I've lived on four continents, and Sallerton Wood is as lovely a spot as there is, camping among the bluebells below the tree canopy by the stream. Better still is to learn greenwood furniture making from as friendly, skilful and patient a teacher as Andy Morton. It is inspiring as a beginner to use hand tools only, on freshly cut wood from sustainable woodland management, to complete a project to such a high standard. The whole experience was superb - refreshing, relaxing and engaging. I highly recommend the stool making course at Sallerton Wood, I've shared the details with my friends, and am already planning my next visit.
Response from Sallerton Wood:We are very pleased that you enjoyed the course, and its woodland setting. We look forward to seeing you again on your next course at Sallerton Wood.
I had a great day out in such an amazing setting. It was so interesting to find out about selecting and splitting up green wood to work with and then to be shown and learn to use traditional tools in the well-equipped workshop shelter. Andy is extremely knowledgeable and made it all seem so easy. I came away not only with the things I’d made during the day but also eager to do more as soon as I get the chance. Thanks for an excellent day (not to mention the tasty lunch and afternoon cake).
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you so much for that lovely review, Henry. We are delighted that you enjoyed the course so much, and the lunch and cake! We'd love to welcome you back to Sallerton Wood at any time in the future.
Brilliant course, thanks Andy! We got to try more techniques and tools than I'd imagined and all in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks, Chris for your kind review, and we're very pleased that you enjoyed the course and its setting. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sallerton Wood if you return in the future to do another course.
My third workshop booked with Craft Courses and certainly the best. Arrived the day before the course and camped in the woods. Such a beautiful and special environment, listening to owls, the stream and feeling totally relaxed and safe on my own. The workshop was unique in so many ways. Not only is Andy highly skilled and inspiring, his relationship to the woods, working with wood and the surrounding environment but also sharing his skills, knowledge and vision felt totally enriching to me. This course was an invitation to enter in a relationship with the wood I was working with and enabled me to create a Kuksa, which is personal and rather beautiful.
Wholeheartedly recommend this course !
Very best wishes to the team, you are awesome.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you so much Katrin, for such a lovely review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the course so much, and that you enjoyed the experience of camping in the woods too. We hope to see you back at Sallerton Wood again one day. Very best wishes to you from all of us, i.e. Andy, Jane & Alan.
A most enjoyable 2 day course carving a Kuksa. Andy is a gifted woodsman and his skills, knowledge , patience and teaching skills are outstanding . 2 days in this woodland environment was a very refreshing break , much needed in our present situations. I would recommend the course to anybody . Thank you.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you very much, Roger, for your kind review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the course, and the woodland itself. We hope to see you back at Sallerton Wood again sometime in the future.
An excellent course with a good pace. I've learned lots of new skills and come home with a beautiful chair.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much Chris for your very positive review. We are very glad that you have enjoyed the course, and we hope to see you back at Sallerton Wood again sometime in the future.
The course was a Christmas present from two good friends. Gosh, was I lucky! I was initially reticent about going, but within moments of arrival, I was enjoying the forrest location under cover of a relatively open, but protected shed. Andy was an excellent tutor who was fully hands on giving group and individual guidance without "taking over". Even the least practical of those attending found they could manage to produce some great products to take home and show off to family members. Being a pretty hands on DIY'er I learnt a whole bunch of new things that I could do. It was huge fun! Thanks, Andy!
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks, Peter, for your enthusiastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the course, and we'd love to welcome you back to Sallerton Wood if you choose to do another course sometime in the future.
Great course in a perfect location.
Andy is a great teacher, informative skilled & well humoured. I look forward to doing another course in Sallerton Woods sometime soon.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much for your kind review, Les.
Really wonderful experience and such a sense of achievement when the chair finally comes together. Great location and fantastic facilities. Andy was incredibly knowledgeable and very calm and patient. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to do something creative outside. It is suitable for people of all levels experience and we had none.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you very much indeed, Gill, for your kind review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the course, and the environment and facilities at Sallerton Wood. We hope to see you back at Sallerton Wood one day.
My Sallerton Wood Experience.
