Who are we?


A skilled and experienced bunch of craft practitioners with a keen interest in craft and especially crafts relating to furniture


The School of Stuff is a studio dedicated to teaching furniture crafts in Dalston.  We started small, with ten happy years at Hackney City Farm teaching upholstery evening classes.  Now we have added other core courses to our curriculum including cabinetmaking and furniture restoration, as well as other classes with a furniturey flavour, such as chair rushing and caning, and marquetry.  We are also having a go at other crafts now such as rag rug making and even shoemaking.  We have a well-equipped and rather lovely studio on the ground floor of an old industrial building on Shacklewell Lane.

Our core team is a handful of skilled working upholsterers, designers, cabinet makers and furniture restorers.  We are also all experienced teachers. Of course, we don’t know how to do everything – or not quite – so we are bringing in the best practitioners we know, to teach crafts that we can’t teach.   So there should be something for everyone – not just furniture freaks.

Our aim is to keep the tuition rigorous but informal, with small class sizes.  We will maintain our core classes in upholstery, furniture restoration and cabinet-making throughout the year, and put on a series of weekend craft workshops and intensive five day courses in response to demand. If there is something crafty you have always wanted to do, let us know and we will try and put on a class for you.