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Sylva Foundation

Contact name: Joe Bray
Total bookings
about 5 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

The Sylva Wood Centre offers a prime location for learning and skills development, situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. We offer excellent facilities for courses in woodworking, forestry and rural management, outdoor learning, and other subjects. Courses are set among a thriving community of wood businesses, surrounded by an attractive treescape. Our new Teaching Barn offers a specialist learning space just 5 miles from Didcot Parkway station and 10 miles from Oxford.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Box making course: learn how to make a box with a pivot hinged lid
Next date: 12th Aug 2024
8 places left
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Dovetailed tray making course
Next date: 15th Jul 2024
8 places left
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Table Making Course: learn how to cut through wedged tenons
Next date: 22nd Jul 2024
8 places left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
7 Mar 22'

Richard Pedley reviewed: Make a canoe paddle - two day course in Oxfordshire

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and received a lovely functional item at the end of it with the pride of knowing I made it myself. The instructor was incredibly knowledgable, but approachable and really went out of his way to celebrate the achievements of the participants while providing a high level support to allow them to recover small mistakes. It is physically intensive and my arms are still slightly sore the day after the course. The location is lovely and the workshop was well equipped with the tools we needed."

Sylva Foundation responded:

"We are so glad you enjoyed the course and hope your arms recover quickly! Colin is incredibly experienced as a boatbuilder and a very supportive teacher - its lovely to hear that everyone was able to celebrate their achievements in making a homegrown ash paddle."

12 Oct 19'

Cherie & David Ellis reviewed: Knife skills and whittling workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre

"Martin took the time and trouble to explain clearly how to handle the knives safely and efficiently in a calm and measured way. He also showed us various knives from the basic type up to the more expensive professional type, explaining their pros and cons. He brought along a good selection of items as examples. The small group enabled Martin to spend time with each student. We all came away with two finished items and plenty of material to practise at home. We would recommend this course. The signage to the workshop was not very clear."

Sylva Foundation responded:

"We are delighted that you enjoyed the Knife Skills and Whittling course with Martin Damen. With such sharp knives it is essential that we give you clear instructions to keep everyone working safely! We strongly believe in small group sizes and expert tutors to give you the very best experience. On site signage is something we are working on and we hope that when you join us again for another course or experience in the future everything will be made clear."

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