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Make a Bread Board, for beginners!

4.9(143 reviews)
The Beginners Woodworking Workshop is a one day course where you will learn to make a bread board in just a few hours!
Woolwich
In-person
£125 pp
4hrs
Beginner
Next available date:28th July 2024
What happens in this class?

Join us for a one-day beginners woodworking course to make a personalised bread board.

In this beginners woodwork course, students will learn how to make beautiful wooden bread board. the course will cover how to join together the wood and the various machines and tools needed to get a high quality finish to your piece.

You'll learn how to safely and confidently use various machinery and hand tools in the workshop, including the mitre saw, band saw, drill press and sanders - with the possibility of the table saw, jointer and planer. Therefore the course is great for beginners…

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Things to remember

An apron, tools and materials will be provided, but we do recommend you wear old clothes.

Please note that the course will take approximately 4 hours.

NB: We do not accept entry to our classes 15 minutes after the listed start date. This is to ensure our students have a…

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Latest Reviews
4.9(143 reviews)
Martin - 15 June 2024
Well paced, clearly taught session. Friendly and knowledgeable tutor and had fun using the machinery that I hadn’t used before. Excellent result, proud of the bread board I made and will be using it for many years to come!
Alice - 28 May 2024
I had a really great afternoon at the workshop. It was calm, friendly and well organised. The instructions were clear and we had lots of time to practise on scraps before making our final boards. I was surprised how much I loved using the power tools and the resulting bread boards, sanded and oiled, were beautiful. Highly recommended.
Neil - 11 May 2024
The course is fantastic and definitely lived up to my expectations. I feel that it offered a great balance between education on why we were doing things in certain ways, while also just letting us get on with it. I’m looking forward to doing some further courses with the team here.
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Booking Options
4hrs workshop1 class
£125
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Age Requirement

16

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Your Teacher

Richard has been teaching this intro class since 2018 after realising that all the challenges of working with epoxy resin were bound to be frustrating aspiring makers around the world as much as they were for him. After realising that working with epoxy resin was actually quite easy once you knew a few simple tricks and the basic principles, he started inviting you to join him in the workshop to master the tricks of the trade for yourself. Have a look at our reviews on Obby or head over to our instagram to see some of our most recent classes…

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Class Location
The River Shop
Woolwich
TB-05 Thames Side Studios
Unit 8, Harrington Way
SE18 5NR
London

