I recently had 1 to 1 tuition with Martin at the Black Dog workshop and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the day. My original intention was to tap into Martin’s incredible flare for texturing and colouring but it quickly became obvious that my time would be better spent learning more about the basics. That’s the great thing about a 1 to 1 session; you have the flexibility to revise the game plan without disrupting others. Instead of trying to set the world on fire with my Robert Sorby texturing tool, I adjusted my sites and concentrated instead on honing my tool skills, developing best finishing techniques and learning how to sharpen chisels to an unbelievable degree. All in all, it was a tremendous day that really delivered value for money. There’s no substitute for spending time in the company of a guy like Martin. You pick up so much so quickly. It’s amazing just how much info and technique can be imparted in such a relatively short time. I would also have to add, as many of those who have watched Martin’s videos already know, he is a natural communicator and all round good egg! The whole experience was therefore informative, relaxed and fun. I will certainly be going back for my texturing and colouring session at some stage and have no hesitation in commending this course to others.
Martin is very patient and excellent at explaining, not just how to use the tools / place your body, move, etc. but also why doing things a certain way is preferred and what effect it has on the piece. Martin explained what to look for when choosing a blank and how to choose which side of the blank to use for the face, etc. I learnt much more than just how to turn a bowl… I learnt about workshop safety and design of the piece amongst many other things, like choosing the right size drill bit for a screw chuck. Great value for money and highly recommended. I shall be back for the colouring workshop once I’ve perfected the skills learnt today. It was a great day, and thank you for your patience.