I loved the course. It was a relaxing day, but I picked up loads of useful information. I'm now comfortable with safe axe and knife techniques. We went from a block of wood to a useful spoon in a matter of hours. I can't wait to practise my news skills.
I have wanted to have a go at making Fan Carved Birds for some time as I was intrigued by them and the associated folk law. The course was situated in beautiful surroundings by the side of a stream which suited the wife as she was able to have a wander and take in the local surroundings and bird life following directions from Steve as well as sit in during the session as and when she liked. Steve is very knowledgeable and a real nice guy and his relaxed manner of teaching makes for a great day. The good thing about the course is that Steve has developed his own method of fan bird carving based on observation and trial and error to hone his skills in making the fan carved birds and is happy to share his knowledge and experience. The tools required involve minimal outlay and are easily available. I certainly learned by my mistakes but by the end of the day the techniques required dropped into place and a beautiful fan carved bird was produced which I was happy with. This ended a great day in great company. I was even given a billet of Larch to take home so I could practice. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone.
I was a complete novice but had a really good day on this course. We started with no knowledge at all and by the end of the day were making our own fan Birds, granted not quite to Steve's excellent standards but given time !! One has to dream. Steve's teaching is a very relaxed easy to follow with nothing being too much trouble to explain.
I would recommend this course to anyone who has the slightest interest in wood.
A thoroughly enjoyable day in delightful surroundings.
I had a great day on this course, I had wanted to have a go at making fan birds for some time but things always got in the way so I booked a course with Steve. We were lead through the process one step at a time following Steve for the first bird then had ago at the second ourselves making some silly mistakes but by the third we were getting the hang of it. I can definitely recommend this course.
I would commend this course to anyone interested in wood, art, craft or culture. Steve was an excellent teacher, providing an ideal, safe, environment in which to learn. All tools and materials were provided and we could all go away with at least one finished fan bird, and the confidence and skills to continue making them in the future.
This is one of the best one day courses I have attended.