Reviews

Martin - 15 June 2024
Well paced, clearly taught session. Friendly and knowledgeable tutor and had fun using the machinery that I hadn’t used before. Excellent result, proud of the bread board I made and will be using it for many years to come!
Alice - 28 May 2024
I had a really great afternoon at the workshop. It was calm, friendly and well organised. The instructions were clear and we had lots of time to practise on scraps before making our final boards. I was surprised how much I loved using the power tools and the resulting bread boards, sanded and oiled, were beautiful. Highly recommended.
Neil - 11 May 2024
The course is fantastic and definitely lived up to my expectations. I feel that it offered a great balance between education on why we were doing things in certain ways, while also just letting us get on with it. I’m looking forward to doing some further courses with the team here.
Anne - 8 May 2024
Amazing afternoon of tuition and fun at the Rivershop. Top class guidance in a small group with time to get to grips with power tools. I’m definitely heading back for another course soon or maybe a matching pair of breadboards!
Jess - 30 April 2024
Had an amazing time - learnt a lot!
Jess - 30 April 2024
Had an amazing time - learnt a lot!
Marina - 29 April 2024
Workshop was good. Teacher was informative and friendly. I did not like that you must write a review to get your item shipped for free. Class is not cheap so I think it should be included regardless. Not everyone likes writing reviews or have the time to do so.
Marina - 29 April 2024
Workshop was good. Teacher was informative and friendly. I did not like that you must write a review to get your item shipped for free. Class is not cheap so I think it should be included regardless. Not everyone likes writing reviews or have the time to do so.
Tanvi - 29 April 2024
Enjoyed the class. A few health and safety concerns when using power tools and felt the teacher should have been a bit more present during this part, however overall a good experience and in fairness, we were a big group.
Tanvi - 29 April 2024
Enjoyed the class. A few health and safety concerns when using power tools and felt the teacher should have been a bit more present during this part, however overall a good experience and in fairness, we were a big group.
undefined - 29 April 2024
I can highly recommend this workshop. Richard took the time to explain the theory behind the processes used and we had the opportunity to practice each step before applying what we’d learned, to make our board. The class was fun, the pace was relaxed, I learned a lot and I love my breadboard!
undefined - 29 April 2024
The breadboard course was excellent. I had very little experience in working with wood and the tools required for this. With Richard's explanations and guidance though, I was able to produce a board I am very happy with. He goes at a good pace, answers any questions and gives you the confidence to produce a piece you will be proud of. I look forward to my next project!
undefined - 29 April 2024
I really enjoyed the Bread Board workshop - the class was relaxed, informative and fun. Richard shared his experience and love for woodwork and we all created unique pieces under his guidance. I'd highly recommend this class.
Katie Griffiths - 25 April 2024
Learnt a lot about the process and reasons behind what we were doing. Instructor was friendly and the class was fun. Organising the class was also done well and they were accomdating as well :)
Katie Griffiths - 25 April 2024
Learnt a lot about the process and reasons behind what we were doing. Instructor was friendly and the class was fun. Organising the class was also done well and they were accomdating as well :)
Tom - 20 April 2024
The teacher was friendly and informative, and the result looked great. There were some safety issues with power tool usage which I have discussed privately with the organizers - they have said these will be addressed.
Emma - 19 April 2024
I had a great time making a breadboard and learned lots of new skills
Vivian - 18 April 2024
Really enjoyed the workshop, very excited to use my bread board!
Sophie Couter - 18 April 2024
The teacher was very knowledgable and the class was excellent.
Alice Tustian - 18 April 2024
It was great fun! Very helpful teacher and the workshop was awesome.
May - 18 April 2024
It was a great activity for a Hen Do! 😁
May - 18 April 2024
It was a great activity for a Hen Do! 😁
Jamea - 8 April 2024
It was amazing! We enjoyed the workshop with my partner! We'll be back for another class!
Jamea - 8 April 2024
It was amazing! We enjoyed the workshop with my partner! We'll be back for another class!
undefined - 8 April 2024
It was amazing! We enjoyed the workshop with my partner! We'll be back for another class!
undefined - 25 March 2024
The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable, the instructor was very knowledgeable and patient with all attendees of the class. The end product looks amazing and I can't wait to show off my new breadboard! Definitely considering signing up the the epoxy class next!
Simon - 4 March 2024
Very fun class covering a number of tools and techniques
Marvin - 2 March 2024
Doing the class was great fun. Our teacher Dan was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Claire - 27 February 2024
I really enjoyed this course. Although a complete novice everything was explained really well, I learnt how to use lots of different tools and machinery and I ended up actually making something that I will be proud to use at home. Brilliant!
