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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

Since attending my first green wood course in April I have returned 3 times. I am hooked! My knowledge has increased as has my skill base under the tuition of Gail, Eoin & Dave. I have been impressed by the encouragement received &, as a result, now have my own shave horse & a wee workshop. None of this would have come to fruition without the patience of the Big Tree 'guys'. This, coupled with their unique brand of humour creates a perfect working/ learning environment.

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A Stool Making Day

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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

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A Stool Making Day

Had a brilliant day on a Stool making course run by Eoin with help from Gail. You couldn't ask for more helpful (or patient) instructors. Everything was explained thoroughly and then they just let you get on with it. There is such a sense of achievement to be gained from a course like this. Thank you for a wonderful day!

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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

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A Stool Making Day

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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

had a wonderful day,working in great space and company.the confidence and knowledge of leaders was so helpful. when you think things are going wrong there, help was great advice soon blew away any doubt.such great day looking forward to another course.

- - #1157

A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into when my partner bought me a chair making weekend - but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have a chair made by myself out of a pile of logs and with minimal use of modern machines. A special bonus for me was to find out that the Borders tradition of community woodlands is still alive and well. Tim Stead would be proud of the work that is continuing in this beautiful part of Scotland.

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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

A first class introduction to working with green wood delivered in a friendly, informative manner which could be understood by someone like me who was only vaguely familiar with the tools & terminology. I have a fabulous chair, made by Me,of which I am extremely proud. All credit & thanks to the team delivering the course & to my fellow attendees who were excellent company. Have already booked next venture!

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A Rustic Chair Making Weekend

The learning experience was ensured by the skill of the explanations and assistance, and for me the balance of supervision and letting get on with the job was well judged. The other students were good company and great all round start to green wood working.
Thinking of the next box: despite all the possibilities of a different outcome, I still have 5 functioning digits on each hand and foot!

- - #1130


A Stool Making Day

Very good course,excellent tutors who did not interfere but were always available. Health and safety on a course using sharp tools is very important and the tutors managed their obligations well without being overly fussy. Could recommend chair making to anyone who likes wood and working with their hands and brains.

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A Stool Making Day

I really needed a break from the routine - to reconnect my brain with my hands. The atmosphere was supportive and very much tailored to individual ability and experience. I felt that I learned so much, and know that future efforts will benefit from that practical experience. I'm very proud of the chair that I made, and will haunt my family forever to make sure that it's handed down through the generations.

- - #1014


A Stool Making Day

What a fantastic day out! Exceeded all my expectations! Had an amazing time and everyone there looked the same. I learned a huge amount in what seemed to be a very short period of time and came away with a stool that now sits pride of place in my living room. I would well and truly recommend this course to anyone with or without a keen interest in wood work. Thanks very much to Gail, Dave and Eoin, will 100% be back to sample the chair or bench course this year at some point!

- - #946

A Stool Making Day

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A Stool Making Day

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A Stool Making Day

I had a great day last weekend, shaping a big tree trunk into a stool. Idylic rustic setting where it never rains and a day full of good instruction and chat about the what, how and why of wood working. If you have toyed with the idea of doing a bit wood work then go on the course. You'll really enjoy it.

- - #895


A Stool Making Day

Course was excellent - five stars! Learned a lot and was really entertaining as well (down to the teachers!). In a beautiful court yard so a really nice spot to spend the day. The most fun I have had making stools!

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A Stool Making Day

This course is brilliant. I went along thinking I might learn how to use a saw, and came away with a whole stool, some top knowledge on timber, and inspired that a place like this has grown up over 30 years and is going strong. Super fun, beautiful setting, great company. Thanks so much.

- - #889


A Stool Making Day

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A Stool Making Day

A lovely day working with wood in an attractive courtyard with supportive companions and alert leaders - as soon as anyone needed extra help and guidance, it was there. We were reluctant to stop for lunch as we were so involved in trying to shave rough wood to smooth round legs. Lots of laughs too. I think were all surprised and delighted with what we had created.

- - #803