Reviews for David Knight Woodland Crafts

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Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Bogdan Iovanovici - - #31893

What i can say....really grate course, beautiful location, David it is such a great teacher...highly recommended.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Bogdan, you now hold the record for the furthest anyone has travelled to join one of my classes! I’m so pleased that you felt that the journey was worthwhile and thanks so much for your kind words. Keep those knives sharp and keep making shavings!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Tom Dixon - - #31915

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Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Tom, thanks so much for this positive feedback. It was an absolute pleasure to tutor you and your fellow spoon carvers on Saturday and I’m so pleased we could spend much of the day outdoors. You’ll need a second mortgage for some of Mike’s axe recommendations, but they are beautiful heirloom tools made by very talented makers!

I do hope Santa isn’t grounded by covid and brings you some nice sharp things to play with in the months ahead. Do stay in touch and let me know if you need a supply of green wood- I’m sure we can help! All best David

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Helen McCuaig-Finlay - - #31891

Great course. It was a cold day but I barely even noticed! Engaged from start to finish. Experienced and helpful instructors. Would highly recommended.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Helen, high praise that we managed to get you to forget the winter weather, but we were blessed with some sunshine and blue skies! I’m so pleased you had a good day and I hope that we’ve planted a seed of working green wood that will stay with you. A simple set of tools and bountiful raw materials in the natural world around us! Do stay in touch and let us know how your carving journey proceeds.

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Otto Frohmader - - #31879

Really nice day, well worth the trip up from Brighton.
When you've done the course you will want to carve another spoon, which means you will want spend some extra cash on a couple of tools. So be careful!
However, If you can't get your own tools then David and Mike offer a regular membership where they kindly provide quality tools for you to use.
100% recommend

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Otto, thanks so much for your review. I really appreciate the effort you took to join us from Brighton in the middle of a pandemic. You are right that carving spoons can become addictive, but it beats alcohol or tobacco, right? I wish you well on your spooncarving and green woodwork journey and please do stay in touch.

Family fun carving and whittling - morning

In-person course
Elen Wade-Martins - - #31527

I took my two sons (10 and 13) to this workshop for a half term treat. We were all new to woodworking and wanted to learn some basic safety and techniques. David and Caroline made it relaxed, accessible and fun; we had a lovely morning and are now hooked. We hope to attend more of David's courses in future. Many thanks.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Elen, thanks so much for your review. I’m so glad you and your sons enjoyed the course. It is so helpful to get feedback. I’ll send out some post course materials in a day or two to help keep those knives sharp and with follow-up project ideas. Keep making shavings!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Andrew Braund - - #30841

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Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Andy, I really appreciate this review and your kind words. You remind me that learning to carve a wooden spoon isn’t just about learning a new craft skill but is a route through to a wider green woodworking community which is so friendly, welcoming and happy to share skills, experience and supplies of green wood!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
adrian bird - - #30707

A great Introduction to Spooncarving excellently delivered by David and his lovely assistant 😂. The whole day was relaxed and informative we learned so much and the concentration built as our spoons took shape, I highly recommend it.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Adrian, I really appreciate your comments, as does Mike! If enjoyment is measured by the amount of shaving around your chopping block then you definitely won hands down- congratulations on managing to carve two spoons in the day and being part of such a wonderful group to tutor. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a Saturday!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Ruth Stavris - - #30719

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Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Thanks so much for the review, Ruth, it is much appreciated, and thanks to you and your fellow participants for being such an engaged and enthused group. I do hope the day has sparked your interest in spooncarving and green woodworking- it’s a rabbit hole that’s not easy to escape from!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Hannah Hart-George - - #30692

David was excellent. I had never done anything like this before and he taught in a very clear manner. Whilst I felt I learnt heaps it was never overwhelming. I loved the vibe of the class, crafting around a fire with a pot of hot water constantly on the go. I would definitely recommend it.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Hannah, I really appreciate your feedback. Hill End did us proud as a venue and I loved the dappled shade from the birch trees at our site. Thank you for being so receptive to new ideas in developing your craft skills and I hope you’ve now caught the spooncarving bug and will be whittling away in future months and years!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Philip Hodsdon - - #30690

Great introduction to spoon carving by David, helped by Mike. Both very knowledgeable and helpful. Ended up with spoon which actually looked like a spoon! Learnt a great deal about cuts needed and orientation of the grain etc. Also safe use of tools and sharpening. An enjoyable day in a fantastic location.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Phil it was great to meet a fellow Eynsham resident! Thank you for throwing yourself into the deep end of working green wood. I do hope I can provide continuing support as you develop your interest in spooncarving and green woodworking

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Linda W - - #30701

Excellent course. I had a really enjoyable day in a superb location.

David is an excellent teacher and clearly is very passionate about his craft.
He explained and demonstrated every step in a very easy to understand way and inspired confidence in using the tools needed to carve a spoon.
He also covered safety issues at the beginning of the day and how to look after and sharpen your tools.

I'd definitely recommend this course.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Linda, thanks so much for your feedback, it is really appreciated. Thank you for being part of a such an engaged and involved group of participants. I look forward to watching your skills in wood carving develop and grow.

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Rachel - - #30683

A lovely way to have spend my Saturday, in such a calm, relaxed and naturally beautiful environment. David was very informative and his calm friendly approach gave me to the confidence to use tools and equipment that I'd never used before. I was so absorbed in making my spoon that I lost all sense time! I look forward to making more things out of wood in the future. Thank you David

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Thanks so much Rachel, yes the time did fly didn’t it? Thanks for being such a great group to tutor. I very much hope that you’ll develop your skills further and I’d be honoured to help you make more shavings and spoons!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Angela Edward - - #30679

It was great to learn the whole process from log to spoon. David’s tuition was excellent and I felt safe and confident using the techniques he showed us.
Highly recommend this course.

Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Thanks so much Angela- you were a great group to teach and as always I learned something new from the day too. Hope you’ve found the follow-up notes useful. All best David

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Lucie - - #30561

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Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

Hi Lucie

Thanks so much for the review. The course I taught with you will be unforgettable, not so much for Storm Brendan that hit us, nor feeding the goats in the rain but because you were a great group of students! Keep making shavings!

Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

In-person course
Roger H - - #30458

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Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:

I’m blushing! Thanks so much for the review Roger and it is wonderful to see how you’ve developed yourself as a woodcarver, exploring the properties of different wood species and incorporating that into your designs.