Lloyd Whitworth - 27 February 2024
Excellent course, really enjoyed it. Good environment, equipment and knowledgable engaging coach.
Ian Davis - 27 February 2024
Knowledgeable & helpful tutor, detailed instruction on how to operate routers, chop saws & belt sander in well equipped workshop. Will definitely attend another course at River Workshop!
Ian Davis - 27 February 2024
Knowledgeable & helpful tutor, detailed instruction on how to operate routers, chop saws & belt sander in well equipped workshop. Will definitely attend another course at River Workshop!
Thomas Blackburn - 14 February 2024
An all round excellent course. Learnt lots, very informative, left feeling very inspired! Would love to come back!
Thomas Blackburn - 14 February 2024
An all round excellent course. Learnt lots, very informative, left feeling very inspired! Would love to come back!
Matt Graux - 7 February 2024
A truly unique experience. It was a really well run course, with great teachers, great tools and great equipment. Not only that, but you also end up with a great breadboard (which will last a long long time) as a reminder of your day. Couldn't recommend this course enough. 10/10!
LORENZO ARBE - 7 February 2024
It was good fun and good team building! Tho I haven't gotten my board!
Matt Doran - 31 January 2024
From the moment we arrived there was a welcoming attitude. Both of the instructors were so willing to help and were incredibly patient as we grappled with machinery and skills for the first time. All in all, it was a really rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Matt Doran - 31 January 2024
From the moment we arrived there was a welcoming attitude. Both of the instructors were so willing to help and were incredibly patient as we grappled with machinery and skills for the first time. All in all, it was a really rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Rebecca Ellis - 30 January 2024
I had a fantastic time. The instructors are super nice. There's an emphasis on safety which is much appreciated for a beginner like me! Many tips were given that would apply outside the workshop as well and I feel like I've learned tons. I'd highly recommend it.
Alice McInulty McInulty - 29 January 2024
I bought the breadboard class for my boyfriends Christmas present and it was absolutely brilliant - Richard took time to explain everything in great detail to make sure we understood every process. I had a really great afternoon and came away with something I’m really proud of - can’t recommend this enough. We’ll definitely be back to try another class
Stephanie Jordan - 25 December 2023
It was a great workshop, great teacher. All questions were answered and it was a great atmosphere !
Alex Andronic - 25 December 2023
The breadboard workshop was very good. I learned a lot and it just opened the door for many woodworking projects to come. I would recommend it to anyone in the beginning who is curious about woodworking.
Charlie - 19 December 2023
I had such a great time at this session! It was perfect for a total beginner like me and it felt great to have made something by the end of it. The teacher Dan was very patient, informative and helpful throughout. Highly recommended!
Georgie Walker - 18 December 2023
Really enjoyable. Dan (instructor) was great - super knowledgeable and interested in his profession. Could have been more practical would be only ask!
Ahmed Abouzid - 27 November 2023
The teacher was very helpful and friendly, time flew by and wanted to learn more about the different machines and wood. The venue has different people working there so it was great seeing other creatives in action
Chris Burrell - 27 November 2023
Brilliant class with great tuition and experience of using woodworking tools
Martin - 6 November 2023
What a great class. We made a breadboard and were shown how to use all of the necessary power tools to achieve this. We were told about different wood types, how to arrange the wood so that the grain was appropriate for shopping, how to use a mitre saw, how to use a belt sander, how to create corners and edges. I would like to come back and make something else!
Martin Waplington - 6 November 2023
What a great class. We made a breadboard and were shown how to use all of the necessary power tools to achieve this. We were told about different wood types, how to arrange the wood so that the grain was appropriate for shopping, how to use a mitre saw, how to use a belt sander, how to create corners and edges. I would like to come back and make something else!
Carla - 5 November 2023
Great class. The instructor made sure to explain clearly every step of the way and how to use the machines properly to avoid accidents. We end up with a beautiful bread board. Definitely recommend and will do the epoxy class soon.
Sophie - 30 October 2023
Really enjoyed this class. I learnt something completely new and had fun whilst gaining confidence in sawing and sanding with power tools. I'm so happy with how my board turned out, can't wait to show it off.
Adam Richmond - 18 October 2023
The course was a lot of fun, it was very easy for a complete beginner to produce something really nice. I learnt a lot of useful info and the instructor was very patient, helpful, and knowledgeable.
Beth - 27 September 2023
The bread board class was excellent! Great level for beginners and very informative with the right blend of useful wood working knowledge and learning the practical skills.
