Penlan Crafts

Contact name: Stef Palazzi
Total bookings
over 2 years
with CraftCourses

Courses, kits & gifts

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Kids Automata making course
Next date: 9th Dec 2023
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Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making
Next date: 9th Dec 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
27 Nov 23'

César reviewed: Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

"I've made the "unlucky fishing cat" automata toy with Stef and it was a great experience. Stef is a great teacher with an interesting background. We've spent a very productive day building a beautiful toy. Time just flies when you are having fun and that was exactly the case, after a brief introduction to safety rules, machine use and automata basics it was hands on until the final product was finished. Highly recommend it! 5 Starts for the course and Stef! Thanks and all the best Stef"

Penlan Crafts responded:

" Thank you very much César for your kind review, glad you enjoyed the course!"

9 Nov 23'

E. Day reviewed: Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

"I made an automata toy with Stef and it was a fabulous experience. Learning how to use the machines and create the mechanism was fascinating and Stef was very patient and helpful. I had some creative ideas which he was really open to. Highly recommend this course. "

Penlan Crafts responded:

" Hi Emily, thank you very much for your nice review. Very happy we were able to work on your creative ideas and transform them in a delightful toy... I love the final result! All the very best, Stef"

17 Sep 23'

Sam reviewed: Kids Automata making course

"This was a wonderful day course. Stef is an excellent instructor and made every part of the process of making the automata fun and rewarding. It was very satisfying to make each part of the toy, make some decisions about details of the design and to put it all together and see it working. I'd recommend this course for anyone, it was just great!"

Penlan Crafts responded:

" Hi Sam, thank you and happy you enjoyed the day... and your beautiful caterpillar! All the best, Stef"

12 Sep 23'

Allan Crow reviewed: Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

"I have an interest in Automata and my family gifted me a voucher from CraftCourses. I decided to choose Penlan Crafts in Bristol. I spoke over email to Stef on several occasions and each interaction was very useful and warm. I was guided by his expertise in choosing an automata to build which would suit my ability. I met Stef on route to his workshop and received a fantastic warm welcome which put me totally at ease. Once in the workshop, which was very cozy and well equipped, he assessed my skill levels and after a briefing on my chosen automata he put me to work. I was constantly under his eye but not made to feel uncomfortable. Once he could see I was coping with the tasks he set me he would leave me to complete them. During my time in the workshop we talked about anything and everything as if we had known each other for years. As the day progressed I could see that Stef wanted me to leave the workshop with a well-crafted automata which was certainly the case. Stef is a very knowledgeable craftsman with an eye for detail and a gift of passing his knowledge to his students in a way which is easy to grasp. For an Italian he makes a nice cuppa. If you are thinking about choosing an automata course, Stef’s your man. You won’t be disappointed."

Penlan Crafts responded:

" Dear Allan, thank you! I agree, we really had a great time during the course, you are a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic student, so no surprise your automata was completed at very high standards... and I warned you about the cuppa, you risked it having your tea prepared by an Italian! Thank you again and all the very best"

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