Introduction to green wood furniture making - two days



A two day course learning the skills and techniques of green woodworking, with an emphasis on contemporary design and detailing. Maximum of 6 students.

You will make either a low stool or a side table using a variety of edge tools. Starting with a fresh cut log you will learn how to cleave the wood with a froe and wedges, then shape it on the shaving horse with drawknife and spokeshave. Joints used will be through-wedged-tenons. Use of contrasting timbers, and sculpted free-form table tops or seats are all available options, depending on your skill level and confidence. All timber supplied on this course is locally sourced. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners of green woodwork.

Peter Lanyon lives on the edge of Dartmoor and runs course from various venues including his workshop on the beautiful South Devon coast. He has been making furniture for over 20 years in hardwoods, softwoods and reclaimed woods. Peter specialises in working with coppice wood i.e. freshly cut unseasoned 'green' wood to make contemporary, high quality bespoke furniture.

Peter works mainly with locally grown hardwoods and has a good supply of unseasoned "green" wood from friendly tree surgeons and woodland owners. Having trained as a fine furniture and cabinet maker at Rycotewood college, Peter subsequently gained an MA (with distinction) in Furniture Design and Technology from Bucks. Peter's work and teaching reflect the need to create a healthy relationship with the environment we are a part of. Peter's ongoing work explores the use of locally grown and sustainably harvested coppice and green woods, combining these with other materials to create contemporary furniture from what is considered a traditional craft. Coppicing maintains the root system of the tree, allowing it to regenerate quickly, and encourages proper woodland biodiversity.

Further details of local accommodation can be provided.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Bring your own lunch - microwave, toaster available. The workshop is situated in a very beautiful valley in the South Hams. The sea is about 10 minutes walk from the workshop. There are great places to stay, including some very lovely self-catering cottage accommodation within 5 minutes walk.

There is usually a small charge of around £10 to £20 for board material i.e. seats or table tops. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you have them.


Peter at Peter Lanyon Furniture


Devon Green Wood Centre
Lambside Farm
Newton Ferrers, Plymouth

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners


2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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Mick and Jane Howey - - #35193

With no previous experience of furniture making beyond simple DIY projects, we were amazed to complete the 2 day course each with a small table of which we are both very proud. The course guided us through each stage of the construction - every section clearly demonstrated by Peter with both he and his assistant, Toby, always there to provide help and advice. The course was a totally absorbing and an immersive experience with time flying by too fast! Would love to do another course. Thanks so much for a wonderful birthday present.

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Henry James - - #35183

I had a brilliant time on this course. Peter is clearly an expert in what he does and he and his apprentice Toby are both brilliant teachers. I was a complete novice before the course and I came away with an absolutely beautiful and unique stool. Thank you guys, I will be back for more.

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Simon Bennett - - #35122

Brilliant 2 days with Peter and his team - highly recommended and as much a mindfulness break away as a wonderful introduction to green woodworking. Thanks very much!

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andrew Martin - - #34618

A brilliant two day course, starting with a log and finishing with a beautiful bench.
Peter and Toby gently guided our group through the processes we need to complete our chosen pieces.
The instructions were clearly delivered and easy to understand and the tools were all a joy to use.
The location was fabulous and the weekend flew by.
Definitely looking to attend another course in the near future.

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Andrew Francis - - #34601

A really superb teaching course. Peter’s style is informative, nurturing and gentle. He is able to impart his knowledge and expertise in a really supportive style which results in all the students being able to create an individual piece of green woodwork, many without any prior experience. I would certainly recommend the course and will be looking to attend again myself. Thank you Peter.

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TLE - - #34120

Thoroughly recommended. A very enjoyable and instructive two day course. Do try this, it well worth it.

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Ari - - #33941

I came to this course greener than the wood we were working with, and completely fell in love with this wonderful art form. It was a perfectly balanced weekend where Peter and his wonderful apprentice Toby, guided us through the process/techniques with wisdom and an inspiring depth of knowledge. There was room for play and experimentation too and I now have a charming stool (that I'm currently perching on), that will remind me of this happy weekend for a very long time. I cannot recommend this course enough!

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thanks Ari - total pleasure having you on the course!

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Alicia Dadlani - - #33937

Wonderful course with a wonderful teacher!
Peter and his apprentice Toby were brilliant woodworking mentors- they were relaxed, helpful, calm and encouraging! It’s a green wood course so you use your hand tools mostly which is incredibly satisfying. We started outside chopping up logs and finish with a beautiful hand made stool!
Very much recommend!

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thanks Alicia, glad you enjoyed it. Such a great group.

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Mark Sheehy - - #33914

Fabulous wkend spent in a glorious setting doing the introduction to green woodworking. Peter and his apprentice Toby couldn't of made me feel more welcome. So much knowledge gained from just two days thanks to this course and now i have a beautiful small table which i cannot believe i made myself. Great group of people on the couse to and it felt like we was all best buds by the end of the wkend. I highly recommend this course and please have a look at some of Peter's work which you can buy it is incredible.

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thanks Mark. Thats very kind of you to say. Great to meet you and enjiy your beautiful table.

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Nick - - #33769

Wow what a fantastic 2 days course
Highly recommend, my son and I attended and found the course enthralling and created two superb pieces
We both have no previous woodworking experience.
But with friendly and expert teaching we had amazing results
Would highly Reccomended the introduction to green wood furniture making course.

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Tony Epps - - #33764

An excellent two days that took us from logs to beautiful furniture. There was superb teaching with support and advice available at all times. I went as a complete novice and left with a real sense of achievement. It was amazing how relaxing it was working with traditional tools and crafting the wood. If you are even remotely interested I would go for it, you will be pleased you did.

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thank you Tony - I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Really good to meet you.

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Paul Fryer - - #33714

This is a wonderful course and a great introduction to furniture making and working with green wood. Lots of useful guidance but also a really relaxed atmosphere. Everyone on the course came away with a piece of furniture they were immensely proud of and lots of new skills.

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Audrey Menezes - - #32675

What a wonderful course. Peter and his apprentice Toby are attentive, kind, and hugely knowledgable woodworkers who teach with passion and ease. I was completely new to the craft and now feel like I have a solid foundation and a budding love of working with wood, both ready to grow. I loved the thoughtful process of creating my stool, and the teaching and guidance they gave throughout the two days was invaluable. It takes place in Peter's lovely studio set amongst rolling green hills near the sea, and the days pass by so pleasantly with plenty of tea, quiet focus, and good conversation.

I would give it 100 stars if I could.

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Aaaah. Thanks so much Audrey. A pleasure having you and your friends on the course. Come back and see us!

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Joella Edwards - - #32667

What a brilliant course! I had a great time and cannot rate it highly enough.
Peter, and his very talented apprentice Toby, welcomed us into their wonderful workshop in the most stunning surroundings. The teaching was gentle, clear and well paced, with plenty of help and support when needed at each stage. I felt very comfortable and at ease the whole time, and came away with a piece of work that I am proud of and a foundation of core skills and knowledge to move forward with. Peter has also sent a list of helpful resources for further support.
A wonderful way to spend a weekend!
Thank you Peter and Toby!

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thanks Joella - a pleasure having you on the course!

