Reviews for Mark Hancock
Not having done much wood turning for a few years I thought I would do a refresher course and Mark introduced me to many new tools and techniques that I can now turn with much more confidence. A most enjoyable experience and Mark took endless trouble and we certainly had a very full day of tuition. He also provided comprehensive notes and links to suppliers. The only problem is that now I think I will have to buy a new lathe!
Raymond Sancroft-Baker - - #16385
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day woodturning! Mark was such a fantastic teacher, extremely patient with me! The day was a birthday gift from my wife. I had not done anything remotely similar since my days in woodwork class at school 30 years ago and Mark made me feel very welcome and at ease. Mark would explain, demonstrate then watch or be nearby whilst I 'turned'. I can see why he is internationally renowned and respected as an expert woodturner/teacher. I came away with a lovely bowl which takes pride of place in our home, love it!
Andy - - #16357
So in a moment of madness late last year, I purchased a wood lathe on eBay! I then had to decide what on earth to do with it! Having recently joined a local and well renowned Woodturning Club, I spoke to several long standing members who all agreed I should book a day's tuition with Mark. I have just had a most enjoyable day with Mark and cannot praise him enough. Although I had spent a short time on my lathe I would still class myself as a beginner. Mark quickly ascertained what level I was at in the woodturning world by viewing my own tools and a few pieces of work I brought along with me, this enabled Mark to suggest what areas needed the most concentration - quite a lot I should add. Mark is not only a brilliant and professional woodturner, he is also a fantastic tutor and is extremely patient - fortunately for me. Mark dispels with jargon but does explain all aspects of the craft calmly, logically and at a suitable pace, that I suspect is tailored for each individual depending on their level of proficiency. If you are thinking of a woodturning day's course then I can highly recommend Mark.
Keith Manvell - - #16297
I am a keen woodworker at home and some friends kindly gifted me a one day course with Mark for my 50th birthday.
I had no real preconceptions going in to this, but I have to say that I had a really brilliant day with Mark and felt that I learnt enough to enable me to pursue woodturning on my father in law’s lathe with a fair degree of enthusiasm.
Mark is a patient tutor who explained things clearly and in a manner that made it easy to understand and put the techniques in to practice. His skills and knowledge of his craft and the wood itself were evident throughout the day.
The day spent with Mark has enjoyable and has given me the drive to take woodturning up as a hobbyist. Following the course Mark emailed me a a large amount of information about the tools that I will need, where these can be purchased and details on some local woodturning clubs.
The course was really worthwhile and good value.
Justin Miller - - #16214
I had been on a long search to find a wood turning tutor that ticked all the boxes. After two years of making enquiries and speaking to various other professionals I realised that I had to find a tutor that would give me detailed explanations, be patient and give me quality time. Being a designer I have a good eye for detail and design but I needed to learn how to start and where to finish.
So I came across Marks name and Googled him, I read about him and I was impressed, so I called Mark straight away. We had a lengthy chat, he explained what he covers and agreed that a one to one tuition was most beneficial for me and I signed up, even thought it was a 2.5 hour drive.
Mark definitely ticked all the boxes, we covered so much in a day, I learned a lot and took home a fantastic bowl which is what I wanted to make. He is knowledgeable, patient, thorough, calm, enthusiastic, and has a sense of humour. The day exceeded my expectations and I would recommend him without any hesitation. Thank you Mark for a great day,
Laura Stylianou - - #16190
Being a flat worker (As Mark called me) I thought it time to learn the art of wood turning.
Mark was a great tutor who has a wealth of knowledge and experience not to mention a great eye for design. I did two days learning numerous techniques which i'll take forward into the world of sculpture.
Mark was really patient, could see I was a little nervous and by the end of the tuition I felt really comfortable at the lathe.
I'll be back for more tuition without a doubt.
Keep up the good work!!
Oliver Piepereit - OP Woodcraft - - #15831
Book two days with Mark, what a wonderful experience I had. Mark was very patience knowledgable teacher no doubt very talented man my confidence grew and grew as the time went bye.
I would definitely be recommending Mark to anyone interested in all aspects of woodturning. I’ve taking away so many tips and tricks wonderful two days.
Money will spend.
Don sangster - - #15827
My husband booked this course as a gift to me for our 5th wedding anniversary (it’s wood so hence the off the wall gift). Both of us were complete novices (I had to google what wood turning was before the actual day!). However I had the most wonderful day. Mark tailored the day completely to our level. He is obviously a very skilled wood turner however he was able to break down the components of the tasks very clearly so that even my husband and I could understand what to do!! We left with two brilliant bowls which we have been showing off to anyone who will look at them. I throughly recommend this course to everyone and I hope to have another go at woodturning in the near future!!
Rosanna Blight - - #15754
Mark is clearly very passionate and knowledgable about woodturning and manages to pass this onto his students in a very relaxed and informal way. As an absolute beginner, Mark provided me with a comprehensive introduction explaining in detail all aspects of woodturning and answering all my questions with ease.
I would thoroughly recommend a course with Mark for anyone considering starting woodturning.
Jeff Holtom - - #15694
I had an excellent days tuition from Mark. He is easygoing and encouraging. Due to the days tuition, I have decided to go ahead with taking up the hobby. Mark has sent me lots of valuable information on getting started and also on wood turning clubs in the Midlands. If you are thinking about taking up wood turning I think Mark is best placed for starting you off.
Bob Douglas - - #15626
A very full day of teaching with lots of hands on time covering everything one needs to get started.
I came away inspired to get on and do more and can highly recommend Mark as a tutor. The day was followed up by a comprehensive list of where and what to look for to get started.
