An excellent course that was well structured with expert instructions, guidance, tips and tutorials in digestible bits presented throughout the day. I arrived not really knowing what to expect but left having had a thoroughly enjoyable day and with an excuse to buy new tools to try my hand at a bit more spoon carving.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Steve, thanks so much for your positive review. Of course the number of carving tools you need is definitely N + 1! I really like supporting small scale tool manufacturers making specialist woodcarving tools and I hope any purchases you make serve you well and become heirlooms to hand down to next generations. Enjoy making shavings!
Very knowledgable and gave us lots us useful information..really helped thoughtout the course with anything you needed. Helped me a lot as my hands hurt more then I had hoped!! Great location and good facilities. Would highly recommend this course.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Louise, thanks so much for the positive review. It was a pleasure to work with you through the day. I do hope your hands have recovered. If you carry on carving you will build more strength in your wrists and hands, especially if you take a ‘little but often approach’. As your technique improves you’ll also find the carving process easier. All very best, David
A really enjoyable day. Thanks to David's excellent instruction and support we were able to produce two beautiful spoons despite being complete novices. We're even inspired to buy some tools and do more ourselves at home. Thank you so much.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Andy and Venessa, I very much enjoyed your company on Saturday- thanks so much for your review. I’m so pleased you’ve been inspired to buy some tools and to carry on carving. I would be very pleased to provide any follow-up support and don’t forget your local green woodworking group- check out my follow-up note.
A wonderful day in a beautiful setting. David and Caroline were friendly and welcoming and the location was lovely. It was a relaxed day but with a good amount of structure with loads of support and help on hand when you needed it. As a complete beginner I had no idea what to expect but there was a clear plan from the start of the day and guidance was given in good bite size chunks throughout the day so that it wasn’t at all daunting.
A fabulous day, I would recommend to anyone and would absolutely go back.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for your review, Eve. I really appreciate that you travelled some distance to attend and I’m pleased you enjoyed the experience. I’ve just sent out the follow-up notes and I hope I’ve sparked an interest in a really immersive and relaxing craft activity.
This was a fantastic course. From our safety briefing through to our final spoons, we were walked step by step through everything in a fun and highly informative manner. All the equipment and the venue were perfect and I have already recommended the course to friends.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Harry, thank you so much for a positive review. Despite the fresh breeze it was great to be able to carve in the fresh air but have the Barn at Hill End to retreat into if the weather became more inclement.
An excellent course and teacher.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for the positive review. I learn so much from my participants, too, so grateful thanks for choosing my course. I hope you continue to make lots of shavings!
What a brilliant day. I had some previous experience of green wood working and David was able to take what I knew and explain the processes for spoon making. We were a group of varied experiences and David and his wife took their time to answer questions and guide us all through the process.
The day went by in a flash and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a Christmas gift voucher from my wife and it was a brilliant gift idea.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Greg, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the day and thanks for giving something to the whole group through your shave horse demonstration! It was great to see you build on the knowledge you already have and I hope you’ll add spoon carving to your other green woodworking activities. All best David
A very enjoyable fun day. David teaches spoon carving skills in an informal but very effective way supported by his lovely wife Caroline. Very pleased with my first spoon carved from green wood and looking forward to going solo on my next one!
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Gill, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the day- a big shout out to the great weather and lovely location too! Please do stay in touch if you have any further follow-up questions or you would like to do some more informal carving with a group. All best David
Thank you David (and Caroline) for a fantastic day of spoon carving fun. The pace of the day and relaxed way of expertly guiding the group through the process was pitched just right, enabling everyone to take home something clearly resembling a spoon!
The course definitely inspired me and I'm already planning my next spoon to put my new found knowledge to the test. The brilliant course notes are a helpful reminder of the information shared on the day.
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Thanks so much for your comments, Nicole. I always learn a lot from course participants as well and hopefully can make the next session better. Good luck with your exploration of the world of green woodworking- keep those tools sharp! David
My son Martin Drew thoroghly enjoyed his day spoon carving
Response from David Knight Woodland Crafts:Hi Sheila, I’m so pleased that Martin enjoyed the course. A good course is helped by having really great students and Martin definitely contributed to the wonderful vibe on Saturday. I hope he keeps on making shavings! David
Carving a wooden spoon starting with axe sounds a pretty terrifying prospect. But David is an excellent teacher to get across both how to keep safe and use an axe to great effect with a sense of precision. Information and instruction is given at the right pace to be absorbed and put into practice. So people with no prior experience can come away from the day with a great sense of achievement with a spoon that they can be proud of. David's wife, Christine, gave help and encouragement throughout the day, making all feel comfortable as new skills were being learnt.
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