A wonderful day from start to finish. The course leader was extemely knowledgeable and I learned things I wasn't aware of. It was presented in a really interesting way. Course leader was very patient and explained each step in an understandable manner.
The timing of the activities, facilities and atmosphere was brilliant. A totally unique experience that I would love to do again. Magical setting too. I have already recommended this day to friends and family and will be keeping an eye out for future events.
A day to remember :)
Julie Adams - - #2317
This was an excellent course, in a fantastic location, with great tuition from Ben and Wes. I started the course assuming I'd struggle with the woodworking and using unfamiliar tools, but the support and guidance from Ben and Wes, as well as sharing highs and lows with the other students, meant I came out with a beautiful longbow, confidence with woodworking tools, and a whole host of new skills. I'm now completely addicted and am already considering how I'm going to get hold of my own tools.
One area for improvement - we didn't have enough of some key tools for everyone to make progress at some points, specifically working spoke shaves, glass bottles and knifes/files. Also, the traditional shave horses were too small for working longbows, especially for taller guys. We successfully worked round all this, but worth considering for future courses.
Louise Hawson - - #1771
This course was absolutely superb. I cannot think of a single criticism and now have my stool in pride of place in my living room.
David who ran the course was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and all the volunteers throughout the weekend were incredibly friendly and pleasant.
The venue itself was lovely the perfect setting for doing outdoor woodwork.
It would be nice to see additional woodland courses being offered at this centre such as felling and woodland maintenance as well as more types of greenwood working course. It these courses were on offer I would attend in a heart beat. I am already planning to book on another course as soon as time allows.
If you are thinking about booking this course stop thinking and start booking.
David Stocks - - #1683
Getting to practise some excellent skills using high quality traditional tools was really rewarding. The tutors were very experienced and helpful. To have something to take home at the end of the day made it even better
Robert Cundill - - #1356
an enjoyable day and we get to walk away with a three legged rustic stool.5
ralph negrine - - #1335
Really enjoyed the course, extremely informative, just the right level for me, great bunch of people running and helping with the course. A lot to take in - would benefit from a few notes on different tools and sharpening from recovering tool to day to day sharpening
Roger Nowell - - #1301
Very good course! Lots of hands on work using much more than just a pole lathe -axes, Froes, cleaving breaks, different shave horses, draw knives. Experienced and enthusiastic tutor with three assistants so there was always someone on hand for advice and help even with five students on the course. Good effective and efficient demonstrtions of required techniques leaving lots of time for students to put into practice. A lovely team of people - I will be back to attend more courses at this centre.
Dave Clark - - #1267
I loved the day - it helped that we had lovely warm sunshine, but it was so peaceful sitting whittling in the woods! I learnt a huge amount both about how to handle the tools safely and about the properties of the wood, and we were well looked after both in woodworking and in cups of tea. I'm very proud of the spoon and spatula I made. Hope to do more.
Ruth Morgan - - #1257
We had an excellent day! Dave and the volunteers were very engaging and made everyone feel welcome. It was a gentle introduction to the tools allowing us time to test their uses and make progress on our utensils! It is surprisingly difficult to carve a spoon and this course gives you a real appreciation for the time and skill that goes into making a good one. I am certainly keen to practice my new skills at home!
Amy - - #1253