InSPIREd design is a winner for Coombe Country Park

Monday 24 March 2014

The Visitor Centre of Coombe Country Park will soon feature a brand new interactive exhibit designed by one of Warwickshire College's Furniture Crafts students.

Students from the college's Leamington centre were invited to take part in a design competition to create the exhibit for the 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.

This is the second year that the college has run the competition in partnership with the park - last year Jan Waterston won and designed the 10 metre long 'squid bench' which was installed in the park in July 2013.

The winning design, chosen by furniture maker Keith Sealey and Joe Taylor, Coombe Country Park manager, was an innovative project by 18-year-old Level 2 student, Daniel Chinn, which was inspired by Coventry's three spires and aims to help visitors understand about the trees in the park. The seven foot tall creating 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 their workshop in the Visitor Centre, to help bring his designs to life.

As a prize for winning the design competition, Daniel won a place at the two-day New English Workshop Summer School run by renowned woodworker Christopher Schwarz. This 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."

Daniel's 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."

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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