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Stuart Kingston - - #31082

What a wonderful way to spend a weekend!

Despite having some woodworking experience, I was completely new to green woodworking when I attended Peter's two-day course. The two day course has provided me with a wealth of additional methods and techniques, as well as some new perspectives on design.

The course is well-paced and the teaching is excellent. Everyone in the group left with a unique and interesting table or stool, as well as a great sense of achievement.

Many thanks to Peter and Toby for a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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Jack - - #30473

A fantastic course
A brilliant insight into the methods, tools and concepts of working with green wood.
I've come away from the weekend with a new creative direction, a lovely table and a new list of tools to buy!
Thanks Peter and Toby!

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Steff - - #30457

As a complete novice to woodworking, I had no idea how I would do on this course. However, Peter and his apprentice Toby were brilliant in instructing the group and we all came away with really amazing pieces of furniture. I thought I'd really messed up at one point but Peter fixed the problem so you can barely tell anything went wrong, which I was so relieved about! I would fully recommend this course to everyone, brilliant few days working with my hands in the Devonshire sun :)

Response from Peter Lanyon Furniture:

Thanks Steph, thoroughly enjoyed working with you. Enjoy tour new table. Peter

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Karen - - #28497

An excellent course and thoroughly enjoyable. Despite being a complete novice, with Peter's patient, careful tuition, I managed to produce a lovely piece of furniture which I'm really pleased with. An added bonus was the relaxed setting, beautiful location in the South Hams and a great group of fellow students. I highly recommend this course and would love to do more! Thank you Peter (and helper Toby).

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Nick - - #28456

I’ve just returned from a brilliant two days with Peter - he’s a lovely guy with a great teaching style. Everyone on the course came away with a fab piece of furniture to show off. I’m looking forward to trying some of the techniques out at home.

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Russell Coy - - #27706

I have just attended this course, which was bought for me as a gift, and had a wonderful time, leaving with a lovely hand made side table that I am truly pleased with. The small group format meant that Peter was able to pass on his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for greenwood working and design, through both group instruction and individual advice, stepping in to show correct technique where necessary, while leaving you free to work on your own design. I worked with a friendly and interesting group of people, who all left with fabulous and individual completed tables and chairs. The course is held in and around Peters lovely workshop barn, well stocked with tools and timber. Peter was ably assisted by ‘Row’, who also provided great help and advice. Thoroughly recommended.

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Katie bolhuis - - #27676

I attended the 2 day green wood furniture course and loved every minute. It was a small group which meant Peter had the time to help us individually throughout the day with help from a lovely girl called Row. We all walked away with beautiful pieces of furniture. Would highly recommend it!

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Rachel Bush - - #25749

What a joy to spend 2 days in a wonderful environment, with a bunch of lovely people making a useful and (in my opinion) gorgeous stool which is now sitting proudly in my kitchen. Peter is a generous teacher, passing on his skills in a way that a complete novice can understand and put into action. Green woodworking is the best way I have found to practice mindfulness and the perfect antidote to a stressful life. What’s not to love about this course.

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Megan Penrose - - #24655

Myself and my partner did this course in May, neither of us had any prior woodwork experience so we weren't quite sure what to expect. Peter was very patient and excellent at explaining the various steps and new skills. We really enjoyed the course and had a great two days with Peter and Lulu. . We are planning to go back to do some of Peter's other courses at a later date.
Megan and Reza

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Vernon Needham - - #24589

Excellent 2 days! Thank you Peter and Lulu. Peter's style is patient and encouraging, and his instruction very clear. Some woodworking skills, and particularly an understanding of the structure(s) of wood are an advantage before joining the course, though not absolutely essential. The working techniques help in 'reading' the wood to get the best out of it.
I can guarantee all of our course enjoyed it immensely.

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Mags Lyddiatt - - #24248

The green furniture making course surpassed all my expectations – I learnt so much. Peter is a great teacher, very encouraging and has endless patience and Lulu was a huge help too. We learnt how to use a selection of woodworking tools and turned logs into tables and stools – unbelievable in two days. We were all very pleased and proud of our final achievements and took home our work. It was an absolutely fabulous way to spend the weekend in a beautiful location.
Thank you very much Peter and Lulu.

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Tamsin - - #24003

A wonderful, relaxing and fun way to spend a weekend! The setting in the Devon countryside is beautiful and Peters' workshop is amazing. Each stage of the project was broken down into easy to understand steps, and instruction from Peter and Lulu was clear and patient. They instill a confidence in using both hand and power tools that I didn't think I had. Everyone took home a beautiful piece of furniture at the end of the 2 days, and and alot of new skills. It has made me want to do lots more green woodworking and I will certainly be back for more of Peter's courses! I couldn't recommend it more!

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Jennie - - #23999

Went on Peter’s green wood course this weekend and absolutely loved it. A fabulous way to spend a weekend - meet lovely new people - learnt a completely new skill AND have something beautiful to take home. Thank you Peter and Lulu.

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Roy Allen - - #23998

The green furniture making course surpassed all my expectations – I learnt so much. Peter is a great teacher, very encouraging and has endless patience and Lulu was a huge help too. We learnt how to use a selection of woodworking tools and turned logs into tables and stools – unbelievable in two days. We were all very pleased and proud of our final achievements and took home our work. It was an absolutely fabulous way to spend the weekend in a beautiful location.
Thank you very much Peter and Lulu.

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Chris Wharton - - #23997

The two day course is a great introduction to greenwood working. The course is the perfect gift, it gives the receiver a bespoke piece of furniture and developes new skills and interests. As a complete novice I was able to come away with a very handsome bench. Peter is calm, patient and has a conveyor belt of tea and biscuits. Highly recommended.

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Peter Hales - - #22596

I attended in May 19. I highly recommend it for beginners and those with some knowledge of hand tools as well.
Peter’s informal teaching style is very effective and he effortlessly unites his course members on a journey through the mysteries of green wood working. Therapeutic and calming, this course offers a complete introduction to the use of all the hand tools required for green wood working and delivers a beautiful hand-made product to take home and use as well.
Just plain excellent.

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nick carter - - #22478

Excellent course, very knowledgeable, super tools, excellent experience, lots of one-on-one time. Really cares about high quality training and an excellent finished product!
Definitely recommend

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K Sharp - - #20691

I attended the introduction to green wood furniture making course in March 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Peter has a talent not only for the creative design and manufacture of his furniture pieces, but also for inspiring and encouraging others to “have a go” and successfully teaching the techniques needed to achieve a finished article in 2 days.
Peter, ably assisted by Lulu, fostered a friendly and inclusive working and learning atmosphere, frequently providing advice on an individual basis, always encouraging us on.
His knowledge and passion for the topic is obvious and infectious, for just two days after the course finished, I am planning for the acquisition of the necessary equipment and tools to set about this from home and looking to book a follow up course once I have some experience.
I can thoroughly recommend this weekend course no matter what your level of experience is, a great two days, you won’t be disappointed.

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Laura Brown - - #20556

Brilliant course. Peter is amazing, he is not only extremely knowledgeable and happy to share his experience but patient too. He clearly loves what he does and this shines through at the workshop. I actually can't believe I came home with a finished stool in just the two days. Highly recommend this course. I will do more. Thank you Peter.