What a wonderful break it was to be absorbed totally with creating a stool from a log of ash and the bark of the elm. We simply followed the directions expertly explained by Andy in the most peaceful relaxing setting of Sallerton Wood. Surrounded by gently rustling trees, the sound of the stream, the bird song and the soft sounds of sharp tools working on wood and the occasional giggle from me as I succeeded to form round legs from square chunks, so satisfying. What better than to rest and chat whilst eating a tasty sandwich made from home-made bread, and fresh salad and to eat pizza straight from the pizza oven, what a treat? All in all we had a perfectly unique experience, to be repeated by us again one day I hope.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks, Tricia, for this account of your experience at Sallerton Wood. We're very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed it, and we look forward to welcoming you back at Sallerton Wood if you decide to return sometime in the future.
Excellent course for learning some basic woodworking skills using non-powered tools. The Shave Horse is a very useful tool to come away with after a weekend of learning these skills.
The woodland setting is a great place to spend a few days and Andy's easy and laid back teaching skills combine with his in-depth knowledge to make this an experience to remember.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks, Ashley, for your kind review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course, and we would be pleased to see you back at Sallerton Wood sometime in the future. We hope that you get many hours of pleasure using your shave horse.
I had a most enjoyable day and, by the end, felt I had received a good grounding in the basic techniques of using the woodworking tools. Andy was a very clear and patient tutor, and was happy to demonstrate repeatedly those techniques which any of us had not grasped immediately. I look forward to coming on another course in the future.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you, Carole, for posting that kind review, and we're pleased that you enjoyed your course. We look forward to welcoming you back at Sallerton Wood for another course sometime in the future.
Andy was so knowledgeable, great environment and really enjoyed the course. Also had lovely lunch 😁
Response from Sallerton Wood:Great to hear that you enjoyed this course, and many thanks for writing a review. :-)
I completed the three day stool making course at Sallerton Wood, which is a beautiful and peaceful setting. Andy, the course tutor, is down-to-earth with a calm and thoughtful teaching style; he has exceptional skill, knowledge and experience. Andy has put a lot of care and thought into the setup, with a fully-equipped workshop offering plenty of shelter and a kitchen/dining area for breaks and lunch. These areas have been lovingly constructed with trees from Sallerton Wood. The various tools you use to produce your stool have also been professionally hand-made by Andy. The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I felt the most relaxed I have in years. It was a joy to be off-grid, in a lovely setting and crafting something from green wood (and I came away with a great little stool). I highly recommend this course and plan to come back again, perhaps to try the chair making course!?
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much, Rob, for your kind review, and I look forward to welcoming you back at Sallerton Wood when you are ready to participate in a chair-making course. In the meantime, very best wishes to you. Andy.
What a great day! We had booked places on this course as a Christmas present for ourselves having seen a report on TV of similar green woodworking and thought it would be great to try it too. We originally booked on the May course but had to postpone to September because the date clashed with a family anniversary party. Andy was very helpful getting our booking postponed and made it so easy.
We didn't quite know what to expect when we arrived but, despite the rain, the setting was beautiful and fortunately there was more than sufficient shelter. Our tutor Andy immediately made us feel at ease as he described the day ahead and even the H & S was presented gently without making it seem too restricting. Within 30 minutes we were starting to cut log blanks for making our mallets using traditional techniques. Andy explained the objectives and how to use the various tools very clearly, demonstrating their use with consummate skill. As we made our first attempts, he came round and guided each of us, praising and pointing out how to work the wood to get the best results. Andy has such depth of knowledge and great skill in selecting and working with timber.
As things progressed through the day, we gradually learnt about how to select the wood for cutting, and how to use each tool to achieve the objective. Having not only the right tools but very sharp ones made things easier. It's clear that time is spent between courses making sure all the tools are fully sharpened, which requires a lot of skill. The spatulas we all made were beautiful and practical.
We enjoyed the company of fellow students, who like us had little previous experience. Working in the open air, in woodland was new to us. Everyone got on well together and Andy was excellent, helping each of us but also allowing us to learn by doing, without breathing down our necks! We made mistakes, of course, but then he showed us how to make the most of it anyway. Towards the end of the afternoon we used pole lathes to make various items such as garden dibbers and rolling pins. Again, Andy showed us step by step how to prepare the timber, set it in the lathe and then turn it. Most of us found it quite hard to synchronise the back-and-forth turning of the lathe with apply and then relaxing the cutting tool at the right time. But again, Andy was there showing us how to get the best result.
