"Really enjoyed every aspect of this course! Mike really knows his stuff and is brilliant at getting the subject across for beginners but also can go in to more detail about the materials and methods for those wanting to know more. His enthusiasm for the subject is really contagious and by the end of the session when we'd finished our spoons, we were itching to plan our next project. A fantastic workshop in a beautiful setting! Would highly recommend! "
MC Woodcrafts responded:
" Hi Jo, thanks for your kind review. I'm so glad that you got so much out of the day. It was a pleasure to meet you both"
"This was one of the most fun, interesting and fulfilling crafting courses I’ve done. Would 100% recommend. Mike was excellent at getting the most out of us; he taught us skills whilst also giving us room to be creative. We’re already looking forward to our next course.
MC Woodcrafts responded:
" Thanks for your kind words Harry, I'm really glad that you both enjoyed the day"
"Really enjoyed the day, blessed with good weather and a great group.
Mike is a great teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. Kept everyone on track but comfortable to chat about peoples experience and share his opinions.
The day flew and he was very generous."
"Had a beautiful day in a beautiful setting, learning how to carve using axes and knives. Mike was so knowledgeable about his craft, and so patient, giving clear instructions, but also lots of 1 to 1 help whenever it was needed. There's something really magical, working a piece of wood with your own hands into something beautiful, and a great sense of achievement at having created it. Highly recommended."
"We spent a fabulous morning learning to carve our own wooden spoons. Mike was a great teacher and host, answering all our wood carving questions plus being knowledgeable about the surrounding woodland. The course was well paced with lots of one to one guidance, plenty of tea and biscuits and a lovely peaceful location."
"£40 very well spent. Mike was an excellent teacher with a strong safety content. Superb setting. Would recommend the taster course to anyone. Mike showed us a rang of techniques to carve the spoon safely. Very friendly manner and welcomed questions.
Didnt quite finish the spoon on the day but was given enougb techniques to finish it in the evening."
"A really enjoyable day learning a lot of new skills and enthusing us to want to do more to create useful and lovely, environmentally friendly things. Mike was really knowledgeable and charming, patient and kind about our achievements! He provided us with excellent tools and equipment in a really lovely setting.We both want to return and learn more."
"Had a fantastic day learning the techniques to carve a spoon with an axe and knives. There was a group of 6 which worked perfectly allowing Mike to get round everyone offering help with technique were necessary. Just need to practice now!
"Mike was very helpful and informative. The course was enjoyable and had the right number of participants so that Mike could get round everyone to give individual support. I am very pleased with my finished spoon."
"Had a wonderful day learning to carve a spoon with Mike (and Jack ??)..it was held in a beautiful setting on the edge of the chevin forest.. mike's relaxed and friendly way of teaching meant I was able to take a lot of information in without feeling overwhelmed..we were taught as a group but also had plenty of 1:1 help through out the day.. would definitely recommend to others.."
"Had a great time at the Radical Bakers Festival in Shropshire last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed carving a spoon with Mike.
He was excellent as a teacher, very patient and very thorough in his demonstration of different carving techniques and very much with health and safety in mind at all times.
I had a great time and now have a new-found admiration for the makers of the humble wooden spoon. I never knew so much work went in to making one.
Thank you Mike."
"Mike was really skilled in looking after us all. He provided tools and enthusiasm and was able to keep the slower of us nicely included without any suggestion of criticism. It was a wonderful day and well worthwhile. Thank you."
"I loved the course so much I ended up ordering my own set of knives and wood to make more spoons. Mike was incredibly patient and generous, sharing tips, resources and giving us extra time to finish off our spoons. He continues to offer help after the course so you’re not left alone in case you need guidance!
We had our course in the middle of Otley Chevin forest, with snacks and hot drinks at hand. I enjoyed every minute and will definitely be back to learn more in the future:)"
"This was a brilliant course. I've never even wielded this sort of knife, let alone produced a working spoon. Mike is calm, kind and knowledgeable. I have already ordered two knives and I'm looking for a nice piece of wood....."
"A superb session with excellent teaching. I hadn’t expected to learn so much in such a calm and gentle way, but Mike’s teaching style was so encouraging that we all achieved a great deal. When he said he want teaching us to make our first spin, but our 3rd 4th and 5th one, that was so true, as he equipped us with a range of skills to take away.
Is always wanted to carve, and now feel I have the beginnings of the skill to do so and grow in the craft. I became genuinely emotional about my end product but, most importantly, about the seeds planted by Mike to keep pursuing learning and craft."
"A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning! This is a great course in a great location and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mike is very skilled and knowledgeable and I learnt a huge amount in just half a day. I now feel confident to be able to continue to develop these skills on my own to improve further. Thanks Mike ?"
"Myself and my husband attended the green woodworking day course. We had a fabulous day. I am very new to any type of wood work, my husband has been carving for a couple of years. Mike made sure that we both knew what we were doing and was a constant source of knowledge. Highly recommend this day whether you are a complete beginner, have some experience it just want to give it a go. He also makes a pretty good cuppa too ☺️ And the day was even more complete by having the company of Jack, Mike’s lovely canine companion."
"Brilliant course in a lovely location and with a great teacher! Mike was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, opening my eyes to a whole new world! Learned a lot in one day without it feeling overwhelming, which is a credit to Mike's teaching style."
"Absolutely brilliant!!! I honestly could not recommend this course highly enough!
Despite the awful weather, Mike went above and beyond to make this day totally accessible and enjoyable. We were provided tea and coffee throughout the day and even some choccy biscuits!
Mike’s warm and friendly approach to teaching made the course so much fun as well as informative. I left the day with a whole host of skills, which was all down to Mike’s 1:1 teaching, encouragement and a lot of patience! Massive thank you Mike!"