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Alex - - #20181

I attended peter’s intro to green wood furniture making course in February- it was fantastic! It was a challenge for me, having never done anything like this before but Peter instilled confidence and enthusiasm through his demonstrations and patience. I’m so pleased with the finished product, a beautiful little coffee table; I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in bushcraft or just wanting to give it a go. Thank you, Peter.

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Kristian Smith - - #19933

I attended the Introduction to Greenwood course in Jan ‘19 and loved every second of it. Peter was a fantastic teacher... inspirational, supportive, knowledgeable, encouraging, passionate... I could go on.

The two days flew by far too quickly as I was so engrossed in the process of making my little table and enjoying the charm of Peter’s rural workshop.

Don’t hesitate booking - you will love it.

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Will - - #19669

I am ridiculously pleased with the side table that I made on this course under the guidance of Peter.

Peter is very talented at his work, and at teaching the necessary techniques to others.

Highly recommended.

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John Lewis - - #19560

I attended this course in January. Peter ran the course very well, demonstrating good skills and adapting his pace to suit everybody. The workshop was well equipped so we had access to the right equipment at the right time so we were always active and busy. The atmosphere was also really good and friendly.

I was pleased with the stool I made (and impressed with the range of different designs made by others). Peter also offers support post course with after-care of product and tools we might need.

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Fiona - - #18305

Just LOVED these two days. Peter is a very good teacher and I came away with a beautiful ash bench as well as a whole new set of skills. Things for me that made the course particularly special were: having really good quality well-sharpened tools, and plenty of them, having a good choice of material to work with, and the way Peter managed our timing, so everyone completed a project.

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Victoria Walker - - #17798

My boyfriend and I both did the course and thoroughly enjoyed it! We were really lucky with the weather and working on the split logs outside in the sunshine was a lovely experience. Peter is a very skilled craftsman and a friendly, approachable teacher (he also makes great flapjack which was a fab unexpected treat!) The area in general is very beautiful so you can really make a long weekend of it and enjoy a creative break in the countryside. Thanks for having us Peter! :)

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Lucy and Pete McCormick - - #17655

We both loved this course. It was delivered in stunning surroundings and with great knowledge and a really friendly atmosphere. It is done in easy steps with demonstrations and help all the way so that you really get to understand the tasks and learn how to use the tools correctly. Do it, you won't regret it!!

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Luke Tasker - - #17573

My Dad and I went on the course after a search of the craft courses website.
We had a brilliant weekend working at Peter's workshop. Peter gave excellent instruction and advice to guide us through making our first green wood furniture.
I would definitely recommend a course with Peter!

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steven beck - - #17402

I was brought this as a gift which I thought was a joke as my past woodwork experience has left me with nothing more than a big pile of shavings . However, The whole experience was excellent and I really enjoyed myself. I surprised myself and my family when I returned home with a piece of furniture ( a table) which my wife wants to keep in the house :) . On the course we went from tree stumps to some amazing furniture within just two days and the techniques we learnt will allow everyone of us to do this in my leisure time at home . The whole group produced some fantastic work and the relaxed atmosphere meant everyone got on and pulled together . Overall it was a great experience and Peter and Joe looked after us all brilliantly . So no matter what your skill level I recommend this as a course for you and/or your loved ones .

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Tim Wilson - - #17364

I had a simply wonderful 2 days learning new skills, I will cherish this experience for a long time and have a stool to remind me.

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John Forster - - #17003

When I had a visit to England approaching I decided to look for a green wood furniture making course. I looked online and found Peter's course of two days as an introduction. I was not disappointed. The course structure was great for me as I had little experience in this craft. Peter was a wonderful tutor and was always on hand for advice. There was never an issue with the tools and I was introduced to new tools and their use. With fine weather on the first day we were able to work outside in a lovely Devon environment in the country. The second day was mostly indoors in a large well equiped workshop. How nice it was to be able to complete the project and have something to take home with me at the end of the course.

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Gary Spruce - - #15271

The "Introduction to Green Woodworking" course did not disappoint. Peter's blend of hands on teaching with quiet encouragement made the weekend both rewarding and relaxing at the same time. What I liked particularly was the freedom to follow one's own ideas (within the time constraints) and the ability to choose the materials to suit. I made a coffee table out of a beautiful piece of elm with ash legs. I have years of experience working with wood at home and as a recently retired DT teacher, but I was still able to learn a lot from the course. Peter's obvious love for the materials and processes used shines through. The processes are a joy - as someone said on the course, "the travishing is ravishing". I was truly sad to end the weekend in the beautiful setting of the Devon Green Woodworking centre. It was well worth the trip from Cheshire and I'm sorely tempted to return for another longer course.
Thankyou Peter

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Irvin Allen - - #15266

I can’t imagine Peter ever getting less than 5 stars - both he and the course are an absolute treasure!! His direct and gracious teaching style are inspirational and confidence-building and even total novices were soon sharing opinions and ideas. I came away mesmerised with his real understanding of the properties of natural material and how well designed tools can treat it so sympathetically. And, of course, what a great way to meet other people!! The humour, support and cooperation within the group was lovely although there was so much going on you could just keep your head down and get on with it if you wanted. I’m gonna do more!!

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Thomas Jones - - #13682

Great course; and thoroughly recommend the nearby cottages with woodburning hot tubs!!

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Jean Harris - - #13442

An excellent 2 days. I came away with a lot more knowledge than I arrived with and a 3 legged stool which is great to look at and completely practical to use. The teaching and the workshop tools were excellent.

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Luke Sutton - - #12796

This was a fantastic expirience and one I'd highly recommend. It was a real pleasure to spend a weekend learning from a true craftsman, and I have come away with a host of new skills, a beautiful table and some fantastic memories.  Looking forward to booking my next course with Peter soon.

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Gray - - #12780

Brilliant weekend learning craftsmanship skills, building green wood furniture with hand tools. A holiday for busy minds to drop all distractions and focus on a physical and creative activity.

Excellent, clear tuition, accessible to all. Highly recommend.

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Linda Wright - - #12672

Can’t thank Peter and David enough for an amazing introduction to Green Woodworking. Never in my wildest dreams did I really believe we would all be returning with 8 much loved and admired pieces of furniture but thanks to Peter’s patience and excellent teaching methods that’s exactly what happened. We all stayed at the lovely Corner Cottage, just a few yards away from the workshop, and had a weekend to remember. Can’t speak more highly of the course and am now wondering when I could squeeze in one of the five day courses!

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Sue Vincent - - #12664

As complete and utter novices with all things DIY we were a little nervous when we gamely agreed to attend Peter's two day course with a groups of friends. We needn't have feared; both Peter and Dave were unbelievable patient and caring - helping every step of the way and never once deeming a question too silly or irrelevent. We have had a fabulous weekend, full of laughter, fun and even learning a new skill. We would highly recommend the course and we are now the proud owners of two lovely walnut and birch footstools.

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Jo Dickens - - #12662

We went on a two day course with friends. A lovely way to learn a new skill, have some fun, relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life and spend time with friends. The course was very well run, in a friendly and informal way. Peter and David got the right balance between instruction and letting us have a go, and we all came home with furniture that we love and are proud of. Full of enthusiasm for our new skills and we would definitely recommend the course to anyone.

