Reviews for Mark Hancock
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
I am an absolute beginner, but Mark's knowledge, experience and relaxed manner put you immediately at ease. I cannot rate this training highly enough - I came away with a huge amount of knowledge, advice and what feels like a full range of practical skills. I now feel confident to begin building up my own workshop and turning items!
As others have said, the time flies by since Mark makes the subject so absorbing - and he really doesn't want you to finish until he has imparted as much information as he can. I will be booking again to move onto the next level! Finally I cannot finish without mentioning how modest Mark is. Anyone who has seen the pieces Mark produces will be hugely impressed by his skill and artistic vision, and yet he genuinely loves the simple activity of taking the most basic log, turning it round and making a pile of shavings.
Just go ahead and book!
Chris Coleman - - #12870
I have been turning for 25 years on and off self taught in my shed. Never had a chance to do a course because of the job i did but i retired last year wife gave me a day with Mark as a christmas present. Mark gave me a lot of good advice on what to buy and what not to buy. He also showed me where i was going wrong with a lot of the bad habits i had to taught my self. I will definitely go back for some more tuition when i have tryed to put into practice some of the things i was shown
Paul Gasson - - #12831
Absolutely fantastic day. I am a complete novice and finished the day feeling confident to have a go at wood turning on my own. Mark covered a huge amount in one day with great handouts and loads of information about what to buy and not to buy. I would definitely recommend the day and hope to go back for more help after some practicing on my own.
Thanks Mark - a great day.
Sian - - #12690
Spent two days last week with Mark learning about wood turning and what a fantastic time I had!
Mark is very skilled and knowledgeable at his trade and he is very good at putting just enough (plus a bit more) information to you to suit your own needs and ability.
Whilst not a stranger to working with tools and machinery, I was a novice to wood turning - but no longer - I came away with my head buzzing (with info) but the ability to carry out wood turning confidently and safely on my own lathe (which is being installed and set up imminently).
I was enthusiastic about attending the course and came away even more enthusiastic about taking up wood turning as a serious hobby and I would highly recommend training with Mark.
So thanks again, ever so, Mark and hope to meet up again in the near future and beyond.
Happy New Wood Turner!
Andy Falconer - - #12471
I am a returning student to Mark. He gave me a lesson on how to sharpen tools in depth.
As my goal is to be a professional woodturner, I need somebody to guide me in the right direction. If you are looking for a woodturning expert, he is the person you can rely on and will give you all the information he has got. During and after the lesson, I had always been happy. I am still happy when I think of the lesson with him. That is why I am returning whenever I need help to upgrade skills or to cure my bad habit for sound and safe woodturning.
Thanks again Mark and happy woodturning everybody!!
Tim Yang - - #12323
Having no other previous wood turning experience other than from a school D&T project 25 years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Mark.
Mark covered a lot of ground during the day with a good balance of theory, technical advice, demonstrations and hands-on experience, and I came away from the day with a beautiful bowl that Mark helped me turn and a strong desire to take up wood turning as a hobby or potential business avenue.
Mark is very friendly, calm and helpful, and he generously gave me a lot of tailored advice and knowledge. His workshop is very welcoming and orderly, with the wood burning stove going throughout a cold winter's day. Under Mark's guidance, my initial nervousness about using the lathe soon disappeared, and I felt my confidence and ability in handling the tools, materials and techniques build and build during the day.
Mark has also very kindly sent me some very useful suggestions and links for equipment, tools, books and wood turning groups that are local to me. I would thoroughly recommend booking a day's course with Mark, and I hope to do so again in the future.
Richard Darkin - - #12192
My children bought me a days course as a gift. I was quite nervous as I’m a real beginner. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and left feeling much more confident. We covered so much and I also came away with written notes and a lovely bowl that has really impressed my children!! Mark is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable.
I would definitely recommend this course.
Helen Nolan - - #12134
Had a excellent experience on a days wood turning with mark . Friendly and easy to get along, very experienced in all aspects wood turning. Even when mistakes are made by myself, as mark would put it "design opportunities are made" . Five stars highly recommended course .
Mark powell - - #12068
The one to one day course was a birthday gift from my children. I am quite self conscious when it comes to courses, but had a great day with Mark he is a good teacher. We chatted away but seemed to cover a lot of ground, I learnt a lot and now have a list of things I want to try out. Hands on Mark would demonstrate a cut then watch and offer encouragement and suggestions as I tried to make the cut. I do watch videos when trying to learn techniques but it it is so much better having someone as knowledgeable as Mark standing beside supporting and giving advice especially when learning to use something like a skew chisel.
shane tiffin - - #12073
Had a great time with Mark. Highly experienced and a good guide in the minefield of tools and equipment available in the market.
He’s a great teacher so be ready to soak in as much as you can.
Would definitely take a add on course. I already miss being in the workshop.
Jaykishan - - #11935
When I retired from work my work colleagues knew I had taken up wood turning as a hobby and presented me with a voucher for a days wood turning tuition with Mark.
