Contact Name: Tom
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The course was conducted as 3 hours per session over 8 weeks. Tom is very instructive and knowledgable, applying a hands-on approach to directing the correct techniques and tools for each week's project. The atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed with a maximum of 6 people per course. Tom's knowledge of the different types of wood, their applications, and how to shape, work and construct with them are straightforward and useful. Tom is also very approachable, with answers, guidance and practical demonstrations very forthcoming. There is a certain confidence that all techniques learnt from the course can easily be applied to one's own after-hours projects. I would happily recommend this course to any budding woodworker.
Tom is a patient and passionate teacher who approaches his work with real enthusiasm and insight. His teaching style is informal and entertaining, but when it comes to conveying the important points I found him to be very clear and thoughtful in how he explained things. The course focuses on the key skills and techniques that will form the foundation of any piece of work that you might undertake, using a few different short projects as a means of teaching all the key skills such as marking, cutting and chiseling by hand, and the use of various machines and jigs. For those who wanted more detail, he was always happy to answer questions and explain things beyond what we were working on that day, and his knowledge of wood, techniques and tools seems bottomless! Tom was always encouraging when things maybe didn't go quite as planned, and as the class was so small it meant he could always be on hand to help with people on an individual basis when they needed a hand. There was also generally a supply of biscuits on hand to keep you going!
I really enjoyed the course - Tom is passionate and extremely knowledgable and I loved the informal, relaxed environment, with only a small number of people in the class. Highly recommend!
Tom is a fantastic teacher and he has an amazing gift of being able to make you feel comfortable and like you're making progress even when you're finding something really difficult. I loved the woodwork for beginners course and got so much out of it - knowledge about what different types of wood, how to use machines, and most importantly how to saw in a straight line. I highly recommend this course!