A piano which was given a new lease of life thanks to the creative talents of joinery students at West Nottingham College, went to a new home yesterday to begin its days as a drinks bar!
Last academic year, the joinery department engaged entry-level carpentry and joinery students on the ‘Reloved’ project which presented them with an old piano that was beyond repair. Their challenge was to craft something new from the old wooden artefact.
After a full strip down, removing the keys and strings, students put their joinery skills to the test and totally transformed the instrument into a bespoke mini-bar with space for bottles and glasses.
Students were supported with the refurbishment by tutor Reece Pridmore and programme area leader Andrew Whyley as well as wood occupations technician Ian Bradford, to ensure they were on track with the correct materials and measurements and to price the item up for sale.
This week (11 November), Nicholas Hibbitt, of Scenic Landscapes in Riddings, Derbyshire, came to collect his new piece of furniture.
Mr Hibbitt spotted the piano recently when visiting the construction campus with his son who came for a course interview. He said: “When I spotted the piano in the reception area, I was drawn to it.
“I’ve got a really one-off piece here and it’s going to sit pride of place in my games room at home, ready for a merry Christmas.”