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Nigel Hobbins wood carving and tool care classes

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Duration: 1 day 11am- 4:00pm

Price: £85

Book with: Nigel Hobbins
at Nigel Hobbins Woodcarving

Buck Street
Challock, Ashford
TN25 4AR

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About the Course

A one day introductory course in wood carving at Nigel’s Workshop in Challock surrounded by woodland. Small groups of 5 persons maximum.

A taster course for those who are new to wood carving featuring:
The opportunity to carve: a relief, a bowl or simple 3 dimensional object.
Your own ideas welcome.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Wood can be supplied at a small cost, but feel free to bring your own. Experienced wood carvers are also welcome. Tools available but please feel free to bring your own. Do wear suitable footwear.

Tea, coffee, cake and jovial atmosphere provided.

Onsite parking available

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I have just had an amazing day woodcarving under Nigel’s patient guidance. I was a complete novice but Nigel put me at ease straight away. The day was overcast and cold so with mugs of tea we entered the workshop and were met with the lovely smell of wood, Nigel’s carvings plus the log burner warming the space. I wanted to make a bowl in an acorn shape. As I began to chisel (actually gauge- I now know what a chisel and gauge do :-) I was completely hooked! It was so interesting to try out the different tools suggested for different effects- the v shaped gauge was my friend and saviour! When we stopped for a delicious lunch, for the first time ever on a course I was itching to get back to my acorn! Time flew and tea and cakes were regularly supplied. Would love to go again and now want my own set of tools. My girls and partner loved my acorn. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to try woodcarving. You’ll have a lovely day.

- - #21613

I've done quite a few craft courses over the last few years and I can honestly say that this was the best one yet!

Nigel is a superb teacher. His passion and enthusiasm for his craft is inspiring and it was a genuine pleasure to be instructed by him. Rather than railroad me down a particular path, Nigel asked what sort of carving I’d like to try my hand at (I went for relief) and helped me as I developed a design (I chose a curly-horned ram). He showed me the basics on wood selection and reading the piece as well as introducing all of the fundamental techniques that I’d need to know should I wish to carry on carving in the future. He was also kind enough to show me a little bit about how to sharpen the chisels.

I had a fantastic time and look forward to doing more carving in the future. Cannot recommend this course enough.

- - #21576

My husband and myself had ourselves a fantastic day with Nigel in his workshop. Being a complete novice to woodcarving, I was delighted to take home a lovely relief carving of a leaf that now has pride of place in my living room. Nigel was an excellent and attentive teacher and we would happily recommend his sessions to anyone looking into trying out this fascinating craft.
The lunch provided was excellent and we were able to sit out in the sunshine to eat, along with plenty of tea and cake to keep us fueled throughout the day. We even got to have a look at the sea of bluebells currently growing in the wooded area behind the workshop too. All in all, a cracking day and would happily attend again.

- - #21557

I attended this one day course at the weekend, a birthday gift from my wife, and what a gift it was! Quite apart from learning some new skills and gaining hugely in confidence with Nigel's very patient and relaxed style of imparting his great knowledge and experience, I quite simply had a great time, a few hours of really active and rewarding relaxation. Nigel was welcoming and a charming host, the small group of us hit it off very quickly and the day had a lovely dynamic. Nigel provided us a great lunch and kept the refreshments flowing, and the time just flew by - I could have stayed all evening. The downside? Well I now have to buy myself a big toolbox of chisels and gouges and whetstones and clamps and big lumps of wood and I'll have to tidy up the garage and that bench will have to be upgraded and I'll need to install a wood burner and........ I'm hooked! Highly recommended.

- - #20049

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- - #17123

My daughter attended a workshop with Nigel and was thrilled. She created a stunning carved fish that she is very pleased about. Nigel was very attentive and helpful guiding my daughter step by step. Both Christine and Nigel were extremely welcoming. I thoroughly recommend the workshop.

- - #16499

Recently completed a five week course-wish it had been ten times longer! The amount of knowledge/advice/guidance Nigel gently imparts in truly wonderful surroundings made for a fun and very enjoyable course. Would highly recommend for both beginner and experienced carver

- - #13627

I just finished a five weeks course with Nigel and he opened up a new and wonderful world of wood carving for me. He is a real inspiration and full of creative ideas. He is very helpful and gives very constructive guidance and advice. There is a special atmosphere in the workshop with music and stimulating conversation.
Thank you Nigel.

- - #12021

Great class in a lovely place. Nigel is calm, patient and accommodating. His tuition is relaxed, encouraging and tailored to suit the individual.

- - #11997

A truly relaxing and restorative venue imbued with the spirit of wood. Nigel is a gentle, informative and inspirational teacher, sensitive to our different needs and experience. Highly recommended by me too!

- - #11611

Nigel is an inspirational woodcarver, bringing an artistic spirit and creativity to the practicalities. He’s very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to work with - highly recommended!

- - #11402

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 16th November 2019
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Tuesday 26th November 2019
Saturday 30th November 2019
Saturday 7th December 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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