Reza - 25 September 2023
Had a great time making the cutting board, Dan was super helpful in explaining all the steps from tool use to safety and general woodwork tips. Highly recommend to anyone considering starting their woodwork journey :)
Donna Noel - 25 September 2023
The bread board making workshop was a lot of fun. The teachers are really knowledgeable and supportive.
Annabel Mander - 25 September 2023
Really enjoyed the breadboard making. The group was a good size, and the class really well paced. Got to learn different tools and techniques and really pleased with the end result. Thanks Dan!
Jacqui - 22 September 2023
Absolutely loved the breadboard making class from arrival to finish. During the course our teacher Dan enhanced our knowledge of types and suitability of different woods. We learnt how to use electric power tools for cutting, sanding and routing with plenty of practice before starting on our breadboard. The finished breadboard was the icing on the cake!
Fabio - 22 September 2023
The breadboard workshop is a fantastic activity that is perfect for beginners. It offers an enjoyable experience and would make an excellent gift for anyone interested in woodworking but hasn’t had the opportunity to try it. As someone who attended the workshop as a complete novice, I found it to be a fun experience with friendly staff. However, there were a few aspects that made the overall experience less than perfect: The course is quite expensive, but unfortunately, you don’t have the option to choose the wood you’ll be working with. This can lead to inconsistent results across sessions, including variations in breadboard wood quality, final product aesthetics, and feel. Given the price, I would have preferred the ability to select my own wood. Additionally, you aren’t allowed to take your piece home after the workshop, and delivery is not included. To receive your breadboard, you must write a review, which will then be shipped to you free of charge. Otherwise you need to go to the workshop a second time to take your piece. During my visit, the workshop was plagued by electrical problems that forced me to return twice without any compensation or benefits to make up for the inconvenience. On my second visit, I had to sit through an hour of the course that I had already completed without any additional tasks, which was rather dull. It would have been appreciated if more care had been taken in handling this situation. Overall, despite these issues, it was still an enjoyable experience.
Francesca - 22 September 2023
The breadboard workshop is a fun and beginner-friendly activity . I would recommend it as a gift for someone who is interested in woodworking but never got the chance to do anything of sort. I went there as a complete novice, the experience was fun and everyone was friendly and patient! That said, there were a couple of things that made the whole experience less than a 10/10: 1. The course is reasonably expensive, but for the price you cannot choose the wood that you are working with. This leads to some pretty inconsistent results across sessions, with breadboard wood quality, final product aesthetics, and feel that can vary. I would have preferred choosing my wood for the price. 2. Similarly, you cannot take your piece home after the workshop, and delivery is not included. You have to write a review to have the breadboard shipped to you for free. 3. The workshop was marred by electrical problems when I was there, which forced me to return twice without any discount or benefit to make up for the trouble. On the second occasion, I had to attend an hour of the course that I had already completed without any additional tasks, which was quite boring. A bit more care while dealing with the situation would have been appreciated. Overall still quite fun as an experience even if lacking a bit of general care dealing with costumers! I hope this review helps!
Marion Vernon - 18 September 2023
Very enjoyable in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
Cheryl - 18 September 2023
Really great class with Dan! My fiance and I learned so much and cannot believe we built something so amazing with our own two hands.
William Tibbits - 11 September 2023
Great workshop! Dan explained the process, tools and other equipment really well. We made lovely items and I now feel much more confident to tackle my own projects.
Peter Webster - 11 September 2023
Really enjoyed the beginners woodworking: make a breadboard workshop. Great instructor, clear instructions for each machine used. Good pace. Would definitely recommend. I will be looking at other courses. Thanks for a great afternoon.
Daniel Campagne - 11 September 2023
The breadboard making workshop I attended was great! Our instructor Dan gave us lots of detailed explanations and tips and tricks, the workshop is equipped with some great kit and you get loads of hands on practice with it. Highly recommended and I’ll definitely be in touch again with the Rivershop for some personal projects, can’t wait!
Colin Wilby - 11 September 2023
Really enjoyed the course. Lots of hands-on practice with key woodworking equipment and practical tips for future projects.
Zanete - 10 September 2023
I had been massively looking forward to this class and it did not disappoint, quite the opposite. We had the opportunity to try out different power tools and ask any questions, about any aspect of woodworking. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, and the end result of my breadboard was way better than I had expected!