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Paul Burry - - #12503

A wonderful trip through the medium of green wood furniture making.
There seems to be a lot to do in two days but with Peter's constant support and step by step explanation of the tools and processes, we all completed the course with finished pieces of furniture to be proud of. I must do another course, I'm sure that I could do better next time !

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Rosie Oldham-Cooper - - #12466

We did the introduction to green wood furniture making with Peter this weekend and we would highly recommend it. A great introduction, beautiful location and Peter is a fantastic and really friendly teacher. We have both come away with pieces of furniture we are proud of. Thank you Peter!

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RIch Mears - - #12460

Great course with a laid back but informative teaching style and a well paced step my step journey through all the processes involved. Highly recommended.

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Simon Aston - - #11880

Really really good couple of days with Peter. Proper hands on course. No classroom stuff just a great style of teaching through years of experience. Peter puts you at ease with the tools and the processes from the word go. I now have a coffee table I'm extremely proud of.
Enjoyed it so much I've just booked another course!

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Louise Fisher - - #11829

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Lindsay Burstall - - #11823

I really loved this course - and so did my husband who also attended. By the end of the weekend we had each produced a small table/bench of which we both feel really proud - and amazed also! I had no prior experience of woodworking but Peter has all the tools and shows you how to use them with patience and expertise. My favourite part was sitting outside fashioning legs for my table using the draw horse and draw knife. You can choose what sort of legs you want and what sort of top and Peter will offer advice so you end up with what you want. Everyone on the course produced their own unique piece - and they all looked great! I am pretty sure we will be back for another course.

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SCOTT ANTHONY - - #11388

Very helpful, very imformative course in a relaxed atmosphere. Would really recommend this course.

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Tracey - - #11281

A thoroughly enjoyable and instructive course and a bargain at the price. It has inspired me to make more green wood pieces at home and I'm very tempted to try the table course. Peter is a refreshing instructor with many years of experience to draw on. Beware, it's rather addictive and you'll find yourself perusing tool catalogues before you know.

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Matt Cranitch - - #10957

Very enjoyable and instructive course with Peter who was well supported by apprentice Joe. Went through the whole process of making a stool / small table from start to finish in a beautiful setting in Devon using lots of tools and techniques and different sorts of wood. I had not done this sort of thing before but Peter gave me confidence from the very start that all would turn out well. The other nice aspect of the course was how everyone was happy to help each other out and there was a very friendly and supportive atmosphere throughout. Heartily recommended for a very enjoyable and fulfilling weekend

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Mark - - #10956

Peter is personable and liberating in his teaching, the facilities are good and the group on the whole were lovely. Definitely considering furthering my green wood work skills here. My bench isn't half bad either.

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Tony Baker - - #10899

Peter's "Introduction to green woodworking" weekend proved to be a joy to attend. I had no experience with green wood but was amazed at how easily it was to control a draw knife and shape the legs for my small table. Peters quiet authority, experience and good humour all helped to make the weekend enjoyable and a genuine pleasure. I would recommend the course if you want to find out what it feels like to make something beautiful with your own hands, even if you have little if any woodworking experience. Thanks again Peter for a great weekend.

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Esme North - - #10881

I had a fantastic weekend on the Introduction to Green Woodwork course. Peter guided us through the process of crafting our own stools in a relaxed and open, yet attentive and thorough way, which I felt empowered us to get the most from the experience. I felt really lucky to learn from someone with such impressive talent and many years of experience in working with wood. The knowledge and skills given on this course are so valuable, I came away really happy, and with inspiration and practical foundations to continue!

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Joanna Hill - - #10796

Peter Lanyon's "Introduction To Green Woodworking" course gives a great all round experience of using traditional hand tools, specialist furniture making tools and power tools to create a unique table or stool. There were 7 people on the course and it was really interesting to see people working with chestnut, sycamore, oak and cherry. They all turned out different. Peter takes you through everything step by step. It was great to split the green wood logs; shave the legs with their unique curves and knots; pick a dusty plank and see it transformed into a beautiful table top; and overcome my apprehension and fear of power tools. I made a beautiful side table and loved being in the workshop and spending the weekend by the sea. It was a fabulous weekend and I'm so pleased with my table. Thank you

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Ian Norton - - #10361

The Introduction to Greenwood Working course has been a fantastic experience. I have always wanted to learn how to work a piece of wood using traditional tools and methods, as opposed to the usual mundane sawing-planks-for-DIY uses. Peter and Cath were the very model of patience and gentle instruction as I slowly turned an oak log into hewn wood pieces into legs for a stool. At each step they gave me insightful tips and ideas about how I could work the wood I had chosen and kept me well clear of 'rookie' mistakes that would have no doubt ruined a whole days' work! I came away with a stool that I am sincerely proud of, some new friends and a renewed interest in traditional woodworking. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

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Oliver Murphy - - #10223

What a joy! Peter's Introduction to Greenwood course has to be the best weekend i've had all year. Peter is diligent and extremely experienced in his craft and has a lovely approach to teaching the various skills you learn throughout the two days. He guides and advises at a steady step by step pace to both the group and as individuals, helping you realise your own design. I'm certainly looking at dates for the chair making course. A charming location, weekend and tutor. Well recommended!!

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Tamsin - - #9912

My best weekend in years! I never thought I could do it but turns out I could - thanks to skilled and patient teaching from Pete and apprentice Joe, and the friendly support of a lovely bunch of fellow learners. Pete doesn't do it for you, and I admit to the occasional weak moment where I wished he would; instead he conveys calm confidence that you will 'get it' and so of course you do - and that makes you doubly proud of the finished product. I'm so chuffed with my stool - not without it's 'quirky' features but completely functional and gorgeous - and am seriously wondering what to make next. Thank you to everyone who made it such a great couple of days.

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Darren Barlow - - #9844

Really enjoyed my first woodworking experience since school(30 years ago). Even a novice like me came away from this two day course with a fully functioning side table. Pete and Joe were very chilled and patient instructors in a beautiful idyllic setting of Lambside Farm. Also met a great group of people in the process. Saving up for my next course, cant wait to continue improving and building my skills.

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Gerry Prior - - #9561

This course is really enjoyable and I would highly recommend it.

Everybody was friendly and willing to help one another and we all came away with something to show for our efforts, thanks to Peter and Jav's very patient support and kindness. It was a fun and enlightening weekend as an introduction to green wood furniture making and I would happily learn more!

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Jack Slater - - #9555

More than learning to work with wood.

For me, this course was an enjoyable, relaxing, almost therapeutic couple of days. Thanks to Peter and Jav; learning while doing is what it is all about. A very small, yet vital amount of time is taken up by excellent formal instruction from your two instructors while for every other moment you are encouraged to get hands-on with your log of choice.. and drink copious amounts of tea. P & J are both very kind, friendly and relaxed and possess the knowledge to answer any question - wood or life related.

I would recommend this course to those who enjoy the simpler things in life and wood enthusiasts alike.

I hope to be back very soon.

