"I had a brilliant day, learnt a lot from Amanda. I made some amazing candles. It was worth travelling from London to Wales for this course. Will definitely be going there again in 2015. Thank you David for everything."
"It opened my mind and got the creative juices flowing. I can't wait to go off and do my own candles as presents and/or to sell. It was great that we did different types of candles so we could see the possibilities. Also enjoyed the small group."
"Course 2 has proved to be more challenging, as one would expect. Just like before Richard and Mark were excellent. They are undoubtedly excellent cabinet makers, but on these courses it is their ability to help you develop your skills which is invaluable. Their love of wood and what they do is infectious. From start to finish it was brilliant fun and after the second day I found myself phoning home to chat to my better half and realising that I had a grin like a cheshire cat. If you are interested in developing your cabinetmaking skills then this course is a must."
"Having recently attended the level 1 course I have to say that it was excellent. With classes of a maximum of 4, the course was not only informative, but incredible fun. Richard and Mark are incredibly knowledgeable which not only enabled them to teach the more experienced members of our group, but also patient enough to nurture the novices. If you are thinking of doing this course my advice would be...just do it, you won’t regret it."
"Absolutely Brilliant! I had a great time. Very small classes so lots of personal attention. Adam and his staff are very knowledgeable and competent. I thoroughly recommend this course and hope to go back for more.
Thanks very much for a great day."
"I really enjoyed the weekend. I had no prior experience of working with leather, although I have done dressmaking and a little upholstery, so I was a bit concerned that other students would have had more experience than me. But I thought that the standard of teaching was very good, with allowances being made for the differing standards of competance of the students. Gaynor was especially skilled in helping me find alternative ways of doing some of the work when I found it difficult due to arthritis in my hands. She was also very positive and encouraging, which made for a lovely atmosphere. I would love to do another course - Perhaps a one day "Make Another Bag" course?"
"I was so thrilled that I found Allison's 1 day Canvas Workshop. As I don't consider myself 'crafty' I was worried that it may be too advanced for me. Allison was great though and provided great advice and assistance and I was able to produce a fantastic canvas that is in pride of place in my daughter's bedroom! Excellent and abundant resources to choose from. A great day - thoroughly recommend."
"I have just attended a 2-day course with Nigel and it was absolutely fantastic. I have a reasonably stressful job and I was able to completely switch off and think of nothing but what I was doing.
Nigel is a top chap and I loved hearing his stories. I was very lucky as the first day was 1 on 1 with Nigel and then on the second day a couple joined. However, this did not detract from the attention Nigel gave me, he just moved around a bit faster! We made some great pieces and Nigel was very patient in explaining what to do.
I stayed overnight in one of the shepherd huts in the grounds which was lovely and warm and cosy. When I left I was so relaxed and recharged ready to face the daily grind of work again. I thoroughly enjoy myself and will definitely be back. Thank you Nigel."
"The 1 day blacksmithing course I did with Nigel was brilliant and he is an absolute character! His stories were hilarious and he was so welcoming. Me and my girlfriend stayed the night of the 7th November in one of Nigel's shepherds huts, despite the cold weather it was perfectly warm and cosy! The next morning we started, this being my first try at blacksmithing I was eager to learn but also a little worried about what I'd be able to achieve in 1 day.
Nigel has a fantastic knowledge and I felt completely comfortable even as a beginner! He let me know it was totally up to me what I wanted to make and although I hadn't come along with any ideas his shop is full of plenty!!
Spent a lot of time actually at the forge as it was 1 on 1, a lot more than I thought I would which was definitely a bonus, another bonus was using the power hammers!
I enjoyed the day so much I'm going back to college to learn it as a profession.
"I recently spent two days on a course with Bill. I (some time ago), served an apprenticeship as a joiner so I knew I had some skill working with my hands. What Bill did was to renew my appreciation for the skill required to produce a quality product using traditional skills. His knowledge is supreme, his manner so affable, and at the end of the course I felt privileged to have learnt new skills, and a few trade secrets from someone who obviously loves his trade and is a master of it. highly recommended."
"This course turned out to be everything I hoped it would be. Diane has a lovely, easy style of demonstating her craft and within minutes we were all beginning to have a go at spinning. A couple of group members had brought wheels with them, which they had already bought but not been able to get working properly. Diane's brother patiently analyed the problems and fixed them.
Diane made spinning look effortless. Our laughable early efforts soon improved, because of her enthusiatic encouragement. By the end of the course we had all spun two bobins full of wool and plyed them together into a skein of wool to take home. A throughly enjoyable day which left all of us with a great sense of achievement. Brilliant!"
"A very interesting day spent with George turning this bowl, I enjoyed the learning process from start through to sanding / finishing. A very high standard of tuition and advice. I would highly recommend a course here to anyone. Many thanks George and Sue for a warm welcome.
"I had such a great time at the weaving course. My aim was to learn the basics so that i could attempt to try this at home myself (no doubt returning for another class to stop any bad habits!) and i have certainly achieved this. I managed to go home with a finished piece after a full day of teaching (and eating of lovely food). I fully intend on getting a frame for myself as a Christmas present.
Great atmosphere and a patient teacher!"
"The journey to Firebird was fantastic as we drove through trees of orange and mist shrouded hollows. Mort's knowledge of the surrounding countryside was amazing and made the day for one of us, when he said that Poo Corner was literally, round the corner. His patience with 3 fairly pathetic females was first rate, matched only by his bravery as he held the chisel close while I wielded a 4lb hammer. Thankfully, missing both his hands and head, he's gone on to teach again. Oh yes, and the blacksmithing bit was good too!"
"A thoroughly enjoyable day. A very relaxed and informative day with a few laughs thrown in too. Mort was very patient and provided support ithout making me feel like a complete plank . I will definitely be back in the new year..."
"Attended the day with very little experience of working with clay. Had a wonderful time and managed to complete several pots during the time. Lorraines teaching style is practical, relaxed and informative. She manages to get the balance just right between giving you possibilities of what you could do and having a go and seeing what happens. I will certainly be going again and can highly reccommend the day to anyone interested in giving ceramics a try.
"Relief carving course at Higham Hall 27-31st November: This was my first carving course with Sharon and it quickly became evident that many others on the course were returners- very reassuring. She quickly put us new comers at our ease and lead an inspiring and supportive class encouraging self direction and individuality but offering generous help and instruction when needed. The opportunity to work 9 to 9:30, with generous breaks for meals and rest when needed, over 4 days was wonderful in the beautiful relaxed setting of the Lake District. I hope to return next year"
"I had a wonderful day at Jane's tapestry workshop! We started off getting to know the group over coffee and cake. Then throughout the day, Jane provided helpful and encouraging advice and we also got inspiration from looking at each others work in a relaxed atmosphere. Jane's husband Graham did a fantastic job providing us with lovely home cooked food! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. It would make a fantastic present. I am already looking forward to my next course!"
Thank you for such a wonderful fun experience. I really enjoyed your workshop and keen to get on board with another.
Sekeena - you have such a wonderful story on your journey to where you are today, thank you for sharing this with all in the class. Candle making is just so much fun and you were very patient with us all. I'd highly recommend this class."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. Sarah gave us a great introduction to the process of nuno felting. She gave us a demonstration of the technique and provided us with a wide and beautiful range of materials.
We were then let loose with Sarah keeping a watchful and encouraging eye.
I came away having had a great day, learnt a new skill, made new friends and a beautiful scarf.
I would definitely sign up for another workshop and recommend to anyone."