Very informative. I learned a great deal about the basics of woodworking, discovered the soothing process of planing wood and successfully made a chopping board.
Even at this early stage in my woodworking journey the level of accuracy seemed impossible but with only a day of John's guidance on the tools fractions of millimeter workmanship was being repeatable achieved.
A superb course taught by John who is a excellent teacher and obviously extremely experienced. He made learning the basics of woodworking really fun and enjoyable. I learnt loads and feel so much more confident with the plane, saw and chisel. The supply of delicious cakes and biscuits also helped to keep energy levels up for the entire two days.
The course was very interesting and informative. Lots of useful information and advice on how to achieve a high standard of perfection and finish on our project. A very fine workshop with top of the range tools and equipment . John shared his knowledge with all of us and encouraged everyone . As a carpenter/joiner who wanted to learn more about fine cabinet making this course ticked all the boxes for me
The course was excellent, first rate hands on teaching, well organised with a great project to make (table) which led to much learning about joints. Cake for tea time also much appreciated
Fantastic course for already-able wood workers, to make a lovely table, learn some new skills and enjoy fantastic lemon drizzle cake. Really felt I learnt lots.
It was a very enjoyable and satisfying week. There was some useful reminders of things I had forgotten as well as some new techniques and skills. John is a talented teacher and always on hand to provide advice.
Perfect combination of hand plane, chisel, and dovetail saw skill building. Exactly what I was looking for.
Great course! Excellent intro to the basics required. Good pace for covering so many skills.
Well paced instruction, clear and understandable demonstrations and bags of time to practice. I never felt rushed. I liked John’s instructional style and gained a great deal of confidence from accomplishing to tasks and projects. The workshop and equipment were well thought out. I’m often a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in some people’s workshops but John seemed to have just the right amount of kit which was in excellent condition. And I am left with a clear idea of the minimum amount of stuff I need. I really appreciated the ability to use the workshop in my own time before and after the instruction. I felt trusted and that I was treated as an adult. I liked the way we focussed on the important skills and didn’t spend unnecessary time on less productive things. I was really chuffed with the results...the box and board. And i feel really pleased with the skills involved in producing them. John gave us five full days! No skimping! I will and have recommended the course.
The course is well designed with the beginner in mind. I thought I knew how to use a plane and chisel, How wrong can you be? .John was very clear with his teaching and instructions and always ready to answer questions and help with both minor or major problems. Would highly recommend this course.
Having not done anything like this before, I feel I learnt a great deal. From the first morning until the final hour new skills and techniques were being shown and valuable knowledge passed on. I enjoyed John's thorough teaching approach and feel he probably covered more detail than anyone else could possibly fit into one week - things like; steel types, different kinds of oil, sharpening angles, blade steepness etc. All valuable info that I'd not really given much thought to previously. The workshop itself was a great place to be for the necessarily long days we spent there. Light and airy with plenty of good quality tools (and cake) to try. I also enjoyed looking around the other workshops a great deal. Seeing what everyone was up to was quite inspiring.
New skills, comprehensive instructions, absolutely would recommend.
Worked systematically through the topics with ample time to develop practical skills
The relaxed setting, makes the whole course more enjoyable. John always has time for questions no matter what.
The workshop is well laid out with plenty of room around each bench and in the central area. John is always available to ask advice from and has a range of tools that can be used whilst you are on the course, which allows you to gain experience in using a new tool if you have not used that type of tool before.
I liked the structure of the course taking you through the steps when restoring with the practical hands-on practical work. Learning from someone as experienced as John was great.