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Simon Wilkins - - #8968

Great course, but does not make me want to quit my day job and work with green wood all the time! Peter and Jav were so patient, knowledge the everyone created their own wonderful pieces in only two days. Incredible when you think what it started like. This course is great for anyone interested in working with wood or their hands, you don't need to be a expert, with the right tools and instruction you'll see anything is possible. Thank you Peter, I look forward to seeing you again soon on a future course to further develop my skills.

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Gail Bowen-Huggett - - #8870

I bought this course as a Christmas present for my husband, Paul. I rang Peter to chat about the course before booking and he was friendly and helpful. Paul loved his present and couldn't wait for the weekend of the course to arrive. He was not disappointed and had a wonderful time with his fellow course-mates and is so proud of the stool he made!

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Cath and Harry Winser - - #8754

Had a wonderful 2 days last weekend. Great location and workshop and fantastic tuition from Peter and Jav! We had a really friendly group and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and making our stool and table! Totally amazed at what we made and so so pleased with them! Would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone else, we were complete novices and received very patient instruction and help! Our stool and table are our pride and joy and we would definitely return to do the course again! Thank you Peter so much for an absolutely fab weekend. Cath and Harry

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Chris Matthews - - #8715

I really enjoyed my time on the course. Peter is a really friendly and helpful chap, he also knows his stuff and is very talented and passionate about his craft. All the other people on the course were great! I'm super proud of my stool and look forward to using my new skills to make more. Thank you Peter!

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Nik and Sheila - - #8706

An excellent course suitable for even complete novices. Come away after two days with a stool or side table you will be proud of for the rest of your life. Very happy we decided to come on this course and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to have a go at some woodwork.

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Abi - - #8470

What a brilliant weekend, couldn't have asked for more patient or entertaining instructors with such a clear passion for what they do!
Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to have a go like me, or with skills to polish.
Thanks Peter, my stool has pride of place in the living room

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Hannah Brocklesby - - #8287

Amazing!! Absolutely loved this course. Peter is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend this course. I had never worked with wood nor the tools we used yet by the end of the weekend I came home with a beautiful bedside table and an overwhelmingly sense of achievement. Great location, really well structured course, thank you Peter!

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Nick Stops - - #8118

I have had a little bit of wood work experience before but nothing with green wood. Peter was always helpful and patient with what must have been silly questions from me. I really enjoyed the weekend, it was one of the most rewarding ways to spend 2 days. I came away having had a whole load of fun and with a really nice product to show off to my friends. Most of all I find working with wood incredibly relaxing. 5 Stars.

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Peter Abernethy - - #8040

Fantastic weekend. Pete and Jarv were hugely knowledgeable and very entertaining. I met some great people and enjoyed the work. Pete had a knack at entertaining and teaching the group and the individual to cater for differing levels of ability and previous wood work experience. Thanks Pete for a great weekend!

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Georgie Oldroyde - - #7602

I arrived in some trepidation, not really believing I had it in me to sufficiently master the tools and techniques required to come away with something of which I could be proud.....but I was proved totally wrong and it is a tribute to Peter's teaching skills and the careful structure of the course that the outcome for all attending was such a great success. Both Peter and his trusty assistant, Jav (sp?) exercised great patience and good humour, balancing helpful interventions whilst encouraging autonomy - their graceful use of the different tools that shaped our work was such a contrast to my own clumsy attempts, but they never cast a value judgement upon that, which was what helped to make the course such an enriching experience in so many ways. My husband and I returned home with a stool and small table respectively and even our teenagers let slip some admiration for our efforts.

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Nick White - - #7560

This course was a birthday present from my family. This is my excuse for not looking at course information in any detail before the weekend and why I had little idea of what to expect. I therefore went with the flow, perhaps taking on a more ambitious project than I might otherwise have done - to be fair Peter gave me some early hints that I would have my work cut out. However Peter breaks down the process into clear steps, demonstrating one technique at a time...just as you feel you have mastered one, he moves you on to the next....and the next...a real organic experience! There is plenty of supervision and reassurance, interspersed by drinks, biscuits and mid afternoon cake to boost flagging limbs. It is hard and challenging but the reward of almost professional items of furniture is massive....everyone walked away proud if not a little smug. My wife's reaction was WOW! Then again she did very well - sent me away for 2 days to make her a bench ...and it was my present!

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Phil Millichap - - #6727

Went to build skills not a stool or low table and was not disappointed. Wood is lovely tactile material to work with given the right tools and skills. The course provides excellent opportunity to learn some of those skills and understand and use many of the tools, while many require a "knack" Peter and J provided right input at the right time! The course is hopefully a beginning, at least have ordered some of the tools!! Highly recommended.

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Colleen - - #6725

What a great way to spend a weekend. Really marvelous to see something created from a block of wood into a functioning piece of furniture. Peter and J showed huge patience and willingness to help when questions were asked and I couldn't have asked for better or more friendly instruction. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone. Top marks!

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Lou - - #6626

I really enjoyed this course. It was action-packed and full-on. The equipment was well maintained and plentiful and the tuition excellent. I came away with a gorgeous little table of which I am very proud. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in green woodworking and wants to spend a few days learning new skills, with a knowledgable teacher in a relaxed environment. Thank you, Peter

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Mark - - #6217

This course was absolutely fantastic. I learnt heaps over the two days and left with a beautiful side table/stool. The teaching was excellent with the right amount of direction and guidance and a really friendly atmosphere. I'll certainly be keeping my eyes on Peter's other courses in the future. Thanks for such a brilliant course.

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Richard Curzon - - #6175

An excellent course - fully meeting my expectations: everything you need to know from taking a freshly felled piece of timber, wood selection, tool use, processing, shaping, fitting and finishing it into a respectable piece of green wood furniture. Patient, friendly instruction. Highly recommended.

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Paul Collings - - #5856

What a brilliant course, any one with the slightest interest in wood would love this! and the great thing is that you get to take something home that you have hand made from a branch and slab of wood. Peter was a great instructor, had everyone feeling relaxed from the off with his laid back attitude but kept us working to an invisible time table. Jarv, Peters assistant was always available with answers and help when anyone needed it. All eight of us finished our stools or tables and I'm sure went home inspired to do more. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone whatever your ability.

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James Hill - - #5855

A superb course - Peter is an excellent tutor, and led a group of varying abilities to complete some remarkable pieces of furniture. I did not expect to enjoy myself so much and found the process of shaping green wood very satisfying. I would recommend this to anyone and will certainly do more of his courses.

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Jan Dawe - - #5853

I have just returned from Peter's 2 day green woodworking course and the proof of the pudding is that I want to return and have another go. Day 1 is relaxing amid good company, lovely surroundings: an excellent way to unwind using edge tools to shape our chosen wood. Day 2 is more technically challenging with an array of tools to encounter. Peter and Jav were excellent teachers, stopping short of doing things for us but encouraging and promoting confidence. By the end of day 2 everyone had a finished item which was amazing. The camaraderie in the workshop will be memorable with everyone prepared to stop and help. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates learning hands-on and no previous experience seemed necessary.

