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A really great day. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who don't feel particularly artistic but think they must have some creativity somewhere in them! Adrian presents you with the ideas and designs and shows you the required techniques but the artistic flair is yours to express. Really informal and relaxed and the other folk at the centre...
By Simon Chalk - 7 years ago
I went on the more advanced course and found that I learnt an awful lot. It began with a starter session introducing safe ways to use the knife and axe we then progressed to making spoons and other wooden implements. The course was relaxed and obviously a great deal of thought had gone into the planning of the course from...
By Heather Smith - 7 years ago
The courses are well-run and thought out, highly informative, relaxed and a great deal of fun in lovely surroundings. There aren't too many people on each course and Robin, who is a highly knowledgeable, experienced and generous tutor, can spend time with each student to guide and help. He is also a great host with tasty home-made lunches day on...
By Bobbie Williams - 7 years ago
Discovering spoon and bowl carving with Robin was a wonderful experience. As a professionnal "modern" carpenter, I found really hard after this two courses to use my electrics power tools! I have been so inspired by Robin's vision of woodwork that I am now reconsidering the way I use to work and trying to give more room for manual tools....
By Jim - 7 years ago
What a superb course. I had been carving spoons for about a year, and thought I knew how to do it. From Robin's excellent tuition I soon learned better ways to do almost every phase of the process. He started (after introductions) by showing us a bunch of his favourite spoons, although to my surprise they had mostly been carved...
By Adam Hart-Davis - 7 years ago
A wonderful introduction to knife and axe skills needed to make beautiful, functional cooking spoons. The beautiful location, excellent instruction- perfect for complete beginners to experienced carvers. I had already learned to carve bowls, but the knife skills learnt are taught in such a way you can apply them to whatever task you have- and safely. The delicious lunches are...
By vikki - 7 years ago
The courses are such fun! You learn practical woodworking from a practising woodworker and take away finished project at the end of the course - Richard inspires you and gives you the confidence to complete the work that you want to complete and is quite happy to continue after completion of the course - he's always happy to reply to...
By Robin Wenham - 7 years ago
This course is fantastic and has changed my life! I have been searching for a long time for the 'thing I want to do next', and this is it. Richard and Mark have so much knowledge and patience and are open to your ideas no matter how crazy - "you really want to leave the bark on that chest of...
By Jacqueline Duffield - 7 years ago
I have never had lessons before in the use of a lathe, band saw etc and was very pleased to discover that with the patient guidance of Richard I too could successfully complete a wonderful little table for all to see and admire. I loved using their new sander that had a tilting table as part of it. The course...
By Mary Munro - 7 years ago
I attended the course without prior knowledge or experience of woodwork. I was amazed I learned so much, so quickly. Richard and Mark are true craftsmen and it was a priviledge to be in their company. Their skills, knowledge and expertise was imparted with enthusiasm and their positive encouragement was palpable alowing each individual to attain a high level of...
By Linda Keen - 7 years ago