At the School of Stuff we believe in the joy of making things

 

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Evening classes: from 9 January 2017. Sign up for a twelve week session here.

Monday: Project based Upholstery Bring a chair and we'll show you how to reupholster it
Tuesday: Cabinet Making Basic Skills Learn woodworking essentials and make a tulipwood toolbox
Wednesday: Cabinet Making Intermediate Skills Develop your skills and make a handsome A frame stool
Thursday: Restore/Remake Bring something and we will fix it, upcycle it, restore it, or reconfigure it completely
 

Studio Saturday:  21 January 2017.  One day session where you can bring pretty much anything furniture-wise and spend the day doing whatever you want with it. Upholster it, restore it, strip it, paint it, reconfigure it or turn it into firewood - whatever you like. Come and use our equipment, materials and, of course, expertise. Book here.

Upholstery Taster Weekend: 4/5 February 2017.   Two day introduction to traditional upholstery, its techniques, materials and history, and the project for the weekend is a drop in seat.  Book here.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct: 18/19 February 2017. Two day radical upcycling session inspired by local designer/maker Martino Gamper where we help you to reconfigure a piece of furniture. Details and booking here.

Easter 5 day Intensive Project-based Upholstery: five days on the trot, and a chance to get a bigger project done in double quick time. 3-7 April 2017. Book here.

Long courses: Our longer courses are for career changers, but also for hobbyists who want to challenge themselves. Choose from  Traditional Upholstery (2 years), Modern Upholstery (1 year) and Furniture Restoration (1 year). Contact us for details stuff@theschoolofstuff.co.uk. We'll send you a course outline. Our next intake will be October 2017.

Gifts: you can buy someone a course and we offer School of Stuff gift vouchers. Have a look here. We have also got upholstery toolkits, a starter's one and a professional one which you can buy online here, and you can buy individual tools from us as well. Email for a price list.

 

Longer term I will look for someone down here to do an overhaul of the site, but in the meantime, can we make some changes? I've been going through the website with a colleague and there are a number of things that need addressing now. First there are the things we have already discussed:

 

Backgrounds: the changes on the mock-up are good. Please go ahead. In addition can we change the background on some of the pages with the images attached? I think it should be clear what goes where.

 

Social media buttons. As discussed already, they should not be in circles and should be their own logos in their own colours. We need instagram as well as fb and twitter. https://www.instagram.com/schoolofstuff/?hl=en. I think they should go under the image on the home page, in a row, centred in that column. And also on the Contacts page, instead of this ' Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter'.

 

Next are the things I think we should prioritise:

 

Booking 

When people register for courses, we need Joomla to send an automatic email confirming their registration to the course they have chosen. I thought this already happened, but testing it, there is no confirmation at all, even if they have paid. This is essential. Can it be done? 

 

i.e. "Thank you for registering for Studio Saturday on 29th October 2016. We will be in touch with details of how to get here, what to bring and so on, in due course. If you have already made payment - thank you! If not, please get in touch to discuss payment options."

 

We need this as soon as possible, as we are getting quite a few people who book and then never pay. Now I know why.

 

Blog

Can we remove the Links section on the blog page

 

Cookies 

Can you add a cookies disclaimer in the footer?

 

Next are things that need doing soon but not immediately

 

New pages

We'd like to add a few new pages: Testimonials, The Team and In The News (for Press).  I'll let you have words and images for these.

 

Secondary menu

We'd like to add a secondary menu, ideally at the bottom of the website with the following pages: 

FAQ, Meet The Team, In The News, Testimonials

 

Pictures

Can we add a picture below each course category on the courses page. I'll send you images as soon as I've sorted them out.

 

URLS

Can we tidy up the slugs so the courses page becomes: http://www.theschoolofstuff.co.uk/courses etc

 

Booking Form

Ditch Mobile and Home Phone, and replace with just Phone. Make sure line spacing is even.

 

And these are the things we are thinking about for the future

 

So far, just:

Shop page: A page with upholstery supplies where people are able to buy items directly through the site. 

 

And the above mentioned overhaul.

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The School of Stuff teaches furniture related crafts. Our core subjects are upholstery, cabinet making and furniture restoration. All demand skill and creativity - which we know you have!  We run year long, one day a week courses for career changers, five day intensive courses, twelve week evening classes and one-off days and weekends.   We are adding classes all the time, but here is our current list.

 

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