'Hands-on' practical participation in learning about DSW techniques including; Foundations, Cheek Ends, Tie Stones, Jumpers, Fingers, Shims, Through Stones, Lintels and Top Stones.
(One over two, two over one !!)
These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages and abilities aged over 16yrs.
You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering terms and descripton of stones used. You will receive, and discuss, an overview into the construction of various wall features and finishes. You will learn fundamentals of building a DSW raised flowerbeds, Cheek End and other features if time allows.
All instructor/trainers are experienced wallers and certificated by the Dry Stone Walling Association.
At the end of the day you will be able to safely and confidently set out and construct a dry stone wall or basic feature - understand DSW heritage, examples of terminology used - distinguish various stone materials and their uses.
Note: Workshop bookings must be completed a minimum of 48hrs prior to the selected workshop date.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Excellent free on-site parking, all materials, tools and equipment are provided along with personal protective equipment for example - gloves, goggles, kneeling pads, where required and first aid. Excellent welfare and personal facilites requirements. There is a great on-site cafe, recommended to bring your own lunch, protective rain wear and strong hardy footwear, preferably safety boots and wear old clothing you are not afraid to get dirty or marked.
On conclusion of the day, each participant is provided with a range of excellent informative handouts, brochures and a - well deserved 'Certificate of Achievement'.
Note: The workshops do tend to become oversubscribed, to avoid disappointment it is suggested to book up through PayPal as early as possible.
Note - other dates by arrangements - for example:- Groups of 4 - 6 persons - during the week.
Thank you for your review it is helpful to know you spent a great, worthwhile day with us. DSW is a craft heritage that you picked up on very well. Cheek Ends are not to be rushed and are always difficult and time consuming. You completed the CE and carried on in a different location. Interesting how the personal style differs from person to person and it is built to last. You achieved two over one, one over two and juggled the stone to get the face side, positioning long ends into the wall. Take care, best wishes John
My partner booked me this course as a birthday present. I spent the day with John and others at Stepney City Farm building a wall around a duck pond. It was a really fantastic day: dry-stone walling is such an absorbing activity that the six hours I spent there really flew by. John's got a great style of teaching; we were just thrown in at the beginning and told to give it a go, and then as the day went on we learned more and more - both by what John was saying and from watching him work himself. He's really responsive to any questions, and very supportive as a teacher. It was very satisfying at the end of the day to see how the wall had just sprung up, and to know that I'd contributed to making it happen. I'd really love to do more dry-stone walling, although I don't know where I'd do it!
Also worth saying that although I was the only woman on this particular course, I wasn't ever made to feel out of place or patronised (which certainly can happen as a woman doing any sort of manual work).
Can't recommend enough if you're interested in dry-stone walling!
Hello Simone - thank you for your review and i am happy you enjoyed the day. A great day, great people and project. You juggled with a variety of stone shapes and sizes to find the face edge, a final chip with the hammer developed the right shape, one over two, two over one. You used the shims on inside, heartings and developed the curve with your natural eye. A good job well done.
Good luck with future studies, best wishes John
The teaching was very relaxed and clear. I felt confident right from the start and felt that I could easily ask questions. The venue was excellent with plenty of space to move around even with a large group. I can now go on to repair and rebuild my wall with skill and confidence. Thank you John.
Hello Peter - Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased you felt at ease during the workshop and you feel good to have a bash on your wall, there was a lot going on. It was interesting watching you 'juggling the stone' which is normal to find the right one to place one over two or two over one ! There is much to learn and you achieved completing a good section of the wall and the difficult 'Cheek End'. We next in France 10-25th Oct. steps and retaining walls - check it out on here or web page.
Best Wishes - John
I attended the 1 day Introduction to DSW at Mudchute Farm. What an incredible day, I learnt so much about an ancient craft. John is a wonderful teacher who takes the time to explain the fundamentals, the terminology and encourages you to jump straight in and have a go. John answered all our questions, describing in detail why some techniques are better than others, how to identify suitable stones and fashion the stone to fit its placement. I felt so confident by the end of the day that I can't wait to start constructing DSW on my property thanks to John's tutoring.
Hello Angela - Thank you for your positive feedback. It was great to see your work and ability improve during the day, juggling the stone to find the right face and familiarity with engineering terms. It is a 'hands-on' activity and best to do it, developing a 'natural eye'.