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Naomi Patkai - - #5849

I have just returned from a wonderful weekend on one of Peter's "Green Woodworking Courses". I went with low expectations of my abilities to produce anything that would look good and everything far exceeded my expectations.
Peter and Jarv were brilliant tutors with great humour, patience and encouragement. Both are friendly and taught us so much in such a short time. The two days flew by, but in a really relaxed environment where we were all able to work at our own level and ask for as much or as little help as we needed.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I hope very much to return to a further course in the future.

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Chris Harper - - #5846

Such a great way to spend a weekend.
I have done quite a few different types of woodwork over the past 15 years but have always been self taught and not tried green woodwork before. I found this to be such a satisfying way of working with wood and Peter is a great teacher.
There is a lot to get done in the 2 days and it is quite a physical course because it is almost all done with hand tools. I am quite particular in relation to attention to detail so my recommendation would be to just go with the flow and don't worry about triple checking measurements etc or you will struggle to get everything done. And because of the organic nature of green woodwork the end result is always going to be unique and wavy anyway.
I will definitely be booking on another course with Peter in the future.

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Sarah F - - #5573

I booked my husband on this course as a gift, and it was great. The workshop is in a beautiful part of the world, and he came away with new skills and a beautiful wooden stool. Highly recommended!

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John Nicholls - - #5336

A wonderful course, Peter and his lovely assistant are a great double act and very engaging :)
The course is busy - there is a lot of ground to cover in the 2 days - but the time flies by as you are so absorbed in the wood.
A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and productive course - we all came away with a totally unique piece that we had crafted ourselves from a log. Massively satisfying and thoroughly recommended.
Top tip - bring sunscreen !

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Anna Rayner - - #5330

This course wildly exceeded my expectations (which were high anyway). It ticks all the boxes - fantastic location and atmosphere, lovely people, excellent tuition from Peter. I came away with some lovely memories but also a piece of furniture that I am really proud of and will always treasure. Anyone who is pondering whether this is the course for them - book it now! You won't regret it.

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David Fenton-Jones - - #5316

A fantastic introduction to the world of green woodworking. Peter is friendly, approachable and keen to pass on his experience to others. No question is too 'silly' and NO previous experience is required.
You will be able to turn a 'log' into a family treasure in just one weekend, going home with a creation to be proud of.
The atmosphere is all very relaxed and welcoming and I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone. :)

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Iain Ferguson - - #5313

I have just returned from a fantastic 2 days at the Devon Green Wood Centre. The course was very well organised and the location is superb - you work outside in fine weather. Peter is an excellent tutor - very interesting, knowledgeable and encouraging. All 8 participants came away with pieces they were justly proud of and will no doubt treasure for years; my first green wood stool (with 3 ash legs and a beech seat) will be admired by me (and others, I hope) for a very long time.

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Paul Bailey - - #5083

I attended Peter's "Green Woodworking" course in May with all my family and other friends and had a fantastic time. I have done a fair amount of wood and metal work, but wanted to learn about some of the more traditional methods of shaping wood. It was very refreshing to create interesting objects without having to be too accurate about it (except the joints). Peter was very easy going and was receptive to all the questions directed at him.
I came away enthused to do more green woodwork projects.
We will always remember the weekend as a highlight of our year.

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Neil Greenland - - #5078

Brilliant course, both informative and highly enjoyable. Peter and Marv's patient and friendly approach was spot on and the whole setting made it a memorable experience. Great fun but also extremely useful , introducing us to the wonderful world of froes, travishers, and spokeshaves!!

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Dan Botting - - #4868

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Peter was very knowledgeable and inspiring. I fully intend to continue practising green woodworking and could not be more pleased that I decided to invest in this. Highly recommended for anyone of any ability.

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Stuart - - #4855

This was a fantastic course, I would thoroughly recommend to anybody. Great instruction from Peter, relaxed atmosphere and lots of tea and cake!

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Margaret and Dave Calder - - #4726

This was a really fun weekend and we came away with two tables that could fit together or be used apart and we are very proud of them. We enjoyed ourselves lots and learnt so much. Thanks Peter and Jarv.

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Rod Horne - - #4401

An excellent 2 days. Totally absorbing , so much so that the time whistled past. Peter's style of instructing is very pleasing and he allows you to get on with your work without to much interjection, however he is there immediately you need help. I was amazed at the quality and appearance of the stool I made, it is a "one off" that exists nowhere else! If you want two days of enjoyment therapy get along to one of Peter Lanyon's courses, you won't be disappointed.

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Michael Waring - - #4364

Fantastic course! The whole experience was better than I had hoped for a weekend of creativity for my 16 year old son and I.
Peter and the team operate a very warm, friendly and relaxed operation and are very open with the skills and techniques required for a beginner; keen to give you extra tips whenever possible.
The course is still at the forefront of our minds weeks after completing the course and has given us the confidence to try things at home.

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Jackson - - #4359

I'd recommend this course to anyone, an insightful and inspiring look at green wood working. Peter and Garv were helpful and knowledgable, and with their instruction you come away with a really unique, beautiful and personal piece of furniture that you've built from scratch. I loved every minute and could easily have spent longer

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Myfanwy Scrivener - - #4340

I can't recommend this course highly enough. Peter and Garv were so friendly and helpful, so we all felt immediately at ease. I've learnt so much about green woodworking and am absolutely hooked. This is fully hands-on and the piece you produce is entirely your own. Time just flew and I can't wait to go back for more.
If you get a chance to attend this course, you should go. The setting is idyllic, you will learn a huge amount and you will have enormous fun doing it.

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Sophie Baring - - #4125

Nothing but good things to say about this course.. Great people, calm friendly atmosphere, and in a beautiful location. I loved learning about the tools and techniques of green woodwork and was amazed by how much we managed to achieve in one weekend. I also loved seeing all the different things that everyone made. Many thanks Peter, hope to see you again on the next course!

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Duncan Armstrong - - #4120

What a fabulous weekend! The 2 day course introduces tools and techniques I, for one, had certainly never heard of. To end the course with a piece of furniture we now use at home is more than I could have hoped for. Peter's (and Cath's) calm, quiet instruction and friendly encouragement throughout the weekend was brilliant.

Already looking at the Build a Shave Horse course!

I simply cannot recommend this course highly enough - go if you can!

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Joanna - - #4117

Absolutely loved this course! Was thrilled to be able to produce a lovely hand tooled green wood stool in just 2 days. There was quite a pace to the course to get everything done but the group was really nice, the atmosphere convivial & all set in a great location. Peter is a wonderful tutor & Cath was a great support throughout. Highly recommended & I hope to get back for another course soon.

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Peter Sharp - - #4084

OUTSTANDING Introduction to Green Wood Furniture Making on 30 - 31 January 2016. Having promised myself this treat some time ago - I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and I've got the bug now. I've ordered my left-handed axe (who knew!) and a froe and will be on the case for Japanese saw and drawknife shortly. Peter's quiet and authoritative delivery with conviction, skill, experience and encouragement is a great way to learn. The group of folk there were convivial and there was a quick sense of camaraderie as we all did our best... and all came away with a table or stool that came from fresh cut timber and all beginners at these techniques. If you fancy this - just do it, you'll be pleased you did. Many thanks - unreserved enthusiasm.