Overall, we can say it was a most excellent and enjoyable introduction to green woodworking, in a super environment with a really great teacher. We'd love to come back for another course; we thoroughly recommend this one to everyone and we're sure that the other courses are just as good.
Response from Sallerton Wood:We are very pleased to hear that you both enjoyed the course so much, and thank you very much indeed for writing such a kind and thorough review. We look forward to seeing you back at Sallerton Wood for another course, and please remember to ask for a Return Booking Discount which currently stands at 15%.
This was my second course at Sallerton Wood, I attended the stool making course last year and was my first experience of working with green wood. This year I attended the 6 day chair making course. It was an excellent course. The new workshop is a big improvement, the tools were in superb condition. The tuition provided by Andy conveys his enthusiasm for working with green wood and his deep knowledge of the subject. It provides encouragement for course participants to improve their skills and believe that they can produce from what starts off as a log a great piece of furniture. One chair made, only 5 more to go for the dining room suite I have promised my daughter. I am eagerly awaiting the publication of next year's dates so I can book.
In addition, I have now bought my own draw knife from Workaid based in Chesham which is a wonderful charity that reconditions old tools and sends them out to developing countries to support projects run by local people.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much indeed for your review, Chris. We're delighted that you've enjoyed both of the courses that you have attended, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a further course next season. The course dates for 2020 are on the Sallerton Wood website right now!
Joined Andy on a three day stool making course Sept 2019.
Very enjoyable sessions, time scheduled to perfection by Andy with regular breaks for beverages and a lovely lunch which gave us all a chance to get to know one another.
Andy was always in attendance to provide guidance and support where ever needed. His woodworking skills, use of tools and materials was apparent from start to finish. The setting of the wood and work area was spectacular, clearly supporting the ethos behind the Greenwood Craft Course.
I would thoroughly recommend this learning experience to anyone regardless of their existing skills. I was a complete newby to woodworking and managed to turnout a wonderful piece of work.
I am very pleased with my stool and it stands in pride of place in my living room, mainly under my feet!
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much indeed, Carol, for posting that kind review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the course, and its woodland setting. Glad to hear too that you're putting the stool to good use already! We're hoping to welcome you back at Sallerton Wood again sometime in the future.
I was really looking forward to attending this course but it far exceeded my expectations. I had done very little green woodworking before which was not a problem for Andy. He explained everything clearly, whilst demonstrating the next stage and was always at hand if I needed extra reminders! Sallerton is an idyllic woodland, with a stream running through the site. The working area is well equipped and the tools in good condition and regularly sharpened by Andy. We were well looked after, with regular coffee/tea breaks and good lunches. The group appeared to gel together in part because Andy encouraged people to help each other, working in pairs for certain jobs. We all completed ours stools and I was certainly very pleased with my finished piece. All that is required in a oiling once it has dried out.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much indeed for posting a review, Alan. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the course so much, and the lovely environment and resources at Sallerton Wood. We'd love to see you back again one day. Many thanks for your kind review.
What a great 3 days. Super location, relaxed atmosphere - helped by having a really friendly group of attendees. Andy is thorough, patient, very skilled and good at conveying those skills to others, whatever their ability level. Whether you are a complete novice or just want to add to / hone your skills then I can highly recommend booking a course here. I'll certainly be back.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much for your kind review, Dick. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the course and its atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you back at Sallerton Wood for another course, and do remember to ask for the Return Booking Discount when you book; it currently stands at 15%.
We had a really lovely couple of days. It was so nice to be in the woods, listening to the stream while being completely absorbed in chopping, sawing and carving a bit of wood!
Andy was very calm with a relaxed style and was always on hand when we had a question.
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thanks very much, Deb, for posting a review. We're pleased that you enjoyed the course and the proximity of woodland and stream whilst working on your kuksa. Hope to see you and Mick back at Sallerton Wood again one day.