Great to learn you may well be using the techniques to build DSW walls on your property. Take Care, Best Wishes, John
Really enjoyable day. You could see our walling technique getting better as we worked up the wall!!
Lots of new words and top tips. Some of my favourites - sheep creep, and cock and hen.
I must remember to may stones into the body of the wall and ensure strong cheek ends.
Thanks John for a great day.
Hello Claire - Happy you remembered some terms and what they were, also build to the line, line blocks, batter frame, jumpers, face stone, on-bed, through stones, foundations and building up your cheek ends !!!! etc.
Hope you are able to have a go for your own feature !!
Take Care, Best Wishes John
Very informative day spent with John who is an excellent trainer. The number of trainees attending, at six, was just right and the relaxed atmosphere was great. We learned a number of rules for dry stone wall building and tried to put these into practise during the day. For me wall building was much harder than it looked and needs a great deal of practice and patience. Very enjoyable day. One other point: I would have thought that safety glasses and boots would have been required. Whilst safety was not an issue on the day and we were all responsible adults there is still potential for accidents.
Thank you your feedback Stuart, gets easier with practice !!
In the past, we have provided a range of various sizes of new boots. Then we were faced with not the number of boots for the same size feet and some people do not like to wear boots already worn by others !!
The safety googles were collectively in a polythene bag at the side of the bucket of hammers. In future, shall be more certain people are aware. I hope you find this helpful. Best Wishes, John
I attended John’s course which was held at Mudchute City Farm in London. It was my very first introduction to dry stone walling (although I had always been curious about it!) and I found it to be a great way to learn about this ancient and very practical craft.
John truly took the time and care to share with us his knowledge and experience in the art and technique of dry stone walling. The small group I was with worked to build a 2m x 1m wall and we were all very proud of completing our wall satisfactorily by the end of the workshop! A day well spent.
Hello Miu - Thank you for attending the DSW workshop and particularly pleased you felt the day was 'well spent' from your first introduction to DSW, we must be doing something right. It is always interesting to see how people interact with the stone and juggle around with it before finding a suitable piece and a place it will fit. It is time consuming and takes some practice to develop a feel for the stone and natural eye. I wish you well for any future DSW activity you may undertake. Take Care, Best Wishes - John
Great hands on course.
John was knowledgeable and a wonderful inspiring teacher.
Thanks for a brilliant memorable day ! And will look at stone walls in a different way ..
Hello Radhika thank you for your review and very happy you enjoyed the day. It can be daunting at first, but to let you have 'hands-on' experience early in the workshop, i think helps as shown in the progress after lunch. Certainly check out the other places where you will find DSW around town, you will now find them interesting. Take Care and Best Wishes, John
Really interesting course. Very well presented and demonstrated. John was extremely engaging and friendly, as well as knowledgeable. He spent time and talked with each person on the course. His guidance was instructive and interesting as we worked through the day and developed our skill (or at least our very basic beginner skills!). The venue worked very well in terms of getting to the site as well as the amenities available (ie cafe / toilet etc). It was the right length of time (you felt you learnt something and delivered an end product but did not get bored / feel you were there for an excessively long time). The general course was pitched at the right level. The material post course material given to us also provided a useful way of finding out more about dry stone walling.
Hello Patrick Thank you for your constructive feedback, you developed a 'natural eye' during the day and was good support for colleagues. The feature developed really well after lunch and 'topping it off' was a delight for us all. You became a good 'juggler' of stone to get the right fit, face and 'batter' when putting it on 'it's bed'!! I hope you find Gloustershire walls much more interesting. Take Care and Best Wishes - John
John is a lovely fellow, engaging, encouraging and very helpful. The course was informative, empowering and fun.
Hello Clive - Thank you for your feedback. The day soon passed and great progress was made by the group. Your 'Cheek End' in particular, is a good example of how much time is required to achieve the desired result. The feature would work with the seating arrangement discussed. Your handling of the stone and getting your 'eye in' developed continuously during the day and was a positive input for the group. Take Care, Best Wishes John
I attended John Holt’s course at Mudchute. I was a part of a small group of 5 students of varying ages and abilities.
