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 :-).
I have done some woodturning for several years but am self-taught and never had 1-2-1 instruction, consequently my technique leaves a lot to be desired! I saw this 1-day course, a birthday present from my wife, as an ideal opportunity to do something about this.
From the moment I arrived Simon and Louise made me most welcome and the whole day was delightful. Simon is an inspirational teacher and as well as helping me to improve my basic skills he suggested lots of ideas for extending the range of projects I could consider in the future. I also learnt a great deal about the way Simon has organised his workshop and enjoyed chatting about many different aspects of this fascinating craft. Louise provided frequent cups of tea and a lovely lunch which greatly added to the enjoyment of the day.
I can thoroughly recommend spending a day with Simon whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced.
Response from Blended Monkey:Chris,
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,
The day was a Christmas present from my wife. I had done some woodturning at school, some 45 years ago, but remembered none of it. The workshop Simon has is lovely and the set up great. Simon is a really good teacher, explains things very clearly and patiently and lets you try things for yourself. I found the day flew by and the turning was very therapeutic. I came away with 2 really pleasing bits of work, and the bug. I will definitely do more woodturning.
As I said above, the workshop was really nice. It is well kept and safety is obviously a high priority for Simon. He provided all the gear you needed and had excellent ventilation systems.
There is nothing I could fault by the day. Louise provided a lovely lunch to round off a perfect day. I thoroughly recommend this course.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Tony,
A brilliant day out! Super friendly unbelievably enthusiastic and positive with fantastic knowledge! Would recommend it to anyone.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Pat,
This was a birthday present , delayed by Covid. Everything about the course was excellent. The communications before hand, the environment and work shop, the lunch but especially the hands on side of it and the pieces I made. I have inherited a lathe and tools and was keen to start learning how to use them. Incredibly practical and useful as well as relaxing and the time flew by.
I know you can do a day split between pottery and woodturning, as a fun day i think that would be really good fun too.
I can't wait to get turning myself
The whole thing beats anything you could get from a book or youtube hands down
Simon was a great teacher and gave the right balance of help and being left to get on with it.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi Oliver,
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.
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 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 :-).
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,
We received a crafts voucher for Christmas from our children back in 2019 and eventually managed to book a date. We decided on the 2 crafts in 1 day with Blended Monkeys as it seemed like a good idea to get an introduction to 2 different crafts and perhaps to continue with one of them. It definitely turned out to be a good choice as we both had an amazing day, came away with a piece of woodwork at the end of the day and are waiting with bated breath for our pottery pieces!!! Louise and Simon were very welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We felt relaxed with no unnecessary pressure.
Response from Blended Monkey:Hi guys,
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!
The days 1 to 1 woodturning course was a Xmas present from my wife and although delayed due to Covid was well worth the wait as it was fantastic. Simon is very knowledgeable and had plenty if patience with a complete novice! The workshop facilities, machinery and tools etc were great and gave a very good taster for this craft.
Plenty of coffee and very nice lunch was provided, thank you Louise.
I came away with two pieces of work which my wife thinks I must have purchased, not so, I made them all be with a little help (a lot of help!)
The post course notes and equipment advice schedule were emailed over to me that evening and are compressive and full of photos and links, will prove very helpful if I take it further.
I could not recommend this course enough, it was a five hour round trip and I would be more than happy to do again - great day, thank you Simon and Louise.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed the woodturning experience. Simon, the tutor, gave a really good introduction to both the tools and the wood we would use. His balance of demonstrating what we would do and letting the student loose was ideal. In the morning I made a honey spoon and in the afternoon alovely bowl. A thoroughly enjoyable day with an interesting tutor and ample refreshments, including a tasty lunch in the kitchen. I might well be booking another session in the near future. Thanks for the experience!
Response from Blended Monkey:We're really pleased you enjoyed your woodturning experience!
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,