Reviews for Blended Monkey

« More about this course organiser

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Sarah McQuillan - - #33539

Unbelievably happy with this craft day. Simon and Louise are so welcoming and knowledgeable. Really fantastic teachers
I learned new things and left with some lovely crafts I can feel proud of.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thank you for the lovely review Sarah. It was great to have you and Becca in the studios :-).

Really pleased you enjoyed your crafty experience - you both made some lovely pieces that you can definitely be proud of. Your ceramics pieces are drying nicely & I'll let you know when they've been glazed.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Chris Peters - - #33417

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

Chris,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments.
You were a model student - made one of the best beads I've seen! I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future and catching up when you next visit the Ely Crafts market.

All the best,

Simon

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Steven keen - - #33400

The course is a wonderful introduction into a new skill. Simon has a very relaxed style of teaching that puts you at ease straight away. His enthusiasm and passion to help you achieve a wonderful bowl is second to none. I must also thank Louise for a wonderful farm house lunch. I am definitely looking forward to another session with Simon

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you again soon when you can show off your new skills - because you will have practiced day and night? 😉😁
Seriously, you were a joy to teach and a lovely host and we look forward to your next visit.

Kind Regards,

Simon & Louise

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Tony Goldsmith - - #33316

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Tony,

Thanks for a great review :)

I hope the course inspired you to take up the craft and, if you need any more help, please get in touch.

If you get fed up with the Tesla, I'll happily take it off your hands.... :)

All the best,

Simon

Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

In-person course
patrick grant - - #33293

A brilliant day out! Super friendly unbelievably enthusiastic and positive with fantastic knowledge! Would recommend it to anyone.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Pat,

So pleased you enjoyed your half-day ceramics workshop :-). You did really well at the wheel! I'll let you know when your pieces are ready and I've remembered to put your "makers mark" in all of them too ;-).

Thanks again for the great review!

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
oliver stovin - - #33197

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Oliver,

Thank you for such a lovely review - you were a pleasure to meet, teach and converse with!
I'm glad the day worked out well and you should be proud of your creations. I hope you persevere with the craft and, if you need any help, please do get in touch.

-- Simon

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Phillip Leverett - - #33171

A day to savour. Simon introduced me to lathe and tools and we quickly began to get hands on, looking at techniques and learning do's and dont's. A lovely lunch broke up the session and I was very happy with the honey dipper and the bowl which I had produced by the end of the day.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Phil, we're so pleased you enjoyed your 1-2-1 woodturning experience. It was a pleasure to have you in the workshop, and don't hesitate to contact us if you need more info when you're setting up your own workshop.

The figuring in and the shape of your bowl is lovely, and thank you for the photo you sent to us showing how you're putting it to good use :-).

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Julian - - #33116

Fantastic time with Simon who is a great tutor. Really please with the bowl I made. I never felt rushed and he took time to make sure I produced something to be proud of. Lunch was really good and complimented the feel good day. Just what I needed. Wishing Simon and Louise all the best.

The follow up notes and photos of the day were a great reminder to share with friends and family.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Julian,

We're really pleased you enjoyed your 1-2-1 woodturning workshop with us here at Blended Monkey. You made a fabulous bowl!
Hopefully the notes will be useful if you decide to take up the craft.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help with equipment, setting up etc..

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Pamela Curran - - #33105

We really enjoyed the day (2 crafts in 1 day) and had a lot of fun with wood turning in the morning followed by pottery in the afternoon. Simon and Louise were knowledgable and talented hosts who provided a relaxing creative atmosphere. Their teaching style was excellent and allowed us both to develop our new-found skills into creating some freestyle pieces.
Thank you very much for a very enjoyable day

Response from Blended Monkey:

Guys, thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure having you in the studios. We're also pleased that you found the experience to be relaxing and creative. After teaching the basics, we do try to give our students the space to add their own personalities to their work whilst ensuring we're always ready to step in when you need us. Again, thanks for the lovely review :-).

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Louise Wardle - - #33078

I attended a two day pottery class with a friend... without doubt the mostly relaxing activity i have ever participated in, I left feeling completely relaxed.
Louise pitched the class perfectly, a great mix of activity and pace; leaving us time to really enjoy getting to grips with the clay.
I am seriously thinking of attending a class on a frequent basis... i honestly feel the activity helped eliminate stress (you can't play with clay and read emails! :).

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Louise,

So glad you enjoyed your 2-day pottery workshop :-). It was great having you and Charlotte in the studio and I'm soooo pleased you found it relaxing.
You both made some really beautiful pieces - and your big coil pot has caught the eye of other students too!

