Giles Newman

Contact name: Giles Newman
Total bookings
over 4 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 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 spoons and pendants sell world wide and he teaches carving skills internationally and throughout the UK.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Spoon carving with Giles Newman
Next date: 18th Feb 2023
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Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman
Next date: 11th Mar 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
15 Jan 23'

Mayu reviewed: Spoon carving with Giles Newman

"I bought this for my partner as a gift but I went along so we can experience it together. I initially chose this purely based on location and I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it but afterwards I feel like I was really lucky in the course I chose. Giles was absolutely lovely and I like that his approach was more arty lead than just making a spoon. He knew I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, so he was really encouraging as well as helpful. I loved the environment and how intimate it was due to the group being small. I am so glad I chose this course out of other ones because for me, the art aspect of it made it fun for me. And my partner loved the technical asps of of it. I’d highly recommend this course. It is worth every penny!! "

Giles Newman responded:

" Thank you so much for your lovely review Mayu. It was wonderful to meet you both yesterday and I’m so glad that you both found your own connections with the art of woodcarving. I hope that you try your hand at relief carving as we discussed and that the techniques we shared can contribute. Thank you again."

12 Nov 22'

Amanda Lewis reviewed: Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman

"What an incredible day. I have no experience of wood carving and left the course with a beautiful hand carved leaf and armed with all the techniques I need to enjoy carving again. Giles is more than an incredibly talented carver - he is also an excellent teacher and a kind, wise soul. If you're even thinking about booking this course, do it -cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you Giles for a fantastic day that I will remember for a very long time."

Giles Newman responded:

" It was so lovely to meet you and to journey with you through your start in woodcarving. I cannot thank you enough for your kind review and I look forward to seeing where you go with the rest of your carving journey. Thank you Amanda."

29 Aug 22'

Pete Bioletti reviewed: Spoon carving with Giles Newman

"Apart from thoroughly enjoying the course I have come away with so many valuable techniques to practice. Giles not only introduces you to extremely useful techniques but also explains his methodology in context of his whole approach to the creative process. This has opened a whole new way of approaching the process and has given me a lot more confidence in my ability to be creative and let my imagination "run" Having seen his work up close I now have an appreciation of his tremendous talent and brilliant creativity which ranges across a number of disciplines including photography, drawing and wood carving. He is very passionate yet realistic about the art and emphasised a number of times that his methods and techniques are what work for him and there is no overall "right way" which has to be adhered to. This is such a refreshing and realistic approach and frees you up to concentrate on the creative process once, with his methods as a base, you can go onto developed your own style and technique. His method of using the carving tools is not only very safe but also energy efficient which reduces fatigue which, we all know, can lead to cuts!! I would not hesitate to recommend taking the chance to work with Giles. Alongside his beautiful carvings, his tremendous enthusiasm is inspirational. Many thanks again Giles and Kate for your hospitality and the use of your light and very comfortable workshop. "

20 May 22'

Miranda Cowan reviewed: Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman

"Giles is a natural and provides a warm, welcoming and supportive learning environment. There was a genuine open approach to sharing of experience. I will be definitely be joining Giles again as feel he is a great mentor in supporting my own process in whittling / carving."

Giles Newman responded:

" Thank you so much Miranda. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and Melanie and to share knowledge and experience in woodcarving and so much else. I very much look forward to seeing you again in the near future."

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