one of our New English Workshop Summer School courses tutored by renowned woodworker Christopher Schwarz. Daniel’s prize was sponsored by furniture maker, William Self from Solihull, who said, “I’m delighted to be able to sponsor the prize – the competition is a great opportunity for the students to showcase their ideas, and they came up with some really exciting concepts. I’m sure Daniel will get an incredible buzz from seeing his creation being used by the public at the visitor centre.”

Tutor Jamie Ward said: “We’re delighted to be working with Coombe Country Park again this year. The project has taught the students a number of entrepreneurial skills from going through the design brief to coming up with the final project and presenting their ideas to a client. We’re looking forward to supporting Daniel in creating his design in the college workshop. He’s a really committed student and thoroughly deserves this.”

For us at New English Workshop we are really pleased Daniel’s design won. Derek Jones , Chris Schwarz and I are all looking forward to meeting Daniel in July. Well done Daniel.

– Paul Mayon

Warwickshire College offers a range of full and part-time furniture making, wood machining and wood turning courses. For more information, click here.


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