John took great pains to explain the building procedures in detail and extremely clearly. He was very patient and diplomatic and his years of experience in the craft shone through. Before we started building he made us deconstruct an existing wall and this was a brilliant introduction because we could easily understand the disciplines involved in a practical way.
By the end of the day we were patting ourselves on the back for the work of pure beauty and supreme excellence that we had managed to construct under his guidance and we all walked away considering ourselves to be true experts in the craft of dry stone walling.
A truly satisfying day.
Hello Stephen, Thank you for your positive comments. I felt you and the group developed very well during the day which can be quite daunting and demanding. It does take time and what may have been perceived as 'slow work' the end result was achieved to a really good standard. There were many Q's and A's and feel you will now get used to using your own stone and be able to continue the Italian rebuild with confidence and vigour. Take Care and Best Wishes - John
It was a great day of learning a new skill. John was a great teacher. He introduced the day well, gave a good historical context to the skill of dry stone walling, went through the safety requirements and introduced the tools and techniques really well. We got the work in good time and had a great time. John shared his time well with the students and got us going quickly. Before any time at all we were cutting stones and laying them in place. The target of finishing the sheep creep in the day was a tough one but we got to it and worked hard led by the pace of John to achieve the goal. The outcome was good, the feedback honest and critical but very supportive and clear and I came away with the wonderful feeling of having learned some good skills that i can use in my life and of having a good positive day of work. Thank you John.. you are a fine chap!
Hello Mark - When i met the group, i thought it was going to be a 'tough call' completing the SC in the time. The weather was favourable, which enabled us to get going. Before long, i noticed, you were getting your 'eye in', 'juggling stone' hammer trimming and 'internal pinning'!! Building up the 'Cheek Ends', 'crossing joints', standing back and 'eying up' ! The group worked well together making good progress. Three hours disappeared and after lunch, i felt the team energy and excitement growing to completion. It is a great, permanant feature of engineering skill, and testiment to those determined to stick with it on their, 'day out' !!
Thank you for your feedback Mark and taking part. Take Care, Best Wishes - John
Great hands-on experience of dry stonewalling - something completely different to anything I've tried before. Informal and friendly, John provided loads of insight and filled the day with interesting historical facts about the craft.
Hello Haydn - The DSW feature is really great and such fun placing the top stones to conclude the build ! There was much to consider during the day. Thank you for your feedback, i am pleased you enjoyed your time at Mudchute. Take Care and Best Wishes to you and Luca.
A great day of learning and activity delivered by a true artisan and gifted tutor. Not overloaded at the start with information, but enough to quickly begin the building process. Appropriate and helpful advice where/when necessary, with practical input when (inevitably) we were unable to make progress. John made it possible to acquire enough of the basic skills and understanding to feel satisfaction with what we achieved, whilst also appreciating the gulf between that and what long years of practise and experience produces! Terminology was introduced as and when to complement the different stages eg initial layout, battering, hearting etc, with an emphasis on using and developing a 'natural eye' rather than relying on measurements or technology.
Clear explanations of what constitutes a stable and aesthetically pleasing structure with the origins, benefits, variations, development and future of ds walling shared interestingly during the day. 100% recommend the experience.
Hello Martin - Thank you for your feedback, i am pleased you found the day interesting and rewarding. From a 'cold start' to completion, time soon goes with lots to consider 'juggling the stones' You developed the 'eye', your own style and constructing those 'Cheek Ends' are just something else !! The feature will look great in the location. I will add a small reference plaque, listing it's content and names of those who participated in the construction.
JH provided a good overview of what needed to done how to go about doing it. All the equipment and materials were provided. The majority of the day was taken up with actually building a wall, with JH on hand to oversee progress and offer suggestions / advise on work completed and improvements that could be made. The day was very relaxed whilst being focussed on getting the wall built and the end result looked pretty impressive.
Hello Tony - Thank you for your feedback. It was a great active day building, despite the heat. Another requirment being a shade hat and suncream ! The wall was completed and looks a really well engineered feature. I hope you can use the experience for your own garden feature or other building works.
7 April 2018 - I attended John Holt's beautifully judged training day, a fun mixture of learning and anecdotes in an intriguing location in Southwark. Great to acquire new skills and make new friends, what's not to like?
