In 2015 I retired from running a study/retreat centre in the Scottish Borders. This had been a full-time involvement over many years, including working on its 100 acres of woodland. After moving to Edinburgh I still wanted to spend time in green spaces and trees. A friend kindly agreed to let me teach greenwood courses in his woodlands near Broughton.
"A fantastic course run by a very knowledgeable gentleman. Learnt lots of new skills, Peter is very patient and friendly. I would highly recommend anyone to try this course. Also the lunches provided were excellent."
"I had a truly wonderful week. Peter is so knowledgeable and he is a patient and skilled teacher. The venue is beautiful, as are the yurt and workshops that he has built. Starting with ash logs, we learnt new skills and we each went home with a beautiful (and functional!) chair that we are so proud of.
We also made new friends and eat really well too!
Even if you have done no woodwork previously, I would highly recommend this 5 day course."
"What a wonderful week I had taking my woodworking to another dimension by turning a "bit of a tree" into a fantastic chair using traditional hand skills.
Thanks Peter for sharing your skills and expertise with me in a way that encouraged a better understanding of what can be done with green wood and opening up a whole new interest for me.
As well making the chair the social aspects of the course were great, allowing collaborative working and a good ethos.
The set up Peter has is well organised and resourced to allow the chair to be completed in the one week timescale.
The food provided was also excellent.
One week on and at home I have built a shave horse and am gathering tools from ebay and looking to source green ash.
"This is simply a wonderful course. The old quarry at Broughtonknowe wood is an idyllic setting, and Peter has invested so much thought and attention into equipping the site for chair making. Peter is a thoughtful and patient teacher, and had a special capacity to connect with all of us as individuals. The group dynamic was therefore very special, which is important, because you spend a fair amount of time working in pairs at various stages of the making process. Peter also went out of his way to help us complete our chairs on time, so that we all were able to leave on Friday with something that looked really special. I felt I had learned a whole raft of new woodworking skills, which I'm now eager to try out at home. I'm still astounded that it possible to turn a log into piece of strong, elegant furniture in five days -- with essentially just hand tools, and without glue!
Thank you, Peter, for sharing your time and your skills with us."