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William Barsley

Contact name: William Barsley
Total bookings
almost 3 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

William has enjoyed woodcarving from a young age and decided to pursue it more seriously in 2009. Over the next few years his passion continued to grow and, in 2013, William left his 9-5 job to travel the globe in search of inspiration from master woodcarvers, documenting his journey along the way. On returning to the UK, he enrolled on one of the best woodcarving courses in Europe, completing a three-year diploma in Historic Woodcarving and Gilding at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He has since completed a number of prestigious commissions such as for the Royal College of Arms and the Houses of Parliament.

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Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
26 Mar 23'

Paul reviewed: Carve a medieval knight | One-day woodcarving course - intermediate

"This was a great course, with lots achieved. William has amazing carvings with all the knowledge that comes with it. He was a fantastic instructor, with historical knowledge and very personal. I would definitely recommend him again!!"

William Barsley responded:

"Thanks Charlie, it was great to meet you and I was seriously impressed by what you achieved. Particularly since you hadn't carved before. Best of luck with it and I look forward to welcoming you back on a course again. "

29 Oct 22'

Sharon Jones reviewed: One-day woodcarving for beginners

"An excellent course, Will is really helpful & let’s you go at your own pace. I learnt what tools to use for what & came away with a carving I never thought I could do and I was very impressed with. Thank you, definitely recommend "

William Barsley responded:

"Thank you Sharon. It was a fun days carving and a pleasure to meet you. "

16 Aug 22'

Mike Kelly reviewed: Two-day woodcarving for beginners

"Very good course, straight into it. Lots of good advice and information. (Get those chisels sharp!!)"

3 Apr 22'

Jessica reviewed: Two-day woodcarving for beginners

"Will is an excellent instructor. I was impressed how he was able to create a safe, supportive and fun learning environment for our group in such a short span of time. He helped each of us choose, design and execute our own projects, carefully guiding us through the wood carving process, while making sure that each of us felt sufficiently challenged considering our respective levels of experience and interest in taking the course. I can't wait to get my own set of chisels so I can continue my projects at home and hope to have the chance to learn more from Will in the future. I highly recommend this course!"

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