Hello Chris - thank you for attending the workshop and your feed back. It is important to assess what we deliver on the day. There were lots going on and good to know you found the social aspect interesting too. You were able to build the wall developing your own technique and confidence during the day. Considering the geological substance, shapes and I am sure you found the handouts interesting. We discussed the various terms of walling, the different uses of stone, angles and Cheek Ends along with other terminology. Well done and hope you are able to make use of the knowledge you gained.
A great day for an introductions of Dry Stone Walling- stretchers, cheek ends, 2 over 1 and 1 over 2- all in a beautiful garden setting. Thanks John for sharing your knowledge and organizing such an enjoyable day!
Thank you for your feedback Monty. I am pleased to hear you are developing one of the engineering principles !! It is good to share information to help learn something new. It was indeed a great social workshop as well, with participants exchanging views, opinions with interesting anecdotes.
Take Care - Best Wishes - John
Very useful, informative, and enjoyable day with an excellent teacher.
Hello Sean, thank you for your feedback. More important remember e.g, time sorting, graduating sizes, shapes of stone, their uses, (curves, internal/external) position in walls. foundations, jumpers, throughs, stretchers, fingers, topping, slivers, fillings, binders, clear working space, building time required, Cheek Ends etc. Hope you have a productive time up north!!
I signed up for this course as a garden designer - enthusiasm to learn this craft for my design portfolio but with limited practical experience in hard landscaping. I have come away with understanding, knowledge, and hands-on experience in building stone walling from foundation to toppers. John was engaging and clear with instructions explaining historical design styles and practicalities of dry stone construction before we started and then pointing out important considerations, possible mistakes, or need for certain stone choice and placement as we proceeded. This really is a skill that can only be learned in the doing and John very skillfully instructed us when the time was right and then let us learn for ourselves as we built our walls throughout the day. With the growing height of the walls came confidence in our stone placement choices.
John finished the day with certificates and by asking us to reflect on gained knowledge - which I found really useful. I will never forget that the foundation of a wall should be half the wall height, and the top of the wall will be half the the width of the foundation. Thank you John!
We had a fantastic day on our friend’s Hen Party.
John was a great teacher and coped fantastically well with our slightly unruly mob.
Well worth doing & left me interested in trying it again some time.
As the Mother of the 'hen' I was slightly daunted at the thought of dry stone walling at my advanced age but I shouldn't have worried! John's tuition and advice make the whole experience very rewarding, so much so that I think we might have a go in our Dorset garden after possibly another workshop. All this in great company in the shadow of the Shard, a fantastic location for a very special day which we will never forget. Thank you John for sharing your expertise.
I was part of a hen party workshop. I had expected to enjoy it but not as much as I did. John was a great teacher who put our very mixed group at ease with a laid back and witty style. It was a really enjoyable activity at the end of which we had 5 pretty good walls! The setting was lovely and we were really lucky with the weather. I would definitely recommend this workshop, thank you John!
The class was brilliant - John quickly put us at ease, explained what we had to do, and we got started with wall building straight away. We were provided with feedback and instruction on the go, and John's warm, friendly, humorous, and positive approach meant we were able to improve our skills in a short time. The venue is beautiful and we were lucky to have plenty of sunshine - this wasn't hard work at all, it was fun! Thank you!
John helped me to arrange a DSW workshop for my friends Hen Party activity. Right from the start he was so helpful!
I had no idea at all about DSW when I started this, I was struck by his enthusiasm which is totally contagious and he organised a fabulous session for us. It was a mixed group, and everybody really enjoyed it.
I would thoroughly recommend this as a group activity - really fun and a great way to get to know people! And Redcross way is a brilliant location - you have a view of 'The Shard' as you build your wall!
Dry Stone Walling (DSW) Workshop Central London - For a Hen Celebration -
What a fantastic hands on day, building dry stone walls (dsw) in a lovely community park in south London.
our expert teacher, John, gave us an insight into the art of dry stone walling. Straight away we got into working with the materials and the tools and discussed the history, theory and techniques of DSW.
I would really recommend getting involved in this course. It has given me knowledge and an appreciation of the art and skill of dsw, and I look forward to looking out for these great structures be they on the British hillside or even (as we found out) supporting the terraced soils of Tuscan orchards!