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Heather Moon - - #3494

I absolutely loved this course! With absolutely no skills or experience with any woodwork or tools, there is no one more shocked than me to find I have a beautiful table that fits perfectly in my living room! There is a great balance between supportive guidance, and encouragement to take ownership and work your own project. Therefore people with more background than I had also seemed fulfilled and challenged to the right degree. In addition, it seemed like we all supported each other, which made for a very social experience. A really enjoyable weekend indeed - big thanks to Peter and Cath.

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Paul Bloxham - - #3493

I attended Peters two day introduction course last weekend and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in wood. Peter has a relaxed teaching style which worked tremendously well with a group of inexperienced green woodworkers and enabled all of the participants to leave having made something to be be proud of. The two days were very hands on with a good group dynamic and on top of it all in a lovely part of the world.

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Lorna Thomas - - #3491

I've just been on the weekend introduction to green wood furniture and have come away with a small table that I am incredibly proud to say I made myself! It was a busy, but highly creative weekend and there is something genuinely relaxing about working with wood. There was a nice social dynamic too with the other people on the course. Most highly recommended. I am very tempted to go back for more.

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Doug - - #3485

The course was a great practical intro - we were splitting wood within the first half hour and Peter was always on hand with useful advice and tips. The atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed and it was suprising how quickly I felt at home with the techniques under Peters guidance. All ten of us came away with new skills and something we were proud to have made.

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Jane - - #3017

Thoroughly enjoyed the course and we're very pleased with the pair of tables we made now standing proudly in our living room.

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Bryan - - #2963

One of the best weekends ever!

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David Lee - - #2917

A very good course as a introduction to green wood working. The two day course is busy and fairly full on. You are able to make and complete a simple stool or small table and take it away with you.
Peter is available with as much support as you need.
What ever your experience of other areas of woodworking you would find this course worthwhile and useful.

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Jo Jenkins - - #2911

We had a great weekend on this course. I have never done wood work of any kind before, and as a complete beginner found that Peter and his helper Dave were patient teachers.
I surprised myself by coming away with a green wood stool that I am proud of, and isn't wonky! It was brilliant to get away from the rat race, (no mobile signal) and create something beautiful.
If you are in any doubt about choosing this course, all I can say is ' do it!'

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Dan - - #2583

A fantastic 2 day course from which you walk away with your very own stool or small table. The days are quite fast paced in order to fit it all in but Peter is brilliant at explaining each step and giving an understanding of how wood behaves. The number of people on the course is just right. Highly recommended.

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David Cutting - - #2547

I thoroughly recommend the two-day introductory course to green wood working. Peter explains each stage very lucidly and is very supportive throughout and the course is well paced so you have time to learn the different techniques as you work through each stage of the process. The whole experience is great fun and the weekend is both informal and very productive. Everyone finishes up with a lovely piece of furniture that is entirely their own making.

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Mark Maunsell-Thomas - - #2545

Great couple of days. Peter is patient and managed to support all of us with the intricacies of making our own stool. He guided us through each step meticulously and made the process seem relatively easy... A lot to cover in two days but everyone went home with a piece to be proud of which should last years. I'll be back for more! Thanks Peter.

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Rachel - - #2327

This is the second course I have attended with Peter and I will certainly be back again. Everyone on the course produced beautiful pieces of furniture to take away with them and had gained a number of new skills along the way. Working with wood in this way is completely rewarding and engrossing, the location of the workshop is beautiful and the opportunity to work outside in good weather made it even better. As before I would recommend attending one of Peter's courses to everyone whatever your level of experience.

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Emily - - #2276

What an amazing two days with the brilliant Peter and Jarve on the introductory course. I made a stool from cherry and sycamore and it was incredible. I was amazed at how you could turn a wet tree into a beautiful piece of furniture in just two days. Thanks to Peters clear and calm instruction and obvious vast knowledge of green wood working enabled everyone to create beautiful furniture irrespective of people's experience and abilities. I will be coming for more courses and investing in some hand tools, and having ago at making my own shave horse! Thank you Peter and Jarve.

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Nick Pendleton - - #2275

Just attended Peter's 2 day introductory course, with no previous experience. Loved the authentic production environment. I made a rustic stool using sweet chestnut and oak, could not believe the beautiful authentic result. My family were amazed. Enjoyed starting from scatch with a chestnut branch converted to the wooden legs using a variety of traditional tools. Peter took time to demonstrate the different fabrication stages and was supportive and attentive throughout, ably assisted by Jarve, his trusty volunteer. I am hooked!

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Dave Parker - - #2269

Just attended the 2 day Introduction To Green Woodworking Course (March 2015) and it was brilliant. I've never done anything like this before and I couldn't believe what I achieved in the two days. Peter Lanyon enthuses you with his own passion for green woodworking and his teaching style is hands on with lots of support and coaching. I made a three legged stool from cherry and sycamore and I think it's truly beautiful, I can't believe I made it. I learned about different kinds of wood, used loads of tools I'd never seen before and feel quite inspired by the whole experience.

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Ali Rutherford - - #2266

Just spent two excellent days with Peter Lanyon, learning how to make a stool out of green wood. I would recommend this to anyone from complete beginners to those who have lots of experience. It was wonderful to be able to spend time making something me, under expert supervision. We all came away with a beautiful piece of furniture and you would not have believed it possible for all of us to create something so professional looking. I was jealous of everyone's work! Peter and Jav encouraged, corrected and guided us all into achieving great things. I will certainly be back and feel inspired to do more. Thank you very much.

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Tim Poate - - #2118

Superb course. Great workshop with plenty of tools to try out and get used. Excellent support and advice on all aspects of woodwork. Friendly and welcoming style, very relaxed. I look forward to future courses.

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Mike - - #2094

An excellent course in a welcoming and inspiring environment. Peter and Jav were very generous with their extensive knowledge and experience. Thank you - I will be back for the Chair Making course.

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Terry Speyer - - #2086

Had a fabulous weekend learning a lot about Greenwood working. Peter is so obviously knowledgeable and so easy to approach and ask information of. Wide availability of tools to use and due to the process, on delay in completing the project. I thought I was not going to finish my stool but realised that the other course members were behind in other ways!

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Tony Thomson - - #2065

What a fantastic experience!

I rate this as one of the best courses I have attended. The hands on approach, the level of expertise, the positive attitudes and helpfulness of Peter and Jav, made it both enjoyable and educational. I learned a lot. It was great too to meet the other delegates. We were all looking to learn and that made for a great atmosphere.

As someone who runs a training company, I can only hope that my delegates feel as positive about the courses we run?

Thank you Peter and Jav for a great weekend.

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Richard Brown - - #2061

Very good course for beginners - an almost inspirational event!
Good because it took as read that all participants wanted to be there and wanted to achieve something - thus we hit the ground running.
Would recommend it,strongly.

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Issy Bryars - - #1861

This is more than a course in woodworking, the venue is lovely, the workshop is tucked away deep in the Devon countryside, the tools were plentiful and great quality and locally sourced wood a joy to work with. Peters softly spoken instruction and vast experience guided us all to create something practical, beautiful and very personal. Totally absorbing and addictive we will be back to try our hand at a table. This is just the beginning...... Thank you Peter.