Alexandria Nash - 2 July 2023
We loved our bread board making experience! The boards looked great at the end and are definitely nice enough to use at home. The session was also really enjoyable as it was a good mix of tasks, including a lot of time to practice skills on the machines, which was a lot of fun!
Hadiah Alquhais - 26 June 2023
I did really enjoyed the experience . It was fun and interesting. Both of the instructors were helpful, gave us good and easy tips. The place was neat and clean. I would recommend it..
Claire Barthaux - 26 June 2023
Attended the Sunday workshop with instructor Dan. It was very nice, very informative, and hands on.
Ron Hasson - 26 June 2023
We had great time! Thank you Dan & Richard! It was fun and educational!
Robin Molloy - 26 June 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed the class. It’s amazing just how much is covered in the short space of time. Theory, glueups, table saws, table & handheld routers, sanding, planing, oiling … this class had it all. Both instructors are great, super patient and open to any questions you might have. This has really sparked my interest in woodworking and I’ll certainly be back for another session!
Claudia - 26 June 2023
I had the best afternoon going through the process of making things out of wood; we learned to use a bunch of different tools and see a small project (in this case, a gorgeous breadboard) through from start to (oily) finish. There was also some basic theory in how wood behaves and how to use those factors to make longer-lasting pieces which I really appreciated. Will definitely be back to learn something new!
Isabella Santa Cruz - 3 June 2023
We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We were absolute beginners and only one of us was particularly keen at the start but now we’re looking to book another! Dan was a brilliant & engaging teacher and the class exceeded our expectations! Thank you!
Pancho - 29 May 2023
Great experience!
Madeleine - 17 May 2023
I attended the breadboard making course for beginners and had the best time! Richard was a skilled and engaging teacher who took us through the steps at the perfect pace whilst still allowing us to feel autonomous in the process. I’m so happy with the board I made, it looks super professional and feels amazing to have made it myself. Would definitely recommend :)
Uli Sigg - 8 May 2023
I enjoyed making my own breadboard. I was surprised by how much I learned within a short time and how easy it was to produce, as commented by my son, an “insanely good breadboard”. The instructors, Dan and Richard, were patient and thorough in their explanations. The course didn’t feel rushed and allowed people of differing skill sets to have fun.
Kei - 5 May 2023
I bought tickets to this workshop as a birthday present for my husband. We both really enjoyed it - Dan and Richard were great teachers and we're pleased with the boards we made. I'd recommend this workshop for beginners.
Natasha - 5 May 2023
Would've liked more time to practice with the equipment but the board looks great and it was an enjoyable morning.
Maria - 3 May 2023
We had an awesome time making bread boards with Dan & Richard! The guys had lots of patience explaining how things worked and we were able to try a bit of everything in the workshop. Final result looks so good, too!
Lambros Demetriou - 1 May 2023
A great introduction to woodworking. Low pressure environment and a great instructor made it a wonderful experience!
Tim - 27 April 2023
Good introduction to bread board making, simple to do and didn’t take as long as I was expecting
Neil - 21 April 2023
This was a good beginners course for learning some of the basics of woodworking. Dan was good at explaining everything as we went through the course and also made sure everyone was enjoying it. We had plenty of time to practice with the machines before finishing off our own boards. I enjoyed the day and would recommend for any other beginners.
George Pearson - 2 April 2023
I had a really good time doing this course and recommend it. The level was perfect for me as a beginner - not too difficult but not too easy. Dan was a good teacher who explained things clearly and helped whenever needed. We were given plenty of time to practice with the woodworking machinery before starting on our breadboards. I thought that the day was great overall and to my surprise I ended up with a pretty decent looking breadboard. I even enjoyed having wonder around this inserting part of London at lunch to find a cafe.
Mattias - 26 February 2023
Another great class from Richard at 'The River Shop'. This was about making a Bread Board using wood. As in the previous classes, there was a lot of useful information provided for general woodworking but also some specific for joinery, from the glue to use to the direction of the wood grain. Once again, thanks a lot for the class! I will be back for more!
Caroline and Brian - 24 February 2023
My partner and I both did todays course. Brian was more experienced and I was a totally beginner. The course worked brilliantly for both of us. Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher and made the whole day fun and informative for both of us. Would throughly recommend.
Caroline and Brian - 24 February 2023
