I had a lovely day carving my wooden spoon at Hill End. The venue is wonderful and David is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher. He showed us lots of different techniques and tools, and was extremely patient and helpful in guiding us with our creations. The day flew by! I highly recommend this course. Thank you, David!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Adele, thanks so much for the positive review. Your group was a pleasure to teach and it also helped that the sun came out! I do hope you'll continue to wield a sharp knife and axe in the cause of green woodworking and shape more wood into beautiful and functional objects. All best David
An excellent day of learning all about spoon making. Lovely venue and really well presented with distancing measures. Lots of hands on help and guidance and amazing how we turned a log into a spoon. Used a saw horse, variety of hand tools, teaching on tools sharpening, style, uses and what to look for if purchasing tools. Nothing was too much trouble.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Rachel, thanks so much for the positive review. You were an excellent group of students too, attentive and keen to learn- it was a pleasure to spend a day in your company. The sunshine helped also! I do hope you’ll continue to invest in your skills and enjoy the calm, mindfulness and satisfaction that comes from working green wood. Regards, David
Loved this course - green wood carving is my new favourite thing. David was really helpful and knowledgeable. I came away having learnt loads about wood, tools and techniques. And with my own carved spoon. I would definitely recommend this course. The site at Hill End is lovely, and all covid safe. A fab day!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your review. It was a pleasure to teach you and your fellow participants and the sun shone on us as well, which was an added bonus. I hope you’ve found the follow-up notes useful and happy to provide any further guidance on tools or techniques. If you are able to join a green woodworking group via the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers I’m sure that will enhance your enjoyment of working green wood. All best David
Excellent course: the tutor, David, is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. The course was held in beautiful surroundings, in woodland, which made for a wonderful day. As a beginner in wood carving I did not know how I would get on, but David's help and encouragement enabled me to turn a log into a spoon by the end of the day.
His enthusiasm for green wood carving was not only motivating, it also meant that we learned about the history of the craft and the wider possibilities that the course can lead to.
I would definitely recommend this course.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Peter
David was really knowledgeable and his teaching experience, matched with his experience of green woodworking meant that throughout the day we learnt at a good pace. The low numbers of participants meant that we had lots of individual support and coaching. After the course David provided a number of recources via email that will help me build on what I learnt on the day.
This was a great course that my 22 year old son and I really enjoyed - lots of really useful instruction on the basics, from tree to (nearly) completed spoon. David and Mike were extremely helpful and friendly - showing us many useful techniques, but giving us plenty of hands-on experience too. The setting was perfect.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Bill, I’m so glad you and your son enjoyed the day. Despite the weather Mike and I had a great time tutoring you and it was gratifying to see your spoons emerge from a chunk of wood over the course of a day. I hope you feel inspired to continue carving and invest in a toolset to keep making shavings!
A great introduction to green wood carving at a beautiful outdoor venue (with an indoor option and roaring fire to warm up if need be !). The day was friendly and relaxed, but packed full of demonstrations, instruction, advice and tips, history of the craft, inspiration, and of course, lots of hands on practice on a piece of wood we could select ourselves from hazel, apple or birch (amongst others).
The tutors were attentive, friendly, and clearly very skilled and passionate about their craft.
The tools we used were really in fabulous condition, and beautiful in themselves. I was very impressed and am keen to get my own set of tools.
The group was small enough to get plenty of 121 time with the tutors, who clearly have a vast knowledge of working with wood.
This day is a great experience, and great value for money. Highly recommend it!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Sophie
This is a brilliant course. All four of us came away with our own spoons and with big smiles on our faces. David and Mike are the perfect mix of hands-on and hands-off, giving help where needed while always encouraging you to try the techniques and the tools yourself. I highly recommend the course!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for your positive review, Tom. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you over the day and I do hope you’ll be able to continue to carve and continue to smile!
This is a fantastic course! David and Mike are experienced tutors. They are passionate about woodcraft, they are knowledgeable and professional. They paid attention to each student in the class. My boyfriend and I are absolute beginners for woodcraft, we learnt a lot on the day, with the help from the tutors, we both managed to get a spoon done. It was a happy learning experience and a great fun day! The workshop is located at Hill End such a beautiful place in Oxford. Thank you so much, David and Mike! :) All the best!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Lux it was a real pleasure to introduce you and Eccles to the joys of wood carving. I’m so glad you enjoyed the day and I do hope it has triggered a continuing interest in wood crafts. I look forward to seeing you on further courses, perhaps?
I really enjoyed the day. It was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. David and his assistant Mike are both wonderful teachers, passionate about green woodworking and ready to share their knowledge and experience. Their teaching manner is very encouraging and inspiring, helping their students to discover a talent for spoon carving.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for the review, Evgenia. It is really helpful to get positive feedback to keep us motivated for the next course and group of students. Take care, David
This course was a gift from my wife and it was a very enjoyable day. David and Mike are knowledgeable, friendly and are never far away when you need help or advice. The spoon making experience involves a set of skills few of us possess from log splitting to carving with both axe and knives. These skills keep you busy all day and are well demonstrated and explained. There is also a good array of tools to try to suit individual preferences for weights, blade lengths etc. The follow up notes are also excellent for anyone who wants to put the finishing touches to their creation or for those who are inspired to pick up a new hobby. Highly recommended.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for your review, Andrew. It was rather exciting that you didn’t know quite what your birthday present was- I’m so pleased that your wife chose something you enjoyed. I look forward to hearing how your new-found craft skills progress.
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!
I really enjoyed myself on this course, it was everything I had expected and more. David and Mike were great teachers and demonstrators, always on hand to answer a question or to demonstrate a technique or give advice on the evolving spoon design. The day was informal but well run. Safety was a high priority given the sharp tools being used. There was plenty of opportunity to try out a variety of tools to help with deciding what you will want to buy afterwards when you get hooked in to spoon carving
I have asked Santa for a set of spoon knives for Christmas so hopefully I will be able to pursue my new found interest, I just need to listen out for any chain saws so that I can go and get some freshly cut wood to practice on.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I've now been a spoon carver for just over 2 years. It all started when I went on one of David's courses. I had no idea what would be involved. I started with log of field maple and by the end of the day I walked away with a very presentable spoon. David is for starters a really nice, approachable guy. He's a great teacher, makes sure that you know what you're doing, and supports you throughout the day. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed and there is a great sense of achievement in turning a log into a spoon! David runs our local group which meets monthly in a local wood where we all sit around a log fire, carving spoons, chatting, drinking tea and sharing experiences. So in 2 years I've become part of the spoon carving community! I'm sure you'll enjoy the course!
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!
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!