I went onto Marks web site and checked out the gallery and read the reviews, they were all excellent with great feedback and compliments of Marks skill in passing on knowledge of wood turning in a friendly professional way. Having read all the reviews back to 2 years ago I spotted the review from Wolfgang and knew he was a member of our Club at West Midlands wood turners. At our next meeting I spoke to Wolfgang and told him I had a day booked with Mark. He said I was in for a very special day, His experience with Mark was fantastic.
On arriving at Marks workshop I was met with a warm welcome and a cup of tea whilst mark asked me what I wanted to get from the day. I explained I had been turning for about 14 months and had been self taught with some assistance of our club members including Wolfgang (who is a very proficient turner now).
We had discussed briefly on the phone my experience and the areas I felt I need to get more tuition on to develop my skills. He had asked me to take some work I had done and my tools.
He looked at the work I had done and he explained the areas that he felt he could help me improve on. He looked at my tools and explained the different profiles and the reasons why he chose specific profiles and this became much clearer and we went on later in the day to re-profile some of my gouges which I have seen the benefit of since returning to my own workshop.
Mark's teaching skills and friendly approach put you instantly at ease. He covers all the basic Health and safety and good working practice guidelines and has hand outs prepared for his students which he makes additional notes on as you go through the day.
I could fill the page with a step by step appraisal of my day with Mark but if I had to sum it up in a few words it would be "Absolutely Brilliant from Start to Finish"
Thank you Mark
Rob Huxley - - #11778
Excellent day,priceless help and advice,friendly tuition and plenty of tea!
Went in knowing nothing and came out with confidence to go and buy my own lathe and get on with it.
Would recommend to anyone, complete beginner or otherwise i think there's always something you can learn.
Graham smith - - #11650
The course is excellent. Loads of information, hands on experience and expert advice. I would recommend it to anybody, mark is brilliant and the tools available are great. Its also excellent value for money as it is quite a long day.
Thanks for the training
Chris - - #11583
Mark is an expert in the field of wood turning, but he has the skill of explaining and demonstrating the art of turning to an absolute beginner such as me in language I could understand. The day was thoroughly engaging and absorbing with plenty of hands on time; lots of helpful advice on all aspects of the work - H&S, material, methodology and equipment.
Mark was recommended to me and I have no hesitation in recommending any other aspiring turner to take the opportunity of training with Mark. I would like to repeat the course again when I have some experience behind me.
Derek Carter - - #11579
My wife gave me a voucher for a day of wood turning instruction with Mark for my birthday. I had a bit of experience turning wood (self taught) and so Took my tools and work samples along. Mark was able to tailor my day to suit my strengths and weaknesses. It was a long and thouroghly enjoyable day, covering all aspects of turning finishing log prep and tool use and sharpening. Mark was very helpful and full of knowledge. I think the fact that he is passionate about what he does comes in his teaching. The information and websites he emailed are an added bonus to the day. Thanks very much Mark! My head is still buzzing from all the information! PS.I've already raised my lathe to stop my backache!
Andy Spanjers - - #11256
I and a friend, both outright beginners, enjoyed a long and fairly intensive day with Mark at his workshop. The day's course was well structured and supported by detailed notes as we we worked through the day. We both came away feeling that the basic processes were covered in detail which led to a greater understanding of how wood turning should be approached from a technical and safety angle. Mark's patience and teaching ability has certainly encouraed my appetite for a greater involvement in woodturning, which I can approach with some confidence and anticipation of eventually producing some reasonable turned work. Many thanks Mark.
Philip Earl - - #11172
My wife purchased a 1 day training course through Mark as a surprise 44th Birthday present. I can honestly say this was the best present I could have wished for. Whilst having experience in Carpentry, I attended as a complete novice/beginner - always being interesting and talking about Woodturning but never pursuing this avenue.
Mark put me at ease right from the start - having a chat over a cup of coffee prior to running through all the basics - safety, machinery, tools, sharpening - backed up with over 30 pages of course notes which we covered during the days tuition, not to mention the many "hands on" practical demonstrations/lessons which we completed.
Having undertaken numerous training courses during my time in the Construction Industry, I can honestly say that Mark is by far the best training tutor I have had the privilege of working with. His experience and knowledge is second to one, not to mention his enthusiasm, patience and encouragement for the student.
I came away with a wonderful turned Beech bowl which has taken pride of place in our living room, but most importantly I was able to meet and learn the basics from a true craftsman and artist in his field.
Follow on correspondence and info was sent the very next day - with the suggested "shopping list" we discussed when first setting up, along with links to various local clubs, training days/courses and seminars etc - brilliant "Post training" advise and info.
A big thank you Mark for a most enjoyable day and informative insight into Woodturning - now just need to get "set-up" and start practicing (any excuse to buy more tools!!!!!)
Jamie Morgan - - #10903
This was a well thought out, highly informative course well prepared and organised. Mark is an excellent tutor and the whole day was full of positive energy and encouragement. He has shaved years of my learning curve with regard to wood turning by sharing his knowledge and experience openly with me and his post course support will i am sure prove invaluable.
Joe Walton - - #10850