Assynt Woodcraft

Contact name: derek williamson
Total bookings
8 months
with CraftCourses

Courses, kits & gifts

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Mastering Pen Making.
Next date: 23rd Mar 2023
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Pen Making Course (1/2 day)
Next date: 23rd Mar 2023
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Woodturning Tool Sharpening Masterclass
Next date: 23rd Mar 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
23 Feb 23'

Gareth Jeremy reviewed: Pen Making Course (1/2 day)

"I booked this course on behalf of my grandmother who is 93 years old. Derek was extremely friendly, welcoming, helpful and knowledgable. The course lasts for three hours in which time we had plenty of time to watch Derek make a beautiful pen and to make one too. We had some difficulties with the pen assembly and Derek jumped in to sort it out and we left very happy. I would advise people to wrap up warm as it is a bit chilly in the workshop, especially when the dust extractor is on, and to take a bottle of water. We had time to stop for a coffee half way through the course but would have been happier if we'd had something to drink throughout the session. I think the course is great. Overall I couldn't have hoped for anything more - thank you Derek - fully recommended for absolutely anybody. May well be back to turn some bowls."

Assynt Woodcraft responded:

" Thank you Gareth. Yea and coffee on tap is a great idea, and I’ll take steps to make sure that’s available. Plus biscuits!! Glad Jenny enjoyed her time with me."

22 Feb 23'

Penny reviewed: Mastering Pen Making.

"Excellent day, great and patient tuition, convivial atmosphere, delighted with the result. There is a lovely little cafe as part of the same craft village. The course takes place in a converted stable and a full apron is provided but nonetheless I would suggest reasonably warm and comfortable clothes that you’re not too precious about. Tea and coffee are provided. Two people were taught on the day I was there and I would suggest many more at once would make it a bit crowded around the lathes. These are just little tips but my overriding rating is absolutely 5/5. I would do it again and will doubtless go back for additional courses. "

Assynt Woodcraft responded:

" Thank you for your kind words Penny. Glad you and Kay enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again! Derek"

15 Dec 22'

Katie Stevens reviewed: Mastering Pen Making.

"Amazing day. Loved every minute of it. Excellent teaching and support. Very patient. Easy instruction and advice. So knowledgeable. Would highly recommend. Thank you Derek for the lovely day, I learnt a lot."

Assynt Woodcraft responded:

" Thank you Katie. I’m glad you enjoyed your day. Look forward to seeing you again, "

16 Nov 22'

Martin Gray reviewed: Mastering Pen Making.

"What a fantastic day! Derek, and his assistant Beth, were so welcoming and friendly. Felt relaxed and at home. Derek is such an understanding tutor, and has the patience of a saint; he is always on hand to make sure that you do all the work yourself but will jump in and make sure you don't make any major mistakes that would ruin your work.. I found the whole day a relaxing and enjoyable experience, and I came away having made 2 beautiful pens that are unique and can be used every day. I can hold them and look at them and say 'I made this'. I will be going back for more, and will be doing the bowl turning day next. Cannot recommend this course, and the people that run it, highly enough. Worth every penny and more! Thank you so much Derek (& Beth). First class experience!!"

Assynt Woodcraft responded:

" Thank you for your kind words Martin. I am delighted you enjoyed the day, and very well done on the two ‘Made by Martin’ pens! "

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