David Knight Woodland Crafts reviews

28 Jun 24'

Marie reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Thank you so much David and Caroline for an informative and enjoyable day. I came with trepidation but my daughter and I enjoyed ourselves. You were both very helpful and made sure I left with something that did look like a spoon! A lovely couple, great company and an informative day's course. Thank you."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Marie, thanks so much for your positive feedback. It was such a pleasure to tutor your group. I always come away from a course enthused to improve my own practice and to learn what would work better for the next group."

27 Jun 24'

Tess reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"My mum and I had a fantastic day with David and Caroline! Not only did they create a warm, welcoming space where there was no wrong questions but their enthusiasm and passion for green woodworking was infectious! Would definitely recommend this experience to any one looking to learn a new skill and just have a fun day out. Thank you for your patience David and Caroline, we have shown our spoons to just about anyone who will listen!!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Tess, what an enjoyable day it was to follow your initial steps into the world of green woodworking and spoon carving. I do hope that the day may inspire you to pick up a carving knife again and carve your second spoon. If you do, please do send me a photo. All best wishes. David"

25 Jun 24'

Jon reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I had a great time on this course, spending a lovely sunny day carving a spoon at Hill End. It was quite hard work but David and Caroline were very helpful and supportive teaching us different techniques for design and carving."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Jon, thanks so much for your review. It's always such a pleasure to introduce people to green woodworking if they've never experienced it before and be reminded what it's like to hold a carving axe and knife for the first time. I applaud your commitment to give it a go and hope you may be tempted to carry on making spoons!"

23 Jun 24'

Calista reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"This course was really fun and informative! My partner and I learned so much and we each came away with an actual spoon made out of plum wood. We can’t wait for the spoons to dry out so we can sand and finish them. Big thanks to David and Caroline!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for your kind review, Calista. It’s always such fun to work with folk who are enthused and interested to learn! And you beat me to it-I’ll send out the post-course notes tomorrow morning. I do hope you keep carving! All very best David"

15 Apr 24'

Amaryllis reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"A great day carving a spoon. David gave very clear instructions and helpful advice all day while we carved our spoons. So exciting seeing them take form.😉"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for attending the course, Amaryllis, braving the road closures around Oxford and for your positive review! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the process of seeing a functional spoon emerging from a branch of green wood. Every time you cleave a piece of wood you are the first to be able to consider the opportunities within. I hope you'll never look at a branch blown from a tree in a storm in the same way again. I'll send details of our Bodgers groups and I hope you'll continue your carving journey."

14 Apr 24'

Oli reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I bought the course as a gift for myself and my mother at Christmas. The experience, location and teaching were spot on. Dave and Caroline made the whole day so much fun, so much so that I can't wait to make another spoon. Met a great bunch of people and walked away with a new hobby. Couldn't recommend more highly. Oli "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Oli and Lanne, thanks so much for booking on the course. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you all in creating a unique object from a piece of wood. I do hope the follow-up notes are helpful and you both enjoy your spoon carving journey."

14 Apr 24'

Darren Male reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"David was a great tutor with helpful assistant Caroline. Very happy with my spoon. Lovely venue."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much Darren! I hope you’ve caught the Spooncarving bug and you’ll enjoy carving spoons for many years to come!"

18 Feb 24'

Lucy reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"One of the most enjoyable and best organised courses I've been on. I was a complete woodcraft novice but David gave the perfect mix of help with basic techniques and expert advice - and the safety briefings gave me reassurance in using axes and knives for the first time. The ambiance was fun and relaxed, and creating something from wood from scratch was a very tactile and satisfying experience! Highly recommended."

31 Oct 23'

Mike Eriksson reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I recently attended this course, and I can't recommend it highly enough. There was clear and concise information and guidance all through the day. You were taken through all the stages of making your spoon without ever feeling either overwhelmed with information or rushed. All the tools and materials you needed were there and you could try different knives and methods to find what worked for you. David (and his wife) was extremely generous with their knowledge and time. I came away with something that definitely is a spoon - anyone who can guide me towards that goal knows what they're doing!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Mike, thanks so much for your positive comments. It was a great pleasure to host you and Hannah and I hope you'll continue making useful and beautiful wooden objects- and its an opportunity to invest in some good Swedish steel! All best. David"

18 Sep 23'

Simon Spencer reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I had a very enjoyable day learning how to create a spoon from a piece of hazel wood. David and Caroline were lovely, had plenty of knowledge and skills to share and were always on hand to demonstrate new techniques and solve problems. I feel like I’ve learned something new, and spending time at beautiful Hill End was a very relaxing way to spend a day. Thanks!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Simon, thanks so much for the positive comments. It is always a joy to work with such an enthusiastic group who are willing to get stuck in. I hope your sister thinks your second ever spoon is an improvement on your first and that she’ll be even more impressed with the third, fourth, fifth...."

17 Sep 23'

Jack reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"A really fun and informative day. Clear passion and enthusiasm for the subject from both David and Caroline and excellent one-to-one tuition that demonstrated complete expertise in wet woodwork. I finished the day with a new set of skills and something very close to a spoon! Thank you so much, I had a great time. "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Jack, Thanks so much for the review. I’m glad you had a good day and that the rain held off until the end! It is a privilege to be able to share my knowledge on spooncarving and green woodworking with folk and especially so when the group is so receptive and engaged. All best wishes for your woodcarving journey of discovery in shape, form, function, tools and materials!"

