A gift that was purchased for me by my wife. Spent two exhausting days but brilliant and informative with Mark. He left no stone unturned (apologies for the pun).
Absolutely fantastic time, very educational and comprehensive coverage from process, tools, equipment, wood and last but certainly not least safety. All covered off with Mark's.
Great teacher, went through everything from start to finish and keep a keen eye on what you did. Made great tea and coffee and we had some great conversation.
Great course, would thoroughly recommend.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you for your kind words.
I had a one on one day tuition with mark and it was worth its weight in gold. Mark is an excellent teacher with tremendous patients and his way of explaining turning methods are so practical and easy to understand that it made the day truly enjoyable and very beneficial. I feel that the days teaching coupled with the very in-depth notes will benefit me for years to come as i progress on my turning journey. Thanks Mark
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you for taking the time to write and post a review on the Craft Course web site. I really appreciate it and the comments you made.
Spent an exhausting but brilliant day with Mark earlier this summer. He managed to cram so much in - unlocking the magic of this hobby, but always with an eye to the importance of safety. And all done with great humour and enthusiasm.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Nick. Receiving such feedback is the real incentive for what I do.
Not a complete beginner but it was a 40 year gap since I last turned.
Mark gave excellent communications beforehand even through Covid, deferring the course for a few months with no problem.
Mark was very friendly, obviously highly talented and a very capable teacher, very patient even with my million questions.
I emerged with a very respectable fruit bowl of which I did a large percentage of the work under his watchful eye.
Highly recommended and he has given me a large amount of helpful blurb and has offered his knowledge on whatever I need him for in the future, thank you.
An excellent day, hard work and enjoyable, 5 stars.
Response from Mark Hancock:Hi Ross
I recently had a 1-1 tuition day with Mark through a bursary. Having not had tuition for a few years it was good to recap some basics! Mark was very accomodating and flexible to my needs experimenting with thinly turned green flowers. It is clear how knowledgable Mark is and I went home with lots of notes of tips and tools to try. Mark is also very happy to offer help and support beyond the day - it's a very relaxed environment and I'm sure I'll be back for another day!
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Matt for your comments. It'll be interesting to see how the flowers have developed.
Spent a day with Mark. Should have made it 2 days. Will be returning!
I learned sufficiently to give me the confidence to get working on wood from my garden and to achieve acceptably good results. Mark made it look easy and engendered the belief that it would be easy for me too.
Mark provided a good balance of skill, safety and enthusiasm.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Jeremy. Hope you are making good use of that bowl gouge.
Great course. Went through everything a beginner could want, but clearly moved with your needs and skills. Mark was patient and supportive throughout the whole two days. Not just on how to achieve the skills, but had a thorough knowledge of kit, tools, equipment that you may want to set yourself up. Definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in wood turning - whatever your level
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Jim for your feedback. Enjoy your new hobby.
Being a complete novice with no background in wood turning and certainly no equipment or tools getting the right training was always the top of my priorities. My two days with Mark was easily the best value for money, not just in terms of wood turning but also in buying the right kit for the right money and wasting nothing. As I start to put my workshop together based on Mark’s advice and guidance I am sure I have saved more than the cost of his training by not buying some of the things I had on my wish list.
Mark’s approach to training on a one to one basis goes way beyond instruction, he coaches his students on all aspects of wood turning with instant feedback and advice as you work at the lathe. He patiently provided expert guidance in response to my many questions.
At the end of the course I felt confident to safely handle my tools at the lathe, I am now raring to get on with loads of practice on the lathe.
The training was easily the best thing I have done for quite a while and I can see me returning for further training as my skills develop.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Tony. I really appreciate your taking the time to write the review and the comments you've made.
The two day course covered everything I hoped.
My main objective was to learn how to sharpen tools and pick up on skills I thought I would remember from school 25 years ago. Mark diligently took me through my existing tools and we made a wish list of what I needed and can lust after. He managed my tangents and questions well and made excellent tea, I will be returning for more lessons. Mark shares his knowledge freely and makes it fun. I could not recommend highly enough and can not get the words unsupported edge out of my mind 8 weeks later!
Thank you Mark.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you James for your feedback.
Spent the day with Mark which was very informative and enjoyable.
Mark knows his craft and is happy to explain things again if it doesn't sink in the 1st time. He makes it look so easy.
Need to practice now!
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Rob
I recently attended Mark's 2 day complete basics course. Mark is a talented wood turner who is clearly passionate about passing on his vast knowledge, and equally passionate about quashing inaccurate information and myths readily available on the net. The course is well structured and crams everything a beginner like me needs to be confident in going it alone once finishing the course. Even after the course Mark is on hand to answer questions whatever they may be about. I would highly recommend this course to anybody looking to get into woodturning.