A completely absorbing, fun and educational course which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in dry stone walls. John is a wonderful, humorous and patient instructor and very hands on in his approach whose passion for the subject shines through. I felt very proud of my wall. All in all it makes for a very rewarding day. Thank you John.
What an incredibly enjoyable day spent! I loved it all. An amazingly incongruous thing to be building a dry stone wall in full view of The Shard. It was tiring but in a very 'mindful' way, so actually pretty relaxing and very satisfying. We have a cottage in Devon and I've always wanted to build a feature 'slice' of dry stone wall in it. John is a lovely man and a great teacher. Overall an excellent, educational and fun day in really pleasant company. Would highly recommend to anyone!
Thanks John, for a great day. The course was a great introduction to dry stone walling and has given me the confidence to attempt my own project at home. When it's all done I will send you a picture .
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one day course and would recommend it to anyone who wants either to put the knowledge to practical use, or to someone who may just want a fun, creative day out. John, our instructor, is a very engaging, personable and a fantastic teacher. As well as being funny and engaging he is a veritable fountain of knowledge about his subject and it was fascinating to hear all about the uses of dry stone walling. It was great to get a real introduction into dry stone walling straight from the horses mouth, so to speak; getting to know all the different technical terms was brilliant. The main focus of the course however was very hands on and the majority of the time spent was on constructing our own walls with John's invaluable help and supervision throughout. This workshop will leave you as it did me, hungry for further knowledge and experience in DSW. The course also lead me to the Crossbones garden which I probably would not have discovered otherwise. It's a inspirational oasis of a place and brilliant that it has come about thanks to the efforts of some determined and committed people.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the course and it had to be said that one of us was attending under duress but both of us were thoroughly smitten by the end of the day. John was a patient, thoughtful and enthusiastic teacher- e could not have asked for better. We would recommend this course not only for those with walls to tend to but for anyone who appreciates good craftsmanship and wants an interesting day.
This was an excellent day from beginning to end. John Holt was knowledgeable, informative, interesting and made the day a perfect introduction to dry stone walling. I attended along with my 17 year old son and we both loved it. John has exactly the right combination of outlining what you should do, and letting you get on with it to "learn by doing". I can't recommend the course or praise John highly enough, it was a wonderful day. Thank You!
I had a wonderful day in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside on the Dry Stone Walling course. Its something I've always wanted to do - I have my husband to thank for booking it for my birthday'
John has great way of putting you at your ease, his passion, extensive knowledge and experience for dry stone walling, together with his never ending patience made the course a very enjoyable and rewarding day.
Its very fulfilling to know whilst you are improving your own skills, something you help to create will fit naturally into the landscape and will be a home for nature for years to come. Travelling the countryside and seeing all the dry stone walls will mean a lot more in the future!
I had a brilliant day. I'm considering building one in my garden. I will attend another course before doing it as I was just getting the 'knack' and then the day ended. John is an excellent teacher with his patience and enthusiasm.
Went with our daughter and her partner in a small group of 4. Had a very enjoyable and productive day. Amazed what we all managed between us to achieve, namely 2 substantial , sturdy, and attractive walls with coping stones on top and a seat to rest on.
John Holt was thrilled to share all his passion for the walls and we all sat down for a nice lunch together I the sun. Would recommend as a complete step out from what we all usually do. Great fun and satisfying when you find the right piece which matches. The jigsaw analogy fits well.
Hand-outs were clear and helpful. One day I will build a raised bed with seats as a project. shame we could not bring them home.
Oh, and the history of the site was intriguing, too, with a lovely carved wood canopy gateway.
Really enjoyed my one day course with John Holt, despite blazing sunshine which made lifting stone heavy going! It's remarkable how much information John managed to impart in one day, all in an easy, anecdotal fashion, but his obvious passion for the craft of dry stone walling comes across strongly and infects anybody who takes the course. Obviously, you can't learn a skilled craft like this in a day, but the experience of taking down a wall, sorting the stones and then building another wall - along with the fact sheets given to at the end of the session - will give you a good grounding and hopefully the appetite for more!
Great course, taught by the friendly, knowledgeable and passionate John Holt in London Bridge. Loved the fact we were learning the ancient craft of dry stone walling in this little oasis in the city - against a backdrop of the modern Shard, Gherkin and Walkie talkie skyscrapers!
