Jan’s spectacular 'squid bench' officially opened at Coombe Country Park
The beautiful grounds of Coombe Country Park near Coventry now
feature a stunning woodland seat designed by one of Warwickshire
College’s Furniture Crafts students, Jan Waterston.
Students from the college’s Leamington centre were invited to
take part in a challenge to get out of the workshop and into the
woods to design a memorial bench to fit in with the leafy
surroundings of the park. The bench is a memorial to the
parents of Keith Sealey from Lutterworth-based furniture makers,
Jan Waterston’s winning design, chosen by Keith and Joe Taylor,
Coombe Abbey Country Park manager, was an innovative project known
as the “Squid Bench”. The bench has taken around four months to
create and install in the park and was officially opened to the
public at an event on Thursday 11 July.
You can view a ‘making of’ video of the project here.
Jan, who is from Birmingham, has also recently won the college’s
Andrew Varah Award for the outstanding furniture-making student and
has been nominated for the Alan Peters Award at the Cheltenham
Celebration of Craftsmanship. In September, he will be going to
Rycotewood Furniture Centre to continue his studies at degree
Jan said: “I’m over the moon with how the bench has turned out.
It’s been a lot of hard work and we’ve encountered a few challenges
on the way, but we found solutions with the support of everyone
involved. It’s been a fantastic project to work on and I hope Keith
is as proud of the bench as I am and that all the visitors to the
park enjoy using it.”
Keith said: “Not only is there a seat left as a legacy to my
parents, but it has given a group of students the opportunity to
design something that will be made, and for Jan, tools to last a
lifetime and the opportunity to make his design a reality.
“Needless to say none of this would have been possible without
the enthusiastic support, advice and sheer hard work of Coombe
Country Park and Warwickshire College.”
Tutor Jamie Ward said: “Thanks to Joe and to Keith for allowing
us to take part in such a great project. As a Gazelle college, we
are committed to getting our students involved in real world
projects, and this has been a fantastic experience for Jan –
especially today seeing the bench being enjoyed by the public. He
deservedly won the college’s outstanding student award this year,
and we wish him every success for his future as a
Warwickshire College offers a whole range of full and part-time
furniture making, wood machining and wood turning courses.
For further information click
here or call 0300 45 600 49.