29 May 23'

Ian Sherwood reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Had a really excellent day with David Knight and his wife . Great tutors , lovely place in oxfordshire. This course has given me the skills to start spoon carving . "

5 May 23'

Sara reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I was lucky enough to attend this wonderful course with my friend as her guest. I had never thought to learn how to carve spoons by hand out of a log, but can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. David was a great tutor along with Caroline who was incredibly helpful. I am delighted with my spoon and have learnt a new skill. I would recommend anyone to have a go!"

4 May 23'

Philip Chapman reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I had a great day on the course. Lovely setting, I learnt a lot and David & Caroline were really generous with their help and knowledge. It was a really relaxing day, I would certainly recommend it. "

30 Apr 23'

Jon C reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Fantastic teacher who was really knowledgeable. Great at helping with your designs and techniques. David made the whole day a fun experience."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Jon, thanks so much for your contribution too. I learned a lot from you sharing your knowledge and experience in crafting. "

30 Apr 23'

Marion reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I really enjoyed this course even though I was apprehensive at first when David said we would be using an axe! This was a journey from a piece of green wood which we reduced to a spoon like shape using the axe and the shave horse . We then used different hand tools to carve out the spoon. David & Caroline explained and demonstrated everything in detail and were very calm and patient. Lovely friendly group. I am amazed at what i made having had no prior experience. HillEnd is a great space. I would really recommend this course."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Marion, thanks so much for your review. It was a real pleasure to teach your group and to feel a real buzz in the room, even when there was a quiet focus on carving! I learned a lot from you all as well, a guaranteed sign of a good day!"

30 Apr 23'

Annemie Cotton reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"This course is amazing ! We started off with cutting up a log and really went home with a handmade spoon ! David and Caroline are both brilliant, friendly and knowledgeable tutors. They made us all feel so welcome. The day had a fun and good structure. I would recommend this course to everybody who likes to work with their hands and loves to learn a new skill for life. Great venue , green and peaceful! Thank you again, David and Caroline for a memorable day!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for your kind words, Annemie. It was a great day, helped by the sun shining and a really good group of students, willing to have a go. I do hope you’ll sharpen your knife and do more carving in the future!"

3 Dec 22'

Abigail Dodds reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I booked this course as a gift. The recipient really enjoyed it and found David to be very supportive and helpful when the techniques used were a bit trickier than it looked! Although the spoon didn't get quite finished on the day the tools required are easily purchased and spoon making is definitely going to be a new hobby that continues."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Abi, thanks so much for the review and I’m pleased that your recipient enjoyed the day. It’s always a challenge to match learning techniques with completing the spoon. I think the journey into the craft is key, especially if it inspires a greater exploration of spooncarving and green woodworking. "

30 Nov 22'

John Fishburn reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"As a complete beginner to such things I found it a great experience and thoroughly engaging day with excellent tuition, support and plenty of supporting materials to follow up on."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for your review, John and your good idea about the way I could use the follow-up materials. May the grain be with you!"

28 Nov 22'

Chris reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"A good day with excellent teaching, support, equipment and follow up materials."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for your review, Chris. I do hope you continue carving!"

11 Oct 22'

Charles reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"A wonderful day, with very friendly and useful instruction and encouragement from David and Caroline. A comprehensive set of tools was provided and practical safety instruction given. Highly recommended!"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much for your kind words, Charles. Your experience sharpening a pencil with a pen knife was a transferrable skill! I do hope you continue too make shavings. David"

9 Oct 22'

Dave reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Thanks David & Caroline for the great day at the lovely Hill End. Really helpful tuition & support, with theory and hands-on practice balanced just right."

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks Dave. I hope the colours and figure really pop when you oil your spalted birch spoon"

9 Oct 22'

Angela Cohen reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Loved the course. David was very knowledgeable and Caroline was very supportive and encouraging. "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much Angela. I do hope the day inspired you to buy a carving knife and continue whittling"

9 Oct 22'

Linda Willis reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"Thank you so much David and Caroline for a fantastic day. You explained, demonstrated and taught the principles of spoon carving superbly. I came away armed with the knowledge to choose some wood, prepare it, carve it and finish it beautifully to create a unique spoon. I’m now looking forward to starting the search for the perfect log for my next piece. Thanks again for a wonderful, totally new experience, which was thoroughly enjoyable. "

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Hi Linda, thanks for being such an enthusiastic participant, and thanks weather gods for allowing the sun to shine! Good luck with that lumber search!"

9 Oct 22'

Katarina Bjurstedt reviewed: Introduction to spooncarving at Hill End

"I had a lovely day at Hill End and enjoyed the course enormously. It's a great venue where you can work indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. David is very knowledgeable, and a great teacher. His enthusiasm is infectious! There was a good balance between activity, teaching and demonstrations during the day. I would definitely join one of David's courses again"

David Knight Woodland Crafts responded:

"Thanks so much Katarina. I look forward to seeing your finished items! "

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