Reviews for Penlan Crafts

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Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Christa Kontozoglou - - #36390

We had a wonderful time in this automata toy-making course. We enjoyed using the woodworking power tools to create the pieces of the mechanical toy and Stef was a brilliant teacher guiding us all the way through. He created a relaxed atmosphere with his friendly manner and his attention to detail meant that in the end, we came away with a very professional looking toy even though some of the tools we had never used before. It was definitely one of our favourite craft courses!

Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Christa, thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and Ed and I’m sure your lovely daughter will love the beautiful mechanical toy you built for her! Warm regards, Stef

Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

In-person course
paul robbins - - #36271

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Paul, thank you very much for your enthusiastic review! I’m very happy you enjoyed your birthday present … even more considering that you are an expert woodworking aficionado. It was a pleasure working with you (and thank you for your tips regarding the scroll saw!) and I am glad that I was able to show you the “magic” of automata. Happy Christmas! Stef

Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

In-person course
Jeremy Arden - - #35839

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Jeremy, what can I say…. Thank you very very much for your kind comments. I am happy you had a great time. I enjoyed working with you too. And I am glad I was able to convince you to paint your toy, you underestimated your artistic skills! I look forward to getting in touch with you again to assemble “The Dancing Sheep”… I’m sure it will be another beautiful creation!

Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Alice K - - #35838

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Alice, thank you so much for your enthusiastic, very kind review! It was a pleasure working with you… and you’ll always be welcome if you decide to come back for the advanced course 😀

Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Geoff - - #34276

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Geoff, thank you very much for your kind review! Your positive comments are even more important since they are coming from an expert woodmaker like you... thank you again and I'm sure your grandchildren will love "The Unlucky Fisherman"!

Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

In-person course
Sarah Wallis - - #33987

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Sarah, thank you very much for your amazing review! I’m glad that by building “the fishing cat” you rediscovered your creativity. You are very talented and it was easy (and a pleasure!) to be your tutor and to guide you through the different steps of the automaton construction. Thank you again! Stef

Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Kate Daly - - #33969

A lifelong wish to build an automaton was brilliantly delivered by Stef. Great location, workshop, tools, advice, help and tuition. All proper wood, so the final toy is beautiful, and the personal achievement immense. You have to choose one of the standard designs, but perfectly possible to have dancing elephants if you prefer to dancing sheep…. Just ask Stef. I wanted something complicated - and we did it.
I had a lovely time.

Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Kate
Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you had a lovely time, I really enjoyed working with you! Your enthusiasm and commitment paid off, your automaton is beautifully made (although I’m still debating within myself the right position of the black sheep!). All the best

Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Andrew Smallbone - - #33757

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Thank you Andrew for your kind review. I am very happy you enjoyed building your mechanical toy. It was a pleasure working with you! All the best

Wooden mechanical toy (automata) making

In-person course
Cat - - #33740

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Cat, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Your talent and commitment made my task as teacher very easy and pleasant. I am happy you are enjoying your beautifully-made automaton! Best regards, Stef

Basic automata and mechanical toy making

In-person course
Robert Taylor-Steward - - #33489

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Response from Penlan Crafts:

Dear Rob and Lou, thank you very much for your kind words! It was really a pleasure to have you in my workshop. Your passion, hard work and commitment paid off, your automata are beautifully made! All the very best