Judy Luthman - - #15603
I did this course yesterday - fantastic! Mark is clearly an expert, and a great teacher. He doesn't believe in 'rules' but in guidance, and he provides plenty of that. His artistic flair and his feel for wood comes through, and he is endlessly patient in explaining the basics of woodturning. He provides notes, and follows up with a very comprehensive email to help get started - it was definitely a good idea to hold off from buying kit until after the day with Mark as he offers loads of useful guidance on this. His philosophy of owning a few key tools struck a chord with me, and I'll definitely follow his advice rather than that of the salesman when I get to the buying stage. I can't believe there is a better introduction to woodturning - a really worthwhile and enjoyable day, and astonishing value for what was over 10hrs of his professional time. Highly recommended!
Mark Newbold - - #15601
Many thanks to Mark for a fantastic day's tuition. Mark's patience and enthusiasm for woodturning make him a perfect teacher. Plenty of tea and coffee throughout the day and Mark's teaching abilities are second to none.
Mark takes his time to ensure that you are fully comfortable with the course material, rather than rushing through to meet a pre-determined finish time. At the end of the day I was able to take home my very first bowl, plenty of reference material and a fervent desire to carry on turning as a hobby. Since the course, Mark has been more than happy to answer any questions I have regarding technique and equipment. He clearly has a passion for helping others to learn and this shows in his tuition.
Graeme Reeves - - #15504
As I have reached that time in my life when it is time for retirement and also having started woodturning again after many years.
It was a pleasure to have Mark guiding me in the right direction and correcting points in my techniques. I have already started using some of these new ways of turning and it has also made it more enjoyable, even down to holding the tools in my left hand.
mark is easy to talk to and is enthusiastic in passing his knowledge on to others, he is relaxed when working with you. Well worth taking the course. The complete day went very fast with plenty of cups of coffee thrown in during the day.
I would recommend taking a course with Mark to anyone who wants to improve themselves or even getting started, and it is well worth the five star rating.
Mark has sent through information for various aspects of woodturning and supplied a comprehensive set of notes.
Must thank Mark for the day and will be looking to take part in another course in the future, possibly on shapes with cut outs etc.
Many Thanks Mark
Barrie Fisher - - #15467
As a self taught woodturner that was born of a desire to spend "useful" time in retirement, it was with great trepidation that I accepted the gift voucher from my wife to see a "real" woodturner in action and be shown how to do things properly
I need not have worried. Mark's relaxed and supportive tutoring style reinforced my good turning traits and gentle corrected my horrors.
The day rushed past and armed with probably the finest turned bowl of my short turning career the day concluded all too soon.
I can't sing Mark's praises too highly. He unlocked the mysteries of tool sharpening, of sand paper free finishing and gave me a confidence to go home, practice, and turn some finely engraved fluting and beading on my bowls.
Whether you are a starter or an old hand, Mark's teaching will enhance your skill and almost certainly put a smile on your face.
Steven Churchill - - #15262
I was bought one of Mark’s day courses for my birthday and what a day! Mark guided me along to produce both a bowl and a honey dibber. I say guided as Mark used his vast experience to allow me to use the lathe whilst he showed me the best way to use the tools. His style is informal but very effective, I learnt a lot about the appreciation required of the wood before you start cutting.
I was thoroughly engrossed during the day and along with copious mugs of coffee the time flew by. The lathe work was fun and one day I will get my own. Before that though I will be looking to gain more knowledge from Mark in how to wield the tools properly and better understand the nature of wood.
I would highly recommend anyone thinking of wood turning to book onto one of Mark’s courses to sip at his cup of knowledge!
Martin Wood - - #15231
Many thanks to Mark for a great day. I had no experience as a wood turner, but had done a little joinery with a view to furniture making. Mark tailored the day to compliment this and gave me techniques and loads of advice on setting up that will help me in the future. I could not have asked for more from him; he's friendly, patient, very knowledgeable, accommodating and an excellent turner. I enjoyed finding out about his work also, which he was more than happy to show me.
Many thanks again Mark for a great day and I hope to be back to learn some more soon.
David Ingram - - #14875
A wonderful birthday gift. As an absolute beginner to woodworking, it was a very informative course. Mark is a great teacher and really helped me with the techniques and imparted his vast knowledge of woodturning. I cannot recommend this course enough. Whether you are just starting out or already have some experience, this is truly a great course.
Aidan - - #14874
There is a reason why Mark has so many 5 star reviews. From the start of the day at 9:30am until we finished somewhere around 7:30pm Mark provided a relaxed and extremely informative session. As a complete novice to wood turning I was apprehensive at first, but Mark is a great teacher, and patience personified. By the end of the day I came away not only with a bowl I can be very proud of but also some new skills, a set of very comprehensive notes and the joy of having spent the day with a man that knows his craft inside out and is happy to share that knowledge and passion.
The day after the course Mark set a full list of equipment that I would need to progress the hobby further, not affiliated to any one supplier, just based on his experience of what works best, along with links to local clubs. Which is great because after a day with Mark I can safely say I am hooked!
Brilliant day, brilliant teacher. Thank you.
Andrew Trigg - - #14824
I will repeat much of what other reviews have already said, Mark provides a great atmosphere for learning, questioning, practising and drinking tea. A relaxed approach where no question is considered too silly or left unanswered. Having inherited some turning equipment that I took with me, Mark helped me to understand how to use what I had as well as showing me how my turning will be so much easier and better with some small improvements, and perhaps one or two larger investments as well, the most important thing being that I have some options for pursuing this hobby at a pace suitable for me.
A long day that passed very quickly, worth every penny, and Mark's follow up of internet links for resources arrived early the following morning. Fabulous service, thank you.
Simon D - - #14600