About the Course
This popular weekend course is the perfect opportunity to discover the joy of woodwork and to create a piece of finely crafted contemporary furniture using traditional methods. Open to all abilities.
Set in a beautiful timber framed barn with a roaring fire and great company, surrounded by woodlands on the edge of Dartmoor.
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What's included in the price?
Courses include refreshments and a wholesome lunch both days.
Free basic rough and ready camping; camper vans and dogs welcome.
A wonderful way to spend the weekend in a beautiful verdant setting. Ambrose and Aiden were excellent teachers- small group so better attention given; very friendly and guided well in creating our own masterpiece!
Chandrika Mukundan - - #21659
This was a brilliant experience, and Ambrose & Aidan the perfect tutors and guides through two days of growing familiar with the material, tools and techniques. Every detail of the workshop felt carefully considered and well prepared, and fun. And you get to make something of value, and something of yourself, that didn't exist before. Very highly recommended.
Andrew - - #21611
Best Christmas present ever! A fantastic two days in a stunning setting. Ambrose expertly, calmly and patiently led our group to learn completely new skills to craft a lovely and very usable piece of furniture from nowt but rough hewn pieces of ash from his woods. It was such a joy to use excellent quality hand tools, the use of which we all picked up quickly after Ambrose's clear demonstrations and continual encouragement while allowing us to get on with it in our own styles. The group produced seven similar but all different beautiful stools in a friendly atmosphere including some amusing tales over Ambrose's sister's delicious soups at lunchtime and cakes at the end. I will be back!
Adrian - - #21404
An amazing weekend. Ambrose is a brilliant teacher, always ready to give advice, but equally comfortable to give you space to get your own feel for your project, all delivered with a humorous, laid back, relaxed, friendly approach. I have learnt a huge amount, and discovered I want to learn more. I will definitely consider more of Ambrose’s courses in the future.
In addition to great tuition and friendly atmosphere, the course location is beautiful, and the delicious al fresco lunches and cakes cooked by Ambrose’s sister Emily are worth a journey in their own right. Best soup I’ve ever eaten!
John Hunt - - #17646
Could not recommend this weekend of learning, listening, doing, laughing and eating! Still amazed I started with a slab of rough wood and 48 hours later had managed to produce something unique, beautiful and functional that will be treasured forever. Ambrose and Aiden are super teachers and crafters and I will probably find bits of wood shavings in my boots and socks for many months to come...just brilliant! Thanks guys!
Jo Holdaway - - #17624
This 2 day course was absolutely brilliant and would be six stars if that were possible. Leave your tech behind for 2 days, get (almost) outdoors and fashion a unique piece of furniture from trees which were once part of the beautiful Devon Landscape. No prior woodworking skills required.
The course was run from an off grid hand built wooden barn, by Ambrose, who was an excellent teacher, assisted by his woodworking friend Aiden. They both guided us through the steps required to work some rough pieces of wood into a hand carved and immensely satisfying piece of furniture. Each stage of the build was carefully explained and demonstrated; then we were left to our own devices (we used a good variety of them).
The lunchtime food was warming and welcoming, catering for all diets and the cake was fantastic too. A highly recommended course for novice carpenters everywhere!
Justin - - #17427
The process of crafting a beautiful and functional stool from a piece of rough hewn wood is quite cathartic and highly recommended. Ambrose calmly and expertly guides you through the creative process, aided and abetted by the stunning Dartmoor scenery, lashings of sister Emily's homemade soup and the wit and humour of fellow participants. What are you waiting for?
Catherine & Keith - - #17327
What a fantastic weekend we all enjoyed on Ambrose's weekend course! The location was perfect, on the edge of Dartmoor in a beautiful timber barn (which Ambrose built); the satisfaction derived from creating a fine piece of furniture out of a tree trunk in just two days was immense and the chilled and friendly style of Ambrose's teaching made the whole experience a joy. The other stool-makers were great company and quickly gelled as a group. On top of all this, Ambrose's sister, Emily, provided the most delicious and nourishing lunches each day which were enjoyed al fresco in the October sunshine. There was even home-made cake too! I can't recommend this course highly enough. Good luck in the future Ambrose!
Paul Santer - - #17320
This is the 2nd course I've done with Amrose - he is great. Perfect balance of help and letting you get on with it. The furniture he make is beautiful and with his instruction I've managed to make 2 beautiful pieces. Delicious food from Emily too!
Robin de Carteret - - #17284
The ease and encouragement that Ambrose brings to teaching make the whole process of learning a new skill not only less daunting but positively enjoyable. A stool might just be a stool but a stool created from lumps of wood with your own hand is a piece of creative and useful art.
Mike - - #17281
Thanks Ambrose, it was such a fun weekend. This is the first piece of woodwork I have done and I am really chuffed with the result. We’ve both come away with something we’ll keep forever. Jen
Jenny - - #11184
Sharp tools and wit, better than a meditation retreat, I promise. The venue is insanely well located, so if not for woodworking ( which Ambrose makes so easy), go for the location- a couple days in heaven... Utter picturesque hobbit land with thatched roof Airbnb just did it for me. Sure all participants made it back home not only with a stool each, but with a bag of memories too. I had fun there. A lot.
Mateusz - - #11183
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