Anything these days to get us off our mobile phones and get our brains focused on creativity is a good thing :-).

Looking forward to you returning to do your glazing.

"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

In-person course
Daria Panas-O'Brien - - #32958

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi guys,

We're so pleased you enjoyed your woodturning and pottery workshops.
You both made some lovely woodturned pieces, and we're sure your ceramic items will look fab when they emerge from the kiln too :-). Lovely to meet you both :-).

Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people

In-person course
Sita - - #32937

Really was a fabulous day. We learnt a new skill and made new friends! We will definitely visit again and can't recommend Blended Monkey enough! Can't thank Louise enough for welcoming us and giving us an unforgettable day.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Sita, thank you for your lovely review!

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and Daniel, and we look forward to you guys returning some time :-).
Excited to see how your pots will look after firing, and I've made sure that your gorgeous tall slab vase hasn't fallen over during the drying process ;-).

Again, thank you for the fab review!

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Terry Singleton - - #32932

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thanks for a lovely review, Terry, and I'm glad you got home safe and sound. If you'd like to "purchase" more turned objects, don't hesitate to contact us again 😉😂. Any questions/advice, please drop me a line - only too pleased to help.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Stephen Leat - - #32876

What a brilliant introduction to wood turning!! Simon and Louise at Blended Monkey made the whole experience, from the booking stage to the course day, extremely easy.
Simon's enthusiasm for turning is infectious and his guidance, patience and knowledge added a different level to the day.
Plenty of refreshments 'on tap' and lunch was great.

I would recommend this course, without hesitation, to anyone who is interested in the art of wood turning.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thanks, Stephen. Great praise from a teacher! So glad you enjoyed the day and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help once the workshop is sorted.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 2 people

In-person course
David & Luke Nickerson - - #32842

What a wonderful days wood turning we both enjoyed, a really great experience with an excellent tutor. A great introduction into spindle and bowl turning, we have both taken so much from it. Simon knows his craft and has a lovely way of teaching it, so much was covered in a 1 day course. Regular refreshments were provided and a lovely lunch in the garden was also enjoyed, they even managed to order the sunshine for the day.
A big thank you to Simon & Louise, we will be back.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi David/Luke,
So glad you enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards,

Simon & Louise

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Stuart Jarrold - - #32822

The beginners wood turning course by the Blended monkey was great. I booked the one to one course and I had never done woodturning before at all and Simon was an excellent teacher.
Simon was patient and clear demonstrating the various techniques.
I had a really enjoyable day and it surpassed my expectations and I am keen to now put into practice what I was taught.
I would highly recommend this course.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Stuart, thanks for a great review. You were a pleasure to teach - nothing beats an enthusiastic student! Do get in touch if you need any help and advice in the future.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Chris - - #32814

A fantastic introduction to wood turning with the fab Blended Monkey team!

Simon obviously has a deep supply of wood turning knowledge, he pairs it well with a patient and enthusiastic teaching manner.

Both Simon and Louise were lovely, conversation flowing freely throughout the day. Great lunch, loads of coffee!

Even managed to come home with a couple of turned pieces.

Would highly recommend.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thanks, Chris - glad you enjoyed your day. You were a very able and enthusiastic student and a pleasure to teach. We hope you continue with the craft and look forward to see you again.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Sam - - #32754

An excellent day of woodturning. A chance to try something new with patient tuition and guidance. An excellent experience, great lunch and lovely people. Highly recommend.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thanks for a lovely review, Sam. Glad you had a fun experience; you were a joy to teach. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you take the plunge and need some help.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Richard MARSH - - #32674

Read more

Response from Blended Monkey:

We're really pleased you enjoyed your woodturning experience!
You made some fabulous pieces, and you had the added boon of the bowl wood being beautiful too :-).
Happy to have you back any time. We hope you continue with your woodturning journey and don't hesitate to contact us if you need any help in the future.

Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

In-person course
Sid Clotworthy - - #32649

My wife got me this course as a Christmas present I had a fantastic day. Simon was an excellent teacher full of useful knowledge and guidance which he happly passed on. Produced two beautiful pices of work of which I am very proud. Beautiful surroundings, nice workshop I would happily recommend this course to anyone.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Sid,

We're really happy you enjoyed your woodturning workshop on your birthday - shame we had to eat your cake though ;-).
You made a beautiful bowl (great quilting) and we hope you go on to make more lovely things in your retirement :-).

We're always here if you need any advice in the future. The notes I mentioned will follow on shortly.