Response from Mark Hancock:Thank you Lee. Hope you are enjoying your new lathe. Mark
Just undertaken Mark's excellent course on the basics of wood turning. As a complete novice if was great to get sound advice on the tools you need (and don't need!) and to benefit from his wealth of experience on the techniques and safe working practices for turning. All delivered in a comprehensive, but understandable manner with a good dose of humour thrown in. Two full days so definitely value for money and a great experience. Thanks Mark!
As a beginner to wood turning I found the day full interactive, covering everything I wanted - from tool maintenance, Parallel and cross grain turning. Mark was extremely patient and knowledgeable and tailored the course to my needs. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending one of Mark’s courses.
I attended this 2 day course which was excellent. I was new to woodturning and so it was good that the course was so complete - ranging from health and safety, which tools to buy (or in some cases make), how to look after them and how to use them. All this supported by a thorough set of notes. Mark is a nice guy and very patient. He explains both the practice and, where necessary, the theory to provide a strong introduction to wood turning with lots of hands on practice. And what you learn is based very much on his years of experience and definite expertise. I'd highly recommend this to novices like me - and if you haven't bought the tools yet, wait to hear what he says.
Mark is exceptional! Extremely knowledgeable, assesses ability to pitch the day at the right level, and communicates clearly and with good humour. The day was full of useful theory with the notes to support it, and lots of hands-on. We talked all day, exploring Mark's extensive experience, and nothing was too much trouble. A perfect day to really get me started in wood turning. I will have to go back when I have a few pieces under my belt.
Just finished an intense three day course with Mark in his workshop. Although I have done a bit of turning in the past, I needed to build my confidence and learn about all aspects of woodturning as part of my job is to train others on the lathe.
Mark's course was well structured with plenty of handouts and covered Health & Safety, selection and conversion of timber, tool sharpening and different techniques on the lathe amongst other things. Mark taught me new, safer, more effective ways of turning, getting away from the generic old school methods I had used in the past.
He is very clear and patient in his instruction and allows you to go at your own pace. His wealth of knowledge encourages you to ask plenty of questions and gain many new tips, and I certainly did that (sorry Mark!). On top of this, after the course he sent a very handy shopping list of tools and accessories that will improve things at work.
I highly recommend Mark's courses whether you are a complete novice or have some experience, you won't be disappointed!
This was my first time at wood turning. After a short but important safety brief we were turning. With Mark's guidance I was amazed that all the theory and advice Mark gave me I was turning and it felt so easy. Mark's constant advice and attention to detail gave me such satisfaction with my first attempts.
I would strongly recommend the two days, as this give you the opportunity to get a basic feel on day one and then put your new found skill into action on day two. At the end of the course I was a proud man walking away with not only a beautiful bowl but a wealth of knowledge to start turning on my own lathe with confidence.
Would happily go back for more with out hesitation. 10 out of 10. Thanks Mark
We gave my 15 year old son a 1-1 day course with Mark as a Christmas present. He had a wonderful time and learned so much. He was a complete beginner and, with Mark's help, made a lovely bowl. He is now enthusiastic to do more and cannot wait to acquire his own workshop. We are delighted with Mark's tuition and help and recommend him wholeheartedly.
If you are considering taking a dip into the world of wood and turning then look no further than this two-day immersion course with Mark. I completed the course a couple of days ago and am still trying to process all that I have learned. Since I was a self-taught producer of 'dog-bowls', Mark had to gently and patiently dismantle and then rebuild my basic technique with clarity but in ways that were always encouraging and humour-filled.
I was particularly grateful for lessons in sharpening and his re-grinding of some of the tools I had brought along. The two days were full of the wisdom of his many years of turning and teaching with great advice on essential tools and their manufacture or most economic purchase. Comprehensive notes and an extensive, personalised, list of internet resources compiled as we proceeded through the two days is already proving invaluable. I only hope he'll have me back for another day or two at some point!
My partner bought this one day course as a Christmas present, as I had often expressed a desire to work with wood, and in particular in wood turning. I spent the 31st of Jan with Mark, from 0920 in the morning until 1850 in the evening! I have attended many courses throughout my life, and this one rates as one of the best. Mark has a tremendous breadth of knowledge which he tried to impart to me. By the time I left I was both physically and mentally tired. We covered use of all the basic skills with the 7 prime tools, with plenty of hands on time on a lathe. I feel that I now know enough to decide whether or not to invest in equipment, but more importantly what to look for and how to avoid over-spending. Overall a fantastic course that fulfilled all my requirements, and more, with a gentleman who was a pleasure to spend time with.