Blended Monkey reviews

28 Nov 22'

Richard Kenny reviewed: Intermediate 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"I enjoyed a great day with Simon and Louise last Thursday. I have done a little wood turning since buying my lathe earlier this year, but this showed how little I know about it and how much there is to learn. Simon's tuition is excellent, both in terms of content and technique. I was especially interested in tool sharpening, and this subject was covered very comprehensively, including both the theory and the practice. Many, many thanks, Simon and Louise."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Richard, Thank you so much for a heart-felt review and really glad we could help you improve your turning. Do get in touch if you have any questions or need any help. -- Simon & Louise"

24 Nov 22'

Maya reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery throwing workshop for 1 person

"Brilliant! I learnt absolutely loads and really enjoyed my course. Louise gave a demonstration, and then I got straight in making loads of my own pots, plates and bowls with helpful tips as I went. I really look forward to picking up my finished items soon. Many thanks Louise - I hope to be back again. "

24 Nov 22'

Tracy Drinkwater reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people

"Absolutely loved my pottery course. Learnt so much and Louise was a fantastic teacher. If you have never tried pottery before I definitely recommend Blended Monkey. I'm Looking forward to more courses in the future. Thank you for a great morning "

22 Nov 22'

Daniel & Anne-Maria reviewed: Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people

"I purchased the 1 day pottery experience for my wife's 40th birthday. We had the most amazing time with Louise in her wonderful cosy ceramics studio. My wife has been developing an interest in pottery over the last couple of years with adhoc evening lessons. Being able to spend a full day was an entirely different experience and we were able to cover a range of techniques and produce a bunch of creative end-pieces that we were pretty proud of (even if mine were rather wobbly!). Louise was super friendly and flexible in terms of how structured the day was. Anne-Maria had a personal project she wanted to work on and was given the space to do so, treating the day as part tutorial and part studio time. My favourite part was the potter's wheel - tougher than it looks but super satisfying! A nice farmer's lunch was put on where we met a nice fellow doing the wood turning workshop with Louise's husband (also super friendly). At the end of the day, Louise took our glazing requests and offered to do various touch ups on our pieces that needed to be done once more dry. Really going beyond what we expected from her. We are set to pick up our fully fired work soon and can't wait to see how they turned out! We loved it. A very highly recommended experience. Thank you Louise!"

21 Nov 22'

Gyles Westcott reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"As a complete beginner, this one-day introduction to woodturning was just perfect. Simon is a great teacher - skilled, articulate and patient, with a great instinct for recognising when to step in and offer guidance, and when to step back and let the student learn. He's also great company - my only regret is that the day passed so quickly! I'm thrilled with the pieces I completed on the day, both of which are now in use at home. I now feel confident that I can work on a lathe safely and look forward to booking my next course (probably Simon's half-day sharpening clinic - sharpening his beautiful tools looked almost as much fun as working on the lathe!). Simon is also really generous with his advice, giving practical, sensible advice on tools and equipment, and which items to prioritise when starting out. Louise and Simon were lovely to deal with - friendly and welcoming, but also very professional in the way they run their business. If you're wanting to try something new, or looking for an original gift for someone special, I would thoroughly recommend Blended Monkey."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Gyles, Thank you for such a thoughtful review and for the company on the day. It was a fun day for both of us! If you need any help in the future, please get in touch. -- Simon"

20 Nov 22'

Chris Stevens reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"This course was a lovely surprise for a significant birthday. Was made very welcome by Simon and Louise and their great hospitality. Had never really got the opportunity at school to do much that was practical and creative so was a bit nervous to start with, thinking there was little chance of me creating anything in wood that I'd let another person see. Simon instantly puts you at ease and is patient and an excellent teacher. The day passed quickly, and after a short time of demonstration and practice, you find yourself focusing on the wood, the tools and releasing the object in your mind from what starts as a block of wood. It's like magic and good for the mind and the soul. Very proud of the sycamore bowl I took home. Thank you for a great day, and I hope to try woodturning again."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Chris, So glad you enjoyed the day; you should be very proud of your bowl. Really enjoyed your company - please shout if you need any help in the future. Kind Regards, Simon"

18 Nov 22'

Josie Thompson reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

"My husband and I really enjoyed our wood turning and pottery sessions. Simon and Louise have a lovely relaxed approach to their sessions, allowing you to learn at your own pace and enjoyment. We are both delighted with our achievements and would highly recommend attending either course. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Thank you for your lovely review Josie! It was a delight having you in the pottery studio, and Simon enjoyed having Jeff return for his intermediate woodturning workshop too. You made some beautiful pieces that you should be very proud of :-). I'll let you know as soon as your creations appear from the kiln!"

