18th Jul, 2019

Crafty pupils learn how to make furniture fit for the Queen

Andy Morris 17th Apr, 2019

CRAFTY pupils have learned how to make furniture fit for the Queen during a visit to a prestigious local manufacturing company.

A group of Year 10 Product Design students from Avon Valley School visited the Church Lawford headquarters of NEJ Stevenson, which has a warrant to craft furniture for Her Majesty the Queen.

The students got to see the results of the intricate work completed by the company’s master craftsmen, whose workmanship can be seen in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

They also got to meet staff who fulfil a variety of roles and tour the company’s manufacturing facilities, seeing the machines and employees in action.

The company was founded 35 years ago by managing director Neil Stevenson. Since then the company has flourished, delivering commissions from elaborate mantelpieces, breathtaking libraries, grand wine cellars and soaring staircases, to presentation boxes and cabinets of major historical importance for great houses and palaces.

The students saw how wood can be prepared, treated, and crafted using a range of skills and machines.

At the end of their visit they were presented with a crafted piece depicting the school’s shield.

Careers leader Lisa Owen said: “Visiting NEJ Stevenson has been a brilliant opportunity for our students to see where their qualification in design technology might take them.

“Being able to see the craftsmanship involved in making pieces of furniture worth tens of thousands of pounds has really inspired our students and a number of them now want to pursue this type of career.”

Head teacher Alison Davies said: “As a school we commit a significant amount of time and energy into our careers education programme and we are very grateful to NEJ Stevenson for allowing our students to visit their facilities and see the world of work for themselves.

“We are delighted with the shield presented to us by the company and this will soon be displayed within the school.”

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