Reviews for Dave Cockcroft
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
I attended a day course on spoon carving and spent an enjoyable day with Dave at the yurt in Brookthorpe. He's an excellent teacher: patient and encouraging and the balance between tuition and demonstration was just right. The atmosphere of quiet, purposeful activity that he promotes was welcomed by all of us, I think, on a restful, yet productive day. Highly recommended.
Andrew Judge - - #13906
What an excellent teacher - a really interesting and enjoyable day - and a new, immense respect for quality wood carving! (I'm also really pleased with my 'rustic' butter knife!!)
Pippa - - #13871
I spent 2 days with Dave on this course, and I've found a new passion for carving. I was a total beginner at the start of day 1, but under his expert and patient tuition I managed to carve both a spoon and a butter spreader. At the start of day 2, we had a discussion on what I felt were my areas for development, and he focussed on those for that day. This resulted in me taking home much improved versions the second day. I would recommend this course to anyone starting out in carving, and if you can do 2 consecutive days then do it. Plus the flapjacks are as good as everyone says. Amazing course, great teacher, memories for life, thanks Dave.
Colin Ackerley - - #13658
A wonderful day in an idyllic setting! No two bodgers carve spoons in exactly the same way, and Dave has a relaxed, informative and natural way of teaching. He manages to combine total novices, and those with more experience in a single group and ensures that all receive detailed tuition and real insights on how to improve. Where better to receive such expert tuition than a warm yurt, with tea and flapjack, in an apple orchard. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in spoon carving.
Stephen Davies - - #13399
This was a refresher course for me as I have carved a couple of spoons but not for a while.
Lovely location and venue, Dave has really great relaxed teaching techniques.
The course is run at a steady pace so everything one can keep up.
All the tool handling and cuts are very well explained and lots of one to one help if you're have a problem with a certain area.
I fully recommend this spoon course and would love to attend all over again.
Steve Maund - - #13250
I loved this course and came away with my first spoon and some very clearly taught skills to continue. Highly recommended and a delightful way to spend a day.
Loulou Brouard - - #13018
A thoroughly enjoyable and educational day. Dave delivered a first class course with excellent and well explained briefings and demonstrations covering knife and axe safety, axe and knife holds and cuts, sharpening plus much more all in a single day, without it ever feeling rushed. We were all able to produce a spreader and kitchen spoon from beautiful green wood despite any previous knowledge. The setting was amazing for such a course and we were kept well fed and watered with tea, coffee and some wonderful flapjack. Thoroughly recommended
Chris Douglas - - #12487
Really useful and informative course from Dave, I learnt so much in such a short time, excellent knowledge of the subject. Although I have done a very small amount of carving previously, Dave helped me so much with technique, position, knife grips and how to actually enjoy the process, really was a fantastic day. Second only to Dave's excellent teaching was the superb flapjack, I can now confess in having had at least five pieces, sorry Dave its just too good, ; )) Many thanks again for a very informative course, can't recommend Dave and his knowledge highly enough!
John Poulson - - #11947
A really enjoyable day. Dave is an excellent teacher - thorough and encouraging, he went through how to use the axe and knife safely. We were not rushed at all but at the end of the day all had a spreader and spoon (in various stages of completion) to take home. I would strongly recommend this course.
Dave Cripps - - #11827