14 Nov 22'

Andy reviewed: Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

"Had this pottery day for my 60th this year. After being addicted to the great british throw down on the tv, but never having the chance to actually have a go, I was so excited to receive the gift. The actual day surpassed my expectations. Louise was great company and a natural born teacher, very patient and encouraging. I can't wait to see how my creations look after the final touches and to have another go. Thank you Louise. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" It was great having you in the studio Andy, and I hope this was a fitting 60th birthday present :-). You took to all the elements easily and you evidently found throwing on the wheel to be a very natural process. Thanks for the lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your experience :-)."

6 Nov 22'

Ian and Karen reviewed: Beginners 1-day woodturning workshop for 2 people

"Karen and I really enjoyed the beginner 1 day wood turning course. Simon took us through the tools and equipment we would be using and that knowledge was good to know and used during the course of the day. Simon's tuition was excellent, fun and relaxed, we both turned a bowl and a Christmas decoration to take home which we found satisfying and fun to make. A very satisfying and enjoyable day :-)"

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Ian, hi Karen, Thank you so much for a lovely review and so glad you enjoyed your day. Tell all your friends! ;) -- Simon"

1 Nov 22'

David Gratton reviewed: Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Really informative practical hands-on experience"

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi David, Glad you enjoyed the session. Happy turning! -- Simon"

1 Nov 22'

Charlie and Tom reviewed: "2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

"My partner and I had a great time learning the 2 in 1 crafts, the woodturning was especially eye opening, realising how much skill it takes and what a gentle touch you need. The wheel pottery was brilliant, it was great to finally get on a wheel after a few years doing hand building. Louise and Simon are both great teachers, they took the time to explain the crafts well and you can see the passion they have for their individual crafts. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" We're so pleased that you guys enjoyed your 2 Crafts in 1 Day experience! You made some lovely spindle-turned pieces with Simon in the morning and you both created some fab pottery items in the afternoon - well done with the throwing :-). It was lovely to have you in the woodturning and pottery studios and thank you for the great review!"

31 Oct 22'

Ben Grocott reviewed: Half-day 1-2-1 sharpening (woodturning gouges) workshop for 1 person

"I can't recommend Blended Monkey highly enough, Simon's passion, knowledge and calm teaching style made for the most wonderful day and I left with some real skills that will serve me forever. If you are thinking about trying a Blended Monkey course, don’t delay, you’ll have such an amazing time, the facilities are incredible. I will definitely be back. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Ben, Thanks so much for a glowing review! Great to have you in the workshop and look forward to seeing you again. — Simon"

31 Oct 22'

Steve Elwood reviewed: Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Had a great half day honing my technique. Simon was a great teacher with a good “guiding hand”. Would recommend wholeheartedly. Thank you "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Steve, Glad to know the session was helpful. Do get in touch if you need any further help or guidance. — Simon"

30 Oct 22'

Nilu Fraser reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 1 person

"I’ve done a half day course with my son on school holidays and we had an amazing time. Louise accommodated our requirements & requests, was very patient throughout and we learned a lot about pottery. She suggested us to do few creations to cover basics and we also had a go with the pottery wheel which we thoroughly enjoyed. We can’t wait to go back and collect our pottery once they are ready after been in the kiln. Thank you Blended Monkey X "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Thank you for your lovely review :-). It was fun having you guys in the studio and I'm glad Seth found the handbuilding and throwing elements equally enjoyable. You both made some lovely pieces and I'll let you know as soon as they are ready. "

29 Oct 22'

Rachel reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Best anniversary present ever! Simon is a fabulous teacher, explaining the tools and techniques and my husband Chris and I enjoyed every minute of the day. We each made a honey dipper and bowl and these now take pride of place at home, despite intending to gift one. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Rachel (and Chris), Thanks for leaving a review - really appreciated! And so glad you enjoyed the day so much. Do get in touch if you intend to pursue the craft and I'll help in any way I can. -- Simon "

25 Oct 22'

Tina and Stephen reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people

"Trying pottery making has been on my ‘bucket list’ for years! Our half day session was so much fun and Louise didn’t mind you making a mess or any mistakes, good job as I did! We got to choose 3 of our items we made and can’t wait to see the finished glazed items. We had a fab time and would highly recommend Blended Monkey, thanks for the memory Louise and we might be back or even have a go at the wood turning! ❤️"

Blended Monkey responded:

" It was such fun having you guys in the ceramics studio and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your half-day pairs pottery session. You didn't make a mess, you let your creative juices run wild! ;-). Thank you for the lovely review :-)."

