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2 Rivers Tool Training

Contact name: Mark Richardson
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over 1 year
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Maker's bio

My background is all things wood! Since I left school, I have been in the timber industry from working in quality Joinery's and on some building sites. I have taught apprentices in the workplace and more recently in colleges (Eastleigh, Oxford and currently in Weymouth). My main job is a freelance teacher and assessor in the timber industry. Covering all high-level woodwork-based courses. I have started this small training company so that you can learn how to correctly and safely use hand tools, portable power tools and fixed woodworking machinery to a high standard. I can teach you all the basic hand skills; cutting joints, sharpening tools, how to get the best out of your power tools, and safe use of wood working machinery. Our short courses lengths vary from 1, 2 and 5 days long and are based on C&G qualifications, except much more fun with no exams! Some of the courses Offered: 1 day: Hand tools and basic joints and small project 1 day: Hand tools, sharpening further joints and small project 1 day: Portable power tools and safe use (I have lots of tools) 2 days: Wood working with portable power tools 1 day: Safe use of fixed machinery 2 weekends making a rocking horse 1 day: Spindle Moulder The tools I use to teach with are from quality brands including Joseph Marples, Spear and Jackson, Narex, Stanley, Makita and Itech.

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Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
17 Apr 23'

Linda reviewed: Portable power tools and abrasive wheel certificate(1 Day)

"A very good learning day with Mark. Being a DIY upcycling person it's so good to find out what tools are about and what and how I should be using them. I never knew there were so many different types of sanders, and drills. It will make my projects so much easier, and I'm so pleased with your advice and help on my 7 foot plank of roughly sawn wood. Showing me all the tools and giving me the the chance to try them out is definitely going to help me in deciding what I now need to go forward. So nice to meet you and your wife. Thanks again"

2 Rivers Tool Training responded:

"I'm glad you had a good day learning to use my big selection of power tools. Hope to see you again on one of my future courses."

4 Apr 23'

Jo reviewed: Woodwork Hand tools, basic joints and small project (1 day)

"Many thanks for an interesting and exciting day Mark. I started the day with very little experience in woodwork and even less about joints. With Mark's expert guidance and range of quality tools I came away from the day really chuffed with my handywork and a real can do attitude."

2 Rivers Tool Training responded:

"Hi. It was great to meet you and I'm glad you had a good day cutting woodwork joints. I hope you enjoy the use of your new skills in your future woodwork projects. I look forward to teaching you again in the future. "

15 Mar 23'

Alan reviewed: Hand tools sharpening and make a stool (1Day)

"I was bought this course as a ‘special birthday’ present as I am a keen but relatively inexperienced woodworker. Mark’s knowledge and teaching are great and I came away confident and with a skill base that, with lots of practice, will enable me to fulfil my woodworking needs for the next few years."

2 Rivers Tool Training responded:

"It was nice to meet you; I am glad you learned a lot and had a good day. I will be soon be offering some more courses that will probably be of intrest to you. Enjoy all your future woodworking. Kind regards Mark "

8 Jan 23'

Sue Smith reviewed: Woodwork Hand tools, basic joints and small project (1 day)

"As a self taught (YouTube!) DIYer, I realised that it was time to get some professional training before I had an accident! I found Marks course online, and thought it would be reasonably local and just what I needed. On the day, I was a bit nervous in case I wasn’t experienced enough, but I needn’t have worried. Mark was friendly and informative, and no question was unanswered. He let me learn at my own speed and helped when necessary, but left to make a mistake when I needed to, because that’s how we learn! I now feel confident in sharpening my chisels and planes, making some basic joints and he helped me to get confidence with my router. He is a font of knowledge and I will be returning to do another course very soon. Highly recommended. "

2 Rivers Tool Training responded:

"Thankyou for the review I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, we look forward to seeing you soon on another course"

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