Excellent for these reasons;
Very able wood turner with excellent standards of completed product and wide experience
Able communicator interested in teaching students to achieve using highly developed skills
Well equipped workshop using higher quality machinery
Pleasant scenery and surroundings in this part of Wales
A warm welcome and interest in people coupled with his love of wood turning meant the whole days' experience was very enjoyable and fulfilling
Thank you Les
Mr G Pike - - #20293
I had the pleasure of attending one of Les’s Woodturning class - it was brilliant.
He assessed my previous experience (total beginner) and doctored the lesson accordingly.
Extremely articulate, informational and a general fab guy I left having proudly turned two pieces very excited and inspired.
I cant recommend the experience enough.
Phil Hackney - - #19646
Had a brilliant time, learning how to operate the lathe safely and came away with a good understanding of how to turn. Les is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor and puts you at ease. I enjoyed the day, which seemed to fly by!
I came away with a lovely scorched bowl and a xmas tree!! I have since purchased a lathe and Les was good enough to advise me on what was good and not so good, and has even offered to help me get started once i have the lathe set up, what more can you ask for!!
Colm Ebdy - - #19388
My introduction to wood turning allowed me to create a very attractive bowl from a simple block of oak. Les explained the pros and cons of different woods, the basics of the various equipment we used and the choices available to finish the bowl. He guided me through the various production stages while allowing me plenty of hands on experience. Les was a great teacher and we had some fun. I can thoroughly recommend the experience which, now that I am retired, has left me seriously considering buying a starter kit (and returning to Bala to have some more coaching).
Mervyn Daniel - - #19269
As well as being an excellent craftsman, Les is a very accomplished, attentive and personable tutor. Completely open and keen to share his own hallmark techniques, tips and tricks.
A thoroughly enjoyable day tailored to exactly what I wanted to learn. Recommended!
Tom - - #18922
Attended one of Les wood turning courses this week and It was one of the best and most enjoyable things I have done. I came away with a desire to continue it as a hobby and a oak burr bowl that surpassed my expectations. Les is a great teacher he understands, and can simply explain any aspect of the process. and the one to one tuition was great. Highly recommended, Thank you Les.
Timothy Vale - - #17666
Les provided my husband and I with 4 hours of expert and friendly tuition. We were both able to come away with a beautiful bowl - far more professional looking than i ever thought possible. Les is a fabulous teacher and the one to one nature of the course really helped. We both thoroughly recomend this course and both are enthused to go back and spend more time learning this skill.
Sallie Field - - #17611
I attended a day course and with Les's guidance, completed a bowl that impressed even myself, whos a beginner. . Good content and Les offers additional information plus is guided by the students. In fact I would consider attending again to devrlop more turning skills.
Rose quirk - - #14858
Thoroughly enjoyed course. I am very pleased with the bowl and candlestick I made, I liked choosing the piece of wood to use. Les is an excellent tutor.
David Palmer - - #14620
Excellent course, very enjoyable. Les is very patient and a skilled instructor, even managing to coach me to turn a bowl I am really proud of. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting a start in the art of wood turning.
Keith - - #14073
i took my girlfriend lizzi to go and do an introduction into woodturning as it is something i have got interest in. Les was kind, encouraging and a great teacher. He demonstrated his vast knowledge of the tools and how to use them correctly as well as his knowledge of wood. He gave us lots of opportunities to use the tools and if we were struggling he would come and give us extra support when doing more challenging techniques. i got to experiment with beading techniques on my sycomore wooden bowl whilst Lizzi made a fruit bowl out of walnut wood with some scorched lines. We were both incredibly proud of the product we made. Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed our experience, would recommend it to anyone looking to learn a new skill. We are definitely going back to seeing Les again. Thank you Les you were brilliant
Tom Birley - - #12993
I took my son to a Wood Turning Taster Session with Les and he had an absolutely fantastic time. He made a bowl out of oak, scorched it and lime waxed it. He loved being able to use the machines and coming home with something to show for his efforts.
Caroline - - #12972