My partner and I both did todays course. Brian was more experienced and I was a totally beginner. The course worked brilliantly for both of us. Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher and made the whole day fun and informative for both of us. Would throughly recommend.
Caroline and Brian - 24 February 2023
My partner and I both did todays course. Brian was more experienced and I was a totally beginner. The course worked brilliantly for both of us. Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher and made the whole day fun and informative for both of us. Would throughly recommend.
Caroline and Brian - 24 February 2023
My partner and I both did todays course. Brian was more experienced and I was a totally beginner. The course worked brilliantly for both of us. Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher and made the whole day fun and informative for both of us. Would throughly recommend.
Connor Cudmore - 31 January 2023
Amazing experience. An excellent class for true beginners in carpentry and woodwork. If you've never touched tools before, this is the class for you. Instructors were clear, patient, and fun! They explain the importance of every step and ask that you take the day seriously but without compromising your enjoyment. There's plenty of room to have a chat, and they encourage conversation whole-heartedly. This class is not intensive, there's room to breathe in the day and they don't rush you. The finished bread board looks great no matter how skilled you are, and you can be sure you're taking home something you can be proud of. A great class; an excellent experience whether you want to take your woodworking journey further or if you're just looking to try something outside of your comfort zone.
Ali - 30 January 2023
Very informative session, great to get hands on experience.
Ali - 30 January 2023
Very informative session, great to get hands on experience.
Roman - 28 January 2023
I had a very nice experience learning here. During this course I found out a lot of useful information about wood and how to deal with it. Also, teachers are kind, friendly and ready to help at any time.
Ali - 16 January 2023
Teaching was great for the 1 on 1 session, my only reservation is that we didn’t use the full time allocated and the actual things we made were very small.
Ali - 16 January 2023
Teaching was great for the 1 on 1 session, my only reservation is that we didn’t use the full time allocated and the actual things we made were very small.
Hema - 13 January 2023
Great class, step by step learning how to create the chopping/bread board, hands on using the machines and finishing the product. Good class with good details, and nice product at the end of it.
Bianca - 27 November 2022
This was a very first crafty workshop I have ever taken in my life and it was amazing. Having a desk job every day and getting the chance to do something so different totally made my day. Learning to do something from scratch, understand basics of woodcrafting and playing with so many machinery was really exciting. Also the fact that you actually take something home with you definitely makes this more attractive. Thanks to Richard for all his patience and help, I will definitely look into more workshops with him. Best of luck!
Florina - 26 November 2022
Really good class for someone who never tried building something with wood. Richard was a great teacher.
Benjamin Watson - 26 November 2022
Fantastic course and introduction to woodworking. Thanks Richard!
Dan - 5 November 2022
Great intro to wood machining! I recommend for those who are a bit afraid of manipulating some machines, making a breadboard is a perfect exercise to get your hands on those machines, with as super nice object to get after the course!
Sid - 4 November 2022
The breadboard making class for beginners was super enjoyable and Richard really does know wood 😆 it is a great course to kick start any ambitions working with wood and it was overall a super fun day. Highly recommended!!
Catherine Jones - 3 November 2022
This was an excellent class taking us through the creation of a breadboard and how to safely use all of the power tools. We had clear demos and time to practice before we machined the final piece which was very useful. I am very happy with my final piece and would recommend this course.
Vanessa Smith - 29 October 2022
I loved every minute and plan to do more classes in the future! I have no knowledge of hand or power tools and this classes was so enjoyable that I want to repeat it! Making a breadboard was like earning a medal!
Ruby Fard - 29 October 2022
Such a great course and learnt so much in one day! Perfect balance of hands on practical experience and learning. Loved it and would highly recommend. Richard is such an engaging tutor which makes it even more fun and easy to digest, no matter what your level of experience is! Will definitely be booking on one of the other classes.
Josh - 29 October 2022
An excellent course with solid guidance in how to use all sorts of equipment and techniques. Well worth trying out!
Elliot Cockburn - 1 September 2022
Richard was great and explained things really clearly which was perfect if you’re a beginner as I am (or was!) the studio itself was in a really cool setting with all good vibes and community atmosphere. 10/10 would recommend. Cheers!
Lisa - 26 August 2022
I had an amazing day at the River Shop learning how to make a bread board. Richard is an excellent teacher and I really enjoyed his teaching techniques. I came away with good knowledge of cutting, sanding and using a router. Richard is friendly and approachable and already I am looking forward to my next course with him. I found woodwork addictive!
