A very enjoyable day full of interest with the opportunity to handle a variety of tools. Instruction was well paced and constructive.
Harry Wilson - - #19397
What a fabulous day! Thanks Dave.
The course on Saturday was very enjoyable, informative and well run. It has certainly rekindled my interest in working with wood and I'd highly recommend Dave's course.
I also learned how to sharpen tools which has been very useful. My axe has never ben so sharp!
...a really nice bunch of other students to
Marcus Murphy - - #19379
This is an excellent course. Very informative, relaxed and enjoyable...and you get a spoon out of it at the end!
It is testament to how much everyone was enjoying themselves when I noticed, on a couple of occasions, that there was complete silence as everyone was so engrossed with their carving and in a world of their own.
I will definitely be keeping up spoon carving and would like to say a big thankyou to Dave for such a great day.
Steve - - #19346
I had such a good day.
The venue was perfect. Plenty of space, comfortable, inspiring!
Dave is a great teacher, very experienced and patient with deep knowledge of the craft which he gives freely and with enthusiasm. I explained my teaching style which he responded to perfectly, always the sign of a great teacher. He involved everyone in every stage and tailored the content accordingly.
We started off with introductions (a bit like spooners anonymous!) and went into safety and axe and knife grips and how to use them on a piece of practise wood. Then we went straight into making a butter spreader and onto a spoon in the afternoon.
The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, ample tea and coffee breaks and the most divine flapjack I have tasted.
Dave followed up with a comprehensive email with links and information covering all the points discussed the day before.
Well worth the price and you will learn skills that will last you a lifetime.
Lucy Chivers - - #19320
I learned so much at the one day Learn to Carve Spoons course with Dave. I had carved about half a dozen spoons before the course, but really needed some proper instruction. Dave quickly got us all using an axe to shape out a butter spreader, which we then finished off using several knife techniques that he showed us. We then used the skills we had learned to make a spoon. At all times Dave kept us working safely, but we were able to work on our spreader or spoon at our own pace. Lots of lovely tea breaks kept us refreshed! I learned so much during the day in the yurt, and Dave's info-packed follow up email was much appreciated too. Thank you Dave, I hope to carry on improving and maybe see you at an improvers class one day!
Katy Greene - - #18621
This was a first class course delivered by Dave Crockett, who has a relaxed teaching manner. The course syllabus covered all aspects of basic spoon carving, together with the appropriate safety and axe and tool techniques. The course make-up had various experience levels, but Dave was able to offer advice for all to follow precisely. He was very aware of the pace and timings, insisting on breaks were necessary. This course has furnished me with the appropriate information and skills for me to confidently produce a good level of carving. Many thanks Dave.
George Paton - - #18545
I spent a wonderful Saturday learning how to carve a spoon out of a log with Dave and the other people on this course. Dave has a genuine passion for the craft and his insight and detailed instruction is ideal for anyone starting out in green woodworking. The course has provided me with a positive introduction to the craft and I'm itching to make my next spoon!
Robert John Lester - - #18132
Dave really knows his stuff and ran a really relaxed, funny and insightful course. It was a really pleasant day spent with a great group of people, if you want to learm about spoon making, this is the perfect course.
Ben - - #18120
Dave’s calm, gently humorous approach created a friendly atmosphere and made sure everyone felt at home.
The course was filled with information from the safe use of sharp tools to how to read the grain of your log. Dave is clearly very knowledgable spoon carving and all other aspects of green woodworking.
At the end of the day I came away with 2 spoons and a great deal of knowledge to propel me forward in my spoon carving adventure.
Ted Waldron - - #18074
The beginners spoon carving course with Dave was excellent. Skills were built up in a very logical way, with the opportunity to learn and practice a good variety of axe and knife carving techniques. Dave always provided more and less complicated options depending on students level of experience, and explained all learning points thoroughly. The day was great fun as well as educational, took place in a lovely setting and the home made flapjacks were an excellent bonus addition!
Kate Jennings - - #17434
Dear Dave, sorry I'm so late with this review - it just slipped my mind. I really enjoyed the day which was very well planned and presented. Just enough to be challenging without being overwhelming. I certainly learned a lot and would like to come to another of your classes sometime. I have sanded down the spoon and butter-spreader and they really look quite aesthetic. (I filled the hole in the spoon with Araldite which looks a bit odd but works!)
christopher hallpike - - #17352
Covered a huge amount on the course but the pace never seemed too fast or to slow. Quite an achievement given we had a mix of students some of which had no woodworking experience at all and others who been professional cabinet makers!
Left me feeling confident I could (on my own) start on some spoon carving projects with a good chance of producing an acceptable product success without losing any fingers 😊
Ross Friend - - #17082
I've long looked forward to my spoon carving course with Dave Cockcroft, and it was a brilliant, informative and fun day, despite the cold and (mostly) wet weather. Dave's regular infusions with hot tea and coffee and with his homemade flapjacks, as well as the pleasant company of the other learners, made for a really enjoyable day. I had done a little spoon carving before, but Dave taught me new techniques and tool uses. I came away realising how much I still need to learn, but at the same time rearing to get on with carving so as to improve my spoons, even though it is doubtful that I ever get the quality of the spoons he made and showed us as examples.
Top day, top teacher, top value for money!
Ecky Prolingheuer - - #17075
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Dave Cockcroft at the Woodyard near Tetbury.
I learned some great skills, all of which I’ll hopefully apply and improve on as my interest in wood carving continues.
The venue was as expected for this kind of course, the welcome was warm, and the day well structured.
I felt at ease with Dave, as he has a wonderful teaching style, that allows you a free reign , but at the same time watches over you in case you slip up, or doing something that might ruin your work.
Overall, I had a great day, and would totally recommend this course, if like me you’re a beginner, or even a seasoned manipulator of wood....there’s something for all.
Steve Bradford - - #17029
Great guidance managed to produce a reasonable spoon and no injuries! Amazed at the fine detail possible with an axe and hard to stop trying to improve the effect even when we were really finished. A fantastic introduction to spoon carving, or to hand carving in general. Great guidance on tools and their maintenance too.
Graham Urquhart - - #16074
My wife and I attended on the 26th of May at Tetbury, lovely location and peaceful. Very relaxed and enjoyable teaching from Dave. Even as a complete novice, there was something for everyone. Group size is ideal which gives very personal attention. Lots of tea and homemade goodies.
i'm sure we'll find excuse to return.
p.s apologies for the late review
adrian stew - - #15300
Coming from Australia I wasn’t sure what to expect or what wood we might use but I Had a fantastic day with Dave. His knowledge is second to none and even though I have made spoons several times before I learnt some new tips and tricks. Dave’s course was worth every penny and I would highly recommend it.
Rachel Clarke - - #15159
Dave provided clear and easy to follow advice along with simple demonstrations. When required he helped on a one to one basis. The group was inevitably of mixed experience and he handled the different abilities easily. Additionally he created a lovely mood within the group and the location was simply beautiful. He gave clear safety instructions and he followed up the course with further help and advice by email. I would reccomend his course to everyone.
John Brough - - #14731
I can only echo the other reviews. It was an excellent day. I'll never look at another spoon in the same way again.
Annie Page - - #14303
Would thoroughly recommend this course as Dave is an excellent teacher: he breaks the skills down, teaching one element at a time ... and then almost immediately encourages you have a go ... We all practised completely new skills to create a butter knife first, so that by the afternoon we were already more confident and competent to have a go at a crafting a spoon.
All credit to Dave that everyone in the group ended up with not one but 2 items to take home.
We have since had a very useful follow-up email with extra information.
Liz - - #13936