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Giles Newman

Contact name: Giles Newman
Total bookings
over 5 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Giles is a self taught artist and woodcarver. He works with naturally fallen timber that he finds in the woods and primarily carves using just an axe and a knife. Taking up woodcarving in 2015 whist managing a small family owned woodland in Snowdonia, Giles eventually gave up his day job as a Designer and Photographer in early 2016 to pursue his passion for carving full time. Based in Lancashire, his highly sort after work sells world wide and he teaches carving skills internationally and throughout the UK.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Art Spoon Carving with Giles Newman
Next date: 8th Jun 2024
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Wooden Pendant Carving with Giles Newman
Next date: 4th May 2024

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
6 Mar 24'

Brenda reviewed: Wooden Pendant Carving with Giles Newman

"What a fabulous day. It was friendly, informative, a beautiful setting and Giles taught in a relaxed informal manner with plenty of questions, chat and laughter - and complete silence at times when we all focused on our carving. I would recommend this workshop 100%, as a complete novice I’ve learnt so much and came away with a knife and determination to take this up as a long-thought-about hobby. Also the hospitality from Giles and his wife was second to none - thank you. "

3 Mar 24'

Martina Jarosova reviewed: Wooden Pendant Carving with Giles Newman

"If you're looking for an unforgettable woodcarving experience look no further. :) I highly recommend this course which I recently had the pleasure of attending. From start to finish, it was an experience filled with laughter, learning, and genuine camaraderie. The course takes place in Giles' cozy studio and thanks to smaller group size, we were able to connect and share our passions for nature and woodcarving. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, making it easy to dive into the creative process with enthusiasm. But it was our teacher who truly made this course unforgettable. Patient, passionate, and endlessly skilled, he guided us through every step of the woodcarving journey. I would not hesitate to book an advanced course when I get the chance. Thank you for the wonderful day! ☀️"

Giles Newman responded:

"Thank you so much for your lovely review Martina. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and to learn of your creative journey, to see your beautiful work and to share in such a truly enjoyable day. I do hope that you continue to carve and that you find a way to pull together all of your skills into your incredible jewellery creations. Thank you again!"

3 Mar 24'

Nicola reviewed: Wooden Pendant Carving with Giles Newman

"My son and I attended the course yesterday and we had a fantastic day. Giles is self-taught and incredibly gifted and it was a pleasure to see his work and receive his guidance. His finished pieces are exquisite with such beautiful detail. The whole day was lovely and relaxed, and we learnt a lot about different wood and carving techniques, safety of using tools, and he showed us his first pieces of wood work from when he began his woodcarving journey. Giles and his wife are lovely people, really encouraging and a lot of fun. We had a great day and hope to visit again soon for an advanced carving course. We purchased our carving knives and have been practicing this morning on some other pieces of wood that we have and I’m really happy with everything we learnt on the day. Thank you so much Giles! "

Giles Newman responded:

"Thank you so much Nicola! It was so lovely to meet you and Mikey and to spend such an enjoyable day with you both. I do hope that you continue to carve and push your skills even further. Thank you again!"

7 Jan 24'

Scott B reviewed: Wooden Pendant Carving with Giles Newman

"This was a great experience and I am so happy that I did this course! It wasn't just a day of learning the nature of the wood, techniques and artistry. I also very much enjoyed the great conversation, music and hospitality. I very much recommend this course to anyone interested in wood carving and/or trying out a new hobby! 5 ⭐"

Giles Newman responded:

"Thank you so much Scott. It was wonderful to meet you and to share in our interests of not only woodcarving but creativity, art, music and nature. Though I know you already have a great many things to occupy your time, I do hope that you make space and time to indulge in the pleasure that woodcarving can give and enjoy the gratification found in each and every slither of wood that you shave away."

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