Giles Newman reviews

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."

16 May 22'

Melanie Louise reviewed: Spoon carving with Giles Newman

"This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Pendant Carving workshop with Giles Newman, he is a master craftsperson in fine art wood carving! I have affectionately named my pendant carving the Grubby Moth! After 6 hours of carving I came away with a lovely oak pendant that I'm very proud of (it's slightly grubby from being handled by my sweaty hands for so long 😆). There was a lot of "white knuckle" carving with a super sharp knife going on! This workshop really tested my patience and determination. I usually work in a much freer, faster and more colourful way. It's worth challenging yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes, and this workshop helped me do that. It was an amazing experience to be in Giles' beautiful studio, which is purpose built in his garden. The carving process requires you to work slowly and steadily in a mindful, meditative way to carefully, and calmly carve your creation. There's no scope for rushing this process, I had to rein in my slap dash tendencies, which is a good thing! I carved a small moth, and came away with some useful life, and craft skills as well as my little pendant. I highly recommend Giles' workshops. It's a real privilege to work with an artist who has absolutely mastered, and created new dimensions within his craft form. His wood carving really is out of this world!! He is also a very knowledgeable, humble, wise, sensitive guy with a gentle and encouraging teaching style. Check out his work if you need anymore encouragement to attend one of his courses. It really is amazing, and all carved with one very small, very sharp knife and a massive amounts of love, skill and patience."

Giles Newman responded:

" Wow! I cannot thank you enough for this lovely, very kind and thoughtful review Melanie. It was a real pleasure to meet both you and Miranda and to share my carving techniques with you. I do hope that you will both continue to carve and that it will in some way find a place in your lives along with the other crafts that you do and that you teach. My thanks and best wishes to you both."

24 Mar 22'

Denise Brown reviewed: Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman

"A very enjoyable course carving oak leaf pendants under the encouraging and watchful gaze of master woodsmith Giles. A lovely, cosy workshop with welcoming hosts and copious tea…couldn’t ask for more really! Best of all, was the chance to see some of Giles’s amazing work close up - truly inspiring. It was such a relaxing and creative day, I came away with the confidence to start carving another pendant at home. I would highly recommend this course."

20 Mar 22'

Beth reviewed: Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman

"Loved every moment! Giles and his wife are very welcoming and he is a great teacher, very willing to share his techniques and experience. I will hopefully book another course this time maybe spoon making."

Giles Newman responded:

" Thank you so much Beth. It was lovely to meet you and I hope that you continue to find peace and pleasure in your carving journey."

2 Feb 19'

Terence sullivan reviewed: Wooden pendant carving with Giles Newman

"Just come back from a course with Giles and I must say it was absolutely fantastic. Giles and his lovely wife make you welcome and at ease from the start. The way Giles engages with you and how he explains the methods he uses are easy to follow. Never having done any wood carving before it was great having someone to encourage you and also taking the time to show you how to solve small mistakes was refreshing. Thank you so much."

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