Student Testimonials -
Had a really fun day, thank you Chris. His approach made learning the different stages and techniques really clear and simple, and was always helpful with advice as we made our way. He's obviously very skilled but makes the seamless transition to simple, actionable advice for newbies. Have already started carving spoons in the week since the course and look forwards to making more and doing more green wood carving generally (which I'm new too). Would highly recommend. And the food (esp the chutneys but the soup too) from Chris' mum was amazing too!
I was looking forward to the day carving in the woods --and I wasn't disappointed--an excellent welcome, setting and superb teacher happy to explain everything I needed and wanted to know in a relaxing and fun manner-Thank you Chris.
I left with a spoon that reminds me of the day,good company,food and drink (thanks Chris's Mum) and probably the start of a lifelong hobby and yet another excuse to sit quietly under a tree in the woods.
The course notes that were provided are excellent too--a real 15/10 day
Well what can I say, an absolutely fantastic day.
I learnt loads and thoroughly enjoyed myself. (I didn't want the day to end)
Chris is a very patient and supportive tutor who is full of encouragement. I came away at the end of the day with a greater understanding of wood, the craft of spoon making and full of inspiration.
What a wonderful setting, so tranquil and beautiful.
A lovely lunch and plenty of cake too.
I just want to say thank you Chris, and I will be back to try the pole lathe course.
Just off to my garage to start my next spoon :)Sue
Wow what a fantastic day and a brilliant and fulfilling course. Never thought for one minute I'd actually walk away with a recognisable spoon made by my own fair hands. Couldn't recommend this course highly enough. Set in beautiful tranquil surroundings such a satisfying way to spend a Saturday. Chris is a great teacher and very patient and giving with an endless stream of encouragement and passion for his crafts. Also to be congratulated is Chris's mum who lays on wonderful supply of tea, cake and exquisite lunch of homemade soup with a secret ingredient! We didn't want to leave and will certainly be back for more.
My daughter-in-law and I attended the one day spoon carving course on 14 May, 2016. Both of us enjoyed the course enormously - it was such a happy day and we learnt so much. Sophia has finished her spoon (and has started on another) but I am still working on mine! Our thanks to Chris for introducing us to such an enjoyable pastime.Mary
Just had to write a review to commend this brilliant course. My husband and I are both still buzzing from the highs of coming home with our very own spoony produce after a totally enjoyable & creative day with Chris in his woodland haven. We can already feel that his gentle but greatly informative teaching has lit a spark that will grow into a roaring flame of passion for this new creative avenue. Thank you Chris for sharing your knowledge and patience with us.
Our gratitude must also extend to Chris's Mum for providing fabulous fare throughout the day. It was all delicious (if totally diet-busting!). Our tums thank you, Mrs Allen!Gill
My fiancée booked me on this course as a birthday present and I can honestly say it's one of the best presents I have ever received.
Chris is an excellent teacher whose passion on the subject is contagious.
I would highly recommend this or any of Chris' courses to anyone.
A great setting with all the tools, wood, expertise and supervision to make for a excellent day's tuition. Highly recommended.