Reviews for Mark Hancock
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
What Mark does not know about wood turning is not worth knowing! An excellent tutor. He went through all aspects of the tools and equipment teaching and demonstrating. Only moved on to the next item once I had understood and practised a procedure. Such patience is rare to find.
The day after I received more notes and advice that had been discussed during the training day. Excellent support. Mark is a true credit to the craft of wood turning. Genius.
Paul Zivtins - - #14560
Can I give 6*? ??
A fabulous day which sadly is going to cost a lot of money because I'm now infected with the "bug"! and now need to buy a lathe!!
Mark was patience personified. He wasn't pushy and is most definitely his own man; owing allegiance to no brand or school of thought. As a result he is pragmatic and phlegmatic. I am saving up for another day's training - so roll on my birthday :-)
This man is a natural teacher and I whole heartedly encourage anyone to attend a taster day.
Sam Davies - - #14404
Brilliant day of wood turning!
From a complete beginner but with an interest in wood generally, I found the course to be really interesting - with something to show for it at the end of the day!
Mark's knowledge, exacting standards and patience I found to be second to none. A genuinely nice guy and a cracking teacher all combined to a thoroughly enjoyable day.
I am seriously considering how and when I could take up as a hobby - and when I do - likely to be back.
Thank you so much!!
James Deutsch - - #14279
My husband and I attended one of Mark’s one day courses recently and both came away with fabulous little bowls! We had to rearrange our original booked course because of the snow and Mark was really accommodating, fitting us in on Good Friday! We were both complete novices, and I was a bit apprehensive about damaging either myself or Mark’s equipment. But Mark was really patient, answering my many questions and talking us through what we would need to set up as hobby ‘turners’. His experience and knowledge is huge, and well demonstrated both in the practical help he gave us and in his advice. The bowls we made in the day surpassed my wildest expectations and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Fabulous, if very long, day. Well worth the money and the trip to Pershore!
Sarah and Chris - - #14321
I have been woodturning for a few years now, all self taught. and my partner gave me a one day course with Mark. I learnt more in one day with Mark than I've learnt in years. Mark is an excellent teacher and the patience of a saint. A day with Mark is a day well spent.
Thank you Mark.
Phill Roberts - - #14269
This was just the best start I could have had in wood turning. Mark is an exceptional teacher, his knowledge of equipment is huge, his expertise in the art of wood turning vast and his dedication to giving you all of the information and help you need is the stuff of legends. I learned so much from this day. Thanks Mark.
Glyn Fisher - - #14264
Brilliant day with Mark.
Cant believe how much I learnt.
I have a background in metal work using lathes , millers, drills etc and thought i could use the same techniques with wood and now realise how different the skills are.
I am still using a belt drive 1950s metal lathe but have adapted it for the change in height and angles works but very slow so may have to invest in wood turning lathe. (bit stubborn though adapt and overcome ha ha)
Mark was so patient and makes a generous amount of coffee.
once again brilliant day with a very knowledgeable and skilled craftsman.
Neil Child - - #14251
I spent a highly enjoyable and informative day with Mark recently, being a complete novice he was very patient with my questions and able to both provide answers and then demonstrate them. The course itself was very comprehensive and I feel that I would be confident making a start on my own. The additional information provided after the course is very useful - in particular the shopping list of recommended products to get started.
Overall very highly recommended and I would not hesitate to return for another days tuition.
Adrian Jones - - #14244
Just completed a day’s tuition with Mark. To say you get value for money is an understatement. We started at 09:30 and finished at 19:30.
I only started turning as a hobby just before Christmas 201. So that Mark could asses what knowledge I had, we covered the basics of the lathe and tools.
I had with me the tools I have been using, so discussed different grinds on each. There is not enough time to cover all the items we discussed on the day which was massive. At the end of the day I came away with lovely bowl, but more importantly a lot of excellent information.
Suffice to say, for anyone wanting to take up woodturning as a hobby or improve their technics, get in touch with Mark and you will not be disappointed with the amount of information you will gain in just a few hours.
I usually never recommend anyone unless they deserve it (which is seldom) but Mark is one of the exceptions I make. I intend to get some practice in, and then arrange for another visit.
David Campbell - - #14112
My wife bought me a days course with Mark which I did this week. Mark is extremely enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about all aspects of wood turning and wood in general. This was my first attempt at wood turning having not used a lathe since my engineering days over 35 yrs ago.
Mark is a true craftsman and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him and gain an insight into this craft. With Marks help and guidance I came away with a lovely bowl and very good advice on what he would recommend should I wish to take woodturning up as a hobby. This is something I will now consider doing more seriously as a result of spending the day with Mark.
I would thoroughly recommend Marks course to anyone considering doing the same or simply just for the experience.
Peveril Walsh - - #13908
I have just had a one-on-one day course with Mark and I couldn't be happier with the whole experience. The day started with the basics of the lathe and tools, progressed through parallel grain turning techniques and finished ended with me turning a bowl from a piece of ash. The knowledge and expertise that Mark passed onto me is invaluable to me, and I thoroughly recommend his courses. Thanks for your patience with me Mark!
Tom Magal - - #13617
What an inspirational teacher Mark is. I did Mark's 1 day wood turning taster course (bought for me by my daughters). This is one of the best experiences I have had, learning from a master craftsman and walking away with a bowl that I can be proud of. Mark's passion for his craft and design aesthetics and safety aspects shine through as he patiently guides you through the equipment and basic turning techniques and imparts that precious knowledge he has to help you through the first tentative steps on what I hope will be a longer journey into the world of wood turning. The whole day was so enjoyable and I thoroughly recommend anyone, beginner or improver to contact Mark and reserve a slot with him - you won't be disappointed.
Mike Foss - - #13441
A brilliant day all round!
I am a complete novice and Mark patiently took me through all aspects of turning . From advice on kit to practical help with techniques. Safety is always a priority.
He is a friendly, very experienced good teacher. The workshop is warm and coffee supplied.
I thoroughly recommend the course.
Bill Bellamy - - #13368
I had a very enjoyable and informative day with Mark. I had some specifics that I needed guidance on and during the day we dealt with those and a few more, including tool selection and sharpening.
As a result I now need to do less sanding as I get a better finish directly from the chisels. A very worthwhile and thorough session with a very skilful, understanding and helpful professional.
I plan another visit.
Anthony Culley - - #13347
Thank you so much for the days tuition Mark, purchased for me a Christmas present. I had great time with you at your workshop. Your patience and encouragement with a complete beginner made for a very relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable experience. I am very proud of the bowl I came away with (even if there was some of your input into it!). I look forward to getting my ancient lathe up and running in the not too distant future. Thanks again and best regards.
David Greer - - #12877