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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

A very enjoyable day full of interest with the opportunity to handle a variety of tools. Instruction was well paced and constructive.
Highly recommended.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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!

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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!

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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!)

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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 😊

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

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.

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Learn to carve wooden spoons, beginners and improvers

I can only echo the other reviews. It was an excellent day. I'll never look at another spoon in the same way again.

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