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kerry vaughan - - #1850

I had an enjoyable weekend on this busy course,turning a tree trunk into a piece of furniture I love. The tuition was great .Peter and his able assistant were kind informative and exceptionally patient .I had no previous experience but would love to return for another course. It was a great way to spend the weekend .The group were a fun enthusiastic mix of people and it fascinating to see how we all managed to produce such different and delightful pieces of furniture .
I would highly recommend this course

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Peter Constantine - - #1657

I thoroughly enjoyed the two day course at The Old Kennels.
However, it did appear that time was a little short putting pressure on at the end.

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Trisha Downe - - #1651

Peter was an excellent tutor, very sympathetic with those that had no knowledge at all yet able to instruct those who had some knowledge as well. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the course and came away inspired with our lovely interlocking tables.
Well worth the money!

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Linda - - #1645

I really enjoyed the course, Peter is a great teacher and makes sure that you learn the "proper way" of making a stool or table. All tools and wood was provided to make the course as easy for new learners as possible and Peter was ably assisted by his keen helper. I hope to do another course when possible.

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Jeremy Briggs - - #1641

This was one of the best two days woodworking I have had for quite some time. We were blessed with good weather that allowed outdoor working, which together with the other people on the course, Peter's calm instructions and a great location combined to make it a fantastic course. I have since bought myself some tools and have started to build my own shave horse. Hopefully I should be able to get some freshly felled Ash soon, and then I can make a stool without Peters guidance. Scary stuff, but I am sure all he taught me will be remembered.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to others.

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Margaret Shaw - - #1639

I have just completed a two day course with Peter at the Old Kennels and love the small table that I made. If I can do it anyone can and it was all excellent. The small group size means you get all the help you need and Peter makes sure that the finished product is the best it can be while still being your personal design.

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Trevor - - #1529

This was my first time doing real woodwork since school and I really enjoyed it. Peter and his team of Kath and Jarv were all very approachable, patient and helpful, explaining each step in detail and then giving advice and help as we went along. It was really helpful Peter saying what we needed to have achieved in each half-day as that kept the pace steady.
Lovely venue, too!
Amazing to see at the end of the course that there were so many lovely and very different stools and tables all started from the same starting materials

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Dave Greenhalf - - #1520

I had a lovely couple of days at the centre. Peter was very patient and, despite becoming a father a few days before, gave us his full attention. His instructions were clear and every task was demonstrated. There were good sharp tools supplied to enable us to complete the tasks required. I ended up with exactly what I wanted, a guitar stool for my son. Tea and coffee were available at all times, as was support from Peter's very able helper Jav. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in woodwork. There is a freedom in this type of work that I have never found in other types of woodwork; I used to be a carpenter and do still make some things in a shed at home. The course is suitable for both the experiences woodworker, who, like me, always wanted to have a go at this greenwood work, or the complete novice who has never lifted a tool. I want to go back and do more!

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Kirsty Smith - - #1515

I bought my husband the Introduction to Green Woodworking course for his birthday, but couldn't resist doing it myself too! We had a great couple of days making two very nice side tables. The process itself of making something from green wood is so simple - we loved using the different tools and are hoping to buy some ourselves. The course was taught in a lovely rural setting in a relaxed way by Peter with help from Jarv and Kath, who were both very helpful. If there was one thing I had to improve it would be having enough charged drill batteries, as this was something our group seemed to go through pretty quickly! We would definitely recommend this course.

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Mary - - #1342

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!!
The best short course I have ever experienced and a beautiful nest of tables at the end. As a complete novice I found Peter's teaching style and knowledge so encouraging. He made everything sound really simple and achievable.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Just give it a go.

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Jacob Blackwell - - #831

This course was not only thoroughly enjoyable, but was also a key factor in my decision making in relation to my future career. I had completed a furniture making course at college but had lost my enthusiasm for woodwork. Peter showed me a different and all together more exciting form of woodworking (green woodworking) and since I completed the course I have had no doubt that my future lies with green woodworking. The course was run in a relaxed but effective manner, and Peter was very approachable if assistance was required. I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in practical hands on work. Whilst £120 may seem like a lot of money for 2 days, after carrying out some market research I discovered that the pricing is more than reasonable and I am delighted that I was there to complete the course. Peter has a lot of knowledge to give and I am keeping my ears pricked for further opportunities that he has to offer.

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martyn ellison - - #827

Boost your confidence and have fun at the same time.
Peters relaxed and informative style of teaching green woodworking is both enjoyable and rewarding. On the 2 day course that I attended, Peter guided us through the process of choosing our wood, shaping it, and constructing it into wonderful green wood furniture. A great course which I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about green woodworking and developing a new skill.

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Theresa - - #826

As a complete novice at woodworking this course was absolutely brilliant, Peters relaxed and supportive teaching style had me using both traditional and power tools (eek!) with confidence. The small side table I produced is absolutely beautiful. Peter really took the time to get to know everyone on the course and to really think about what our individual needs were. He tailored his teaching to our previous experiences (which were varied) perfectly. He has inspired me to get my own tools and develop my woodworking further. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn some woodworking skills. Even if you are a beginner, don't be scared, jump straight in with Peter, you couldn't ask for a better start.

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Joa Grower - - #825

Although I am one of the workers at Growers Organics I took time out from working one weekend last year and attended the 'Introduction to Green woodwork' course and had a lovely time spending time with the students and even I mananged to produce (even though I say it myself) a preatty good 4 legged stool. Thanks Peter for your patience!

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Javed Mir - - #822

I did an "Introduction To Green Woodworking" course with Peter at Growers Organic. It really was fantastic, as well as learning a whole range of skills, and spending the weekend with a great bunch of people, I made and finished a beautiful stool. Peter was a great teacher, allowing everyone to learn at their own pace, with humour, kindness and patience..
I was amazed at how we all as a group were able to produce such a beautiful collection of stools and tables, even people with no previous woodworking experience !
I really couldn't recommend this course enought, it has given me the knowledge and skills to continue Green Woodworking on my own.
Am looking forward to joining Peter next year for more of the same.

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Andy Wells - - #821

I've been to two of Peter's courses now and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. I've thoroughly enjoyed the process and the finished articles and much of this has been down to Peter's sensitivity and responsiveness, being willing to be flexible and adapt the courses to the sometimes challenging and awkward wishes of course participants like myself. He was always happy to go the extra mile to enable individuals to achieve their desired finished article and his knowledge, skill, professionalism and manner would be difficult to match.

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Jane Baker - - #820

Brilliant course! Excellent tuition and company. I was so pleased with my beautiful stool that I gave it to my daughter for Christmas. She loves it.
I went on the course with some friends and we had such a good weekend. Creative, productive and fun.
Highly recommended.

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Nigel Gross - - #819

I attended this course last year. I surprised myself by coming away with a really beautiful table. Peter has a lovely style of teaching, a dry sense of humor and great attention to detail. What I particularly liked about the course is his eye for the design of the piece - he shares his thoughts but leaves you free to make your own choices. The tools were great and we used superb materials from the local area. I learnt so much and have since made myself a shave horse, and intend to go on his chair course this year.

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David Fenton-Jones - - #746

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