Reflecting on my dry stone walling course at Crossbones Gardens in central London, I can look back with much pleasure and fulfillment. Our teacher John, an obvious expert and devotee of the art, gave us a good introduction and then let us loose on the real thing, a pile of stone!
We naturally made mistakes as our efforts made progress and later, John pointed these out and guided us in the right direction.
By the end of the day, we had achieved a section of wall and had learned the importance of such principles as "crossing" and "through stones". It had been an interesting and enjoyable day.
Since the course I have been dry stone wall spotting and even noted a number of examples in West Sussex, sandstone I think!
Thank you John.
I really enjoyed the one day dry stone wall building course. John was very informative and supportive as a tutor and I have to say that the group built some walls that you would be proud of. The site is very central, peaceful and presents a great view of the shard and other local skyscrapers. I'd highly recommend the course to anyone who would like to try something a bit different and the fees help in the upkeep of the hidden gem that is cross bones cemetery. Well done to John and all the other volunteers that donate their time!
John Holt provides a hugely enjoyable and educational day. Great on heritage, theory, and the practical art of crafting a wall from scratch - selecting, positioning, sequencing, and shaping the stones. You'll have a really good time!
A big thanks to John Holt for his clear and helpful instruction during the Dry Stone Walling course. His love for the craft and huge experience was so uplifting and energising and it made the day really enjoyable. The Cross Bones memorial garden is also a beautiful space to work in, with friendly wardens. I came away with a good beginner's knowledge of the skills required, and will be looking forward to taking it further when he runs some intermediate courses in the future. Highly recommended, pitched just right, not too tiring, and a real sense of achievement. Thanks to the Borough Open Spaces Trust also.
I really enjoyed the course. John takes you through the stages and skills needed to build a wall. He then patiently shows you in practise how this works. You leave at the end of the course having created something. Recommended.
If you are curious about stone walling then this is a great place to start. The class has a very easy going and friendly atmosphere, and John is a great laugh as well as being mega helpful. If you are not sure that stone walling might be for you, a few minutes of watching John constructing a wall might change your mind. Very cool.
I loved this course. It was such fun - and we totally fell in love with John who taught us how to build a wall with such charm and skill. I didn't honestly think I'd leave being able to build a wall but I can and we felt brilliant at the end of the day. I can recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a skill or just do something totally different.
Our teetering contributions are testament to dry stone walling being nothing like as easy as it looks! Lucky Cross Bones to have John bring the wisdom of the ages to bear on proceedings and help salvage something of our reputations. An antidote to the ills of the modern world ... you must attend.
John and his seemingly limitless knowledge and enthusiasm for dry stone walling made for a really educational, fun and fulfilling day. You'll start noticing the wonder of dry stone walls everywhere and appreciating the craft and love with which they're built. It was wonderful to work with the stones and nature. I can't rate John's course highly enough.
I had a fun day with my Partner learning a new skill with a lovely group of people and a great tutor. I certainly never thought I'd be learning such a skill in central London. I recently returned to see the wall which now holds a planted flower bed and looks fantastic (and is still standing). I'd recommend this one day course to anyone looking to try their hand at something different and also it is a great idea for a team building exercise.
If you want to learn how to build a drystone wall then Johns your man! What a brilliant day. Relaxing yet requires some thinking on how to fit the beautiful stone together. I'm sure you won't find this elsewhere in London. A totally unique experience which you actually leant something you can use in your own garden to make fab, eco friendly, stone walls that will last fur years.
I've worked with John Holt enhancing our beautiful memorial garden at Crossbones. He taught his artform to people from all backgrounds, including lots of successful training days with community groups and corporate groups. They all gave glowing feedback. The stone really works in harmony with the beautiful timber benches constructed by artist Arthur DeMowbray. The walls also have great ecological value - I'd love to see more of these built, providing much needed habitats as well as beauty in urban areas. Train as many people as you can John!
I attended one of John's drystone walling course in London and it was fantastic. John gave a really interesting explanation about the art of drystone walling, its history and reasons to preserve this heritage craft. We then learnt how to work with the various tools. By the end of the day I really felt as though I'd achieved something. And all in the heart of London - no need to make a long journey!