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It's Never too Late !!! A New Enthusiasm !!!

If you have ever been to a Fayre, seen a traditional pole-lathe wood-turner and fancied having a go... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Old Stratford, United Kingdom
Excellent taster course in pole lathe use

Simon provided clear, informative and patient training to enable a complete novice to have... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Helen Y
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8 Jul 2018
“It's Never too Late !!! A New Enthusiasm !!!”
12 Nov 2017
“Excellent taster course in pole lathe use”
I am a traditional Pole Lathe Turner and greenwood worker, with the remit of bringing back this traditional craft into the public eye.
Wantage Road | Snelsmore Common Country Park, Newbury RG14 3BE, England
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

If you have ever been to a Fayre, seen a traditional pole-lathe wood-turner and fancied having a go ….. this is definitely the course for you. I have no woodwork skills but now I feel I might have !!! Simon is an extremely patient, clear...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Simon provided clear, informative and patient training to enable a complete novice to have confidence in the use of axes and draw knife, as well as of turning wood on a pole lathe. I plan to return for a follow-up course.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Helen Y
Reviewed 27 April 2017

What a gem. The perfect spot in the woods to learn about wood and what you can craft out of it. Simon and Nigel were welcoming, knowledgeable and patient. Nigel, spoon carver extraordinaire, knows all you need to know about the craft, materials, tools, and...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank j0af
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

What a unique experience Simon offers. Set in the beauty of snelsmore common, Simon has a corner of the entrance area, where he is very well set up with shelter and a kettle over an open fire. Simon is a highly skilled craftsman who is...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 24 April 2016

So much to say, Simon is such a lovely guy, incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and a great tutor. His passion for his craft and his skill shine through!Treated my husband to a days course where he learned all about green wood turning, selecting wood, all the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Lyndsey K
Reviewed 5 July 2015

I spent a fantastic day with Simon learning how to make a wooden bowl on a traditional pole lathe. We started with a half log, cut it to a bowl like shape with an axe and a handsaw. We fixed it to the lathe and...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Adam M
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