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Leamington Editorial 16th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PHILIPP Stummer has talent in his hands and feet.

The dancer turned furniture maker has been awarded a Medal for Excellence from the City & Guilds Group in recognition of his outstanding work towards his Furniture Making course at Leamington College.

A former contemporary dancer, Philipp made the transition to furniture making while raising his two young sons.

During his time at the college, Philipp has won a competition to design a donation box for the Coombe Country Park Visitor Centre and scooped the Andrew Varah Award for outstanding furniture-making students.

He has also set up his own business – EarthWoodCrafts – during his studies and is currently working on a project for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford, which involves creating 25 metres of curved benches for the garden at New Place.

Philipp said: “It’s a really prestigious award and great to have at the beginning of my career.”

He was nominated by for the award by course leader Jamie Ward.