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Rustic oak garden bench - one day course

In-person course
- - #25891

This was a surprise trip for me, no idea what I was getting myself in to. But Ian was a fabulous teacher. His knowledge and patience is fabulous even when I was being very heavy handed. This sort of wood work is far more delicate than I could have imagined.
The day made all the better by finding a kindred spirit in climbing, sharing stories of bear encounters in Yosemite and life without responsibilities. Fabulous day, can’t wait to go back and do another course.

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #25832

What a great day! As a fine furniture student, it was wonderful to spend the whole day producing a rustic stool. Ian, a fabulous teacher, goes through the whole process using only traditional tools and techniques. It is a great introduction to green woodworking.
I have definitely got the bug. I can't wait to try making a shaving horse on the next course.


Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #25751

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Make your own green woodworking 'Shave Horse' from Oak & Ash

In-person course
- - #25646

A brilliant day learning skills with different heritage tools to make a shave horse.
Ian is a great teacher; patient, very skilled and knowledgeable and encouraging.
This course was just what we needed after a very busy term and we felt thoroughly engaged and ended up with a shave horse that we can use in our Forest School.
We will be back to learn from Ian again ! Many thanks.


Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #25361

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Rustic oak garden bench - one day course

In-person course
- - #25256

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Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #25121

I would highly recommend Ian's oak stool making course - I took my Dad for his birthday and we all had a great time. Ian was very friendly and helpful and we all learnt new skills! It was very satisfying to bring an oak stool home. Thanks very much Ian!

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #25074

Ian's workshop was amazing, we took my father for his birthday and we were blown away by how much fun we had. Ian was very patient when showing us the different ways to create the stool and the day was paced really well. The stools we made were amazing quality and it was a really enjoyable experience! It was also really interesting learning more about woodworking and the different techniques involved, I would highly recommend this course! Thanks for an amazing day, we really enjoyed it!


Rustic oak garden bench - one day course

In-person course
- - #25023

I purchased my husband a course for two from Ian. I must admit I was nervous about joining him but we had the most wonderful day. Ian is a patient and calm tutor of his beloved craft. The bench is absolutely lovely and is admired by everyone who sees it. I can recommend this course 100%.

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #24352

We had a fantastic experience doing this course with Ian. Perfectly structured course, firstly learning how to make a mallet and then transferring the skills to making an absolutely beautiful stool each. We are so happy with our stools in our home. Ian is a fantastic teacher and a really interesting man - we really enjoyed his company for the day. Thank you again!!


Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #23536

Had a really enjoyable time crafting with Ian, would highly recommend this experience as even with no woodworking skills I came away with a lovely stool and a mallet.

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #22837

Fantastic day with Ian who was a great instructor with patient advice, tips and a good sense of humour. Thoroughly recommend Ian and the courses he offers... and I have a great stool and mallet too!


Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #22719

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Make your own green woodworking 'Shave Horse' from Oak & Ash

In-person course
- - #21801

Ian fitted me in at short notice with a condensed day, which worked out well for both of us I think. Fantastic day of learning yet more new skills and came away with a great new device which I was very pleased with. The only small issue now, is finding some spare cash for all the new tools I want to buy.
Well recommended and a good development from the rustic stool course for those wanting to learn a bit more.


Rustic oak garden bench - one day course

In-person course
- - #21554

My wife gave me the bench making experience as a gift. In fact we worked together on it. Ian has everything ready and supplied some lovely oak pieces for the seat and back. We used ash for the legs and chestnut for the back supports.
We used traditional hand tools to do the shaping and smoothing. The result was super and now sits proudly in our garden.
Ian was helpful and patient.
Our arms and shoulders were aching, but we had a rewarding day and a bench that should outlive us.
Thanks Ian.

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #21298

We both had a great day and learnt so much. Ian was a really good tutor, very encouraging and helpful. I would highly recommend this course for its therapeutic effects as much as for the finished products which we were really pleased with. Thank you Ian!


Rustic oak garden bench - one day course

In-person course
- - #21113

What a fantastic day! I bought this for my wife as a Christmas gift, and we got to take it on a sunny Mother's Day. Ian taught us so much and gave us the skills to make a lovely bench. A full day and we definitely caught the bug--we will be back to make more in the future. Definitely recommend--you won't be disappointed!

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #20981

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Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #20969

An excellent day with Ian, making oak stool. Enjoyed meeting fellow 'trainees' Sam and Ian. Learned a lot, really practical day, and I really enjoyed Ian's teaching style, keep sit simple, is very encouraging and let us get on with it. Already planning what else I could come back and do. To cap it all, weather was magnificent for March, well worth the money and drive down from Manchester. Thanks Ian.

Oak stool making experience - rustic carpentry & green wood work

In-person course
- - #20601

Just back from making a oak stool, what a great day enjoyed every minute of it. And very pleased with the stool, Ian was very helpful and didn't rush us, fed us coffee and biscuits to keep energy levels up
Thank you for a great day
Margaret