25 Oct 22'

Cerise and Jeremy reviewed: Beginners 1-day woodturning workshop for 2 people

"What a great day we had with Louise and Simon as complete woodturning beginners. Simon showed us the different techniques to produce some of the shapes and forms possible on a Lathe. His explanations as to how and why were easy to understand and his enthusiasm for turning was infectious. Under his guidance we both turned a bowl in the afternoon. We left knowing we will be back. Thank you Louise and Simon for making the day so memorable."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Cerise and Jeremy, So glad you had such a fulfilling day - it was great to have you in the workshop and thank you for your kind praise :) We both look forward to seeing you again. -- Simon & Louise"

20 Oct 22'

Mark Johnson reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"This was a fabulous day. Simon is not only an excellent instructor who gave me a very sound foundation in wood turning, but also great company in general. Our conversations throughout the day were as enjoyable as the training itself."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Mark, The feeling was mutual :) Great to hear that you want to visit us again for a ceramics workshop; looking forward to catching up. -- Simon"

18 Oct 22'

John lealand reviewed: Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Could not have had a better Christmas present. The morning wood turning experience with Simon was just great. Now planning to get turning equipment for this Christmas."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi John, Glad the course met your expectations. Any help required with equipment, etc. don’t hesitate to get in touch. — Simon"

18 Oct 22'

Martin Beckley reviewed: Beginners half-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Simon was very helpful and knowledgeable. Let me work at my own pace which was great"

Blended Monkey responded:

" Thanks for the review, Martin. Hope you had a decent journey home! As mentioned, reach out if you need any further assistance. Hope to see you soon in Ely, perhaps at the Guild? -- Simon"

17 Oct 22'

tsw reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"Simon, Many thanks for your patience last week teaching me to improve my woodturning skills. I found the whole day most enjoyable Your measured and informative approach to providing knowledge and demonstrating practical skills were impressive. Thank you, too, for modifying your approach and course content to include chisel sharpening. My wife was most impressed with my sycamore bowl! I wish you every success in your ongoing work."

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi tsw, You're welcome! So glad you enjoyed the day and hope you're now equipped to start making some lovely turned items. As ever, please get in touch if any assistance is required. -- Simon"

16 Oct 22'

Daniel Curtin reviewed: Beginners 1-day 1-2-1 woodturning workshop for 1 person

"A really wonderful course. Highly recommended. Simon was exceptionally skilled at demonstrating technical methods. My love for wood work has been rekindled. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Daniel, So glad you enjoyed the course and really happy that it's rekindled your interest! Please get in touch if you need any further assistance. -- Simon"

16 Oct 22'

Steve Merrell reviewed: Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people

"Wood turning half day. A clean, well organised workshop and structure for the session. I learnt a lot in a short time. Simon has a good approach for the beginner but there is also a lot of knowledge available for the more experienced. His enthusiasm shines through and good to meet a teacher/practitioner still learning; the best kind of teacher.. A lovely location for a weekend break with optional activities. Recommended. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Hi Steve, High praise indeed from a journalist/reviewer! So pleased you had a good experience - it means so much to us. If it tickled your interest, you should return for the full day and make a bowl... :) -- Simon"

9 Oct 22'

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

"We very much enjoyed our day with Simon and Louise. Two very different crafts but we had a chance to get to grips with them both sufficiently to come away feeling that we’d acquired some new skills and would be happy to try either or both crafts again. I would happily recommend this unique course. "

Blended Monkey responded:

" Simon and I are really pleased that you enjoyed your 2 Crafts in 1 Day. It was lovely to meet you both and teach you some basic woodturning and pottery skills. You created some very strong pieces :-). "

9 Oct 22'

Eliot Kingsley reviewed: "2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 2 people

"Brilliant day out learning new skills at both wood turning and pottery. My son and I did a 'two in one' day during which we made a honey dipper in the wood turning class and several clay vessels and dishes in the pottery class under the expert personal tuition of Simon and then Louise. Both sessions were thoroughly enjoyable and it was very satisfying to actually produce something looking quite good at the end! Highly recommended"

Blended Monkey responded:

" It was a delight having you and Ben in our woodturning and pottery studios. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your 2 Crafts in 1 Day experience. It's immersive and creative and you guys both produced some beautiful pieces."

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