For the last 40 years I have worked in many industries including construction, finance, motorcycles and the third sector. I have always had an interest in woodwork and "discovered" green woodworking about 10 years ago. A number of years ago I realised that I wanted to spend my days in the countryside, using our native tree species to craft beautiful and useful objects. I have always loved chairs and this seemed to me to be a perfect way to spend my time.
"The course was a wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations. Over the week my fellow woodworkers and I transformed a number of ash logs into beautifully crafted chairs in convivial surroundings. I had no prior woodworking skills, save some school woodwork from 50 years previously, and was able to manipulate the tools successfully. My sense of achievement was immense and I now have a lovely chair to admire and sit on. A great way to escape life’s stresses. Thanks Stewart."
"I loved this course. Stewart is an excellent teacher and the pace was just right. It really is tremendously satisfying to produce something which is a thing of beauty from the raw material of an ash log. The design of the chair works very well but with Stewart's encouragement personal choices about style can be incorporated so one produces something which really is unique. As other people have said part of the pleasure of the course is the general ambience - a lovely location, first class sourdough bread (another potential course there I think) and great company from Belle and Fin. It was first class - thanks so much."
"Every review for Stuart's course seems to be glowing and this one's no exception! This was a perfect birthday gift which saw me spend five glorious days in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and resulted in a unique and much treasured piece of furniture. A new family heirloom perhaps.
Stuart and Belle were warm and welcoming, serving freshly made lunches (Stuart's bread is delicious!) and generally being fabulous hosts. Fin the dog was also available every morning for a friendly fuss.
Already clearing the garage for woodworking space... ?"