Tom - 30 May 2022
I really enjoyed the session. Richard was knowledgeable, patient, and very helpful throughout explaining each step in the process to make sure you really understood what you were doing.
Seb Place - 27 May 2022
Perfect course for a beginner to learn about wood and gain confidence using many different tools. Richard is a very informative and friendly instructor. I had a lot of fun and would highly recommend this course to anyone.
Helen Tarry - 27 May 2022
Richard was a excellent teacher informative and knowledgeable. The venue was well equipped. We were able to use the machinery and tools to make a bread board. Would be good to be able to make the whole project from scratch over 2 days rather than the initial laminating done for us. Would thoroughly recommend the venue and the tutor. Looking forward to doing another course.
Helen Tarry - 27 May 2022
Richard was a excellent teacher informative and knowledgeable. The venue was well equipped. We were able to use the machinery and tools to make a bread board. Would be good to be able to make the whole project from scratch over 2 days rather than the initial laminating done for us. Would thoroughly recommend the venue and the tutor. Looking forward to doing another course.
Helen Tarry - 27 May 2022
Richard was a excellent teacher informative and knowledgeable. The venue was well equipped. We were able to use the machinery and tools to make a bread board. Would be good to be able to make the whole project from scratch over 2 days rather than the initial laminating done for us. Would thoroughly recommend the venue and the tutor. Looking forward to doing another course.
Callum - 17 May 2022
The course was great - I learnt a lot and the teaching was really helpful. I would recommend anyone looking to learn about woodworking.
Greg Soder - 5 May 2022
The whole experience was fantastic. The venue was perfect and Richard the perfect guide, giving you assistance where needed but leaving you to learn as much as possible for yourself too. I found it so rewarding to feel like I'd made something from almost nothing and would recommend this course to any beginner. For me this was exactly the right experience to have, so full credit to everyone involved in it. I shall be back for another course in the future!
Sarah Brown - 2 May 2022
A fantastic day working with wood. It is a real thrill to see the fruits of your efforts at the end of the day. Richard is an efficient, fun and insightful tutor. I'd recommend this class to anyone interested in wanting to gain some confidence and experience in working with wood.
Ben - 29 April 2022
Had a really fun day on the breadboard class. And ended up with - a very nice breadboard, chuffed! Great tuition, facilities, and fellow group of woodworkers. Highly recommend.
Carina Ferreira - 29 April 2022
Richard is a great teacher! The day goes by so quickly. It’s fun, exciting and even challenging at times. I enjoyed the entire process (including the heavy machines) and can’t wait to try the other courses.
Nora J. - 28 March 2022
I made a bread board, mission accomplished! It was a good atmosphere and Richard showed us all the cool saws/tools and let us use them - love the hands on vibe. It is also a very creative location. In terms of time: I was a bit confused at first whether it was 3,5 hours or 7,5 hours but Richard explained that it depends on the season and how long the glue needs to dry and also how many students there are. I would have loved to have more time at the beginning using the clamps, gluing the timbers together as I lack spatial awareness and it takes me a bit longer to understand such things. But all in all: highly recommend the workshop! And you can look forward to the giant sander...
Anna-Chiara Bellini - 27 March 2022
I spent a very enjoyable day at the Rivershop. Richard is a fantastic teacher, it's absolutely evident that he has a passion for teaching carpentry, and the machines in the workshop are astonishing! I loved making my breadboard, and I'll be back for more classes. Very pleasant atmosphere too.
Fred Merrett - 25 March 2022
Had a great time on the course. Found all the process rewarding and was pleased with the out come.
Fred Merrett - 25 March 2022
Had a great time on the course. Found all the process rewarding and was pleased with the out come.
Mike Cole - 4 March 2022
Having attended a beginner’s class in epoxy resin with The River Shop a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, I wanted to widen my knowledge of crafting skills with a beginners woodworking course. Starting from a basic knowledge that was just about sufficient to know which end to hold of a saw, I came with an open mind and a desire to pick up as much as I could learn. Richard was a superb instructor, making everyone feel at ease whatever one’s skill and knowledge level. Over the course of the day which flew past, I learnt to appreciate and understand wood and laminates and use a variety of power tools that previously I’d have struggled to plug in, let alone know what they did. And to cap it all, I was chuffed with the finished item. Only problem is I like it so much, i don’t know whether I’ll use it or frame it! Looking forward to booking another course with Richard and The River Shop.
Rufus - 1 March 2022
This was a fantastic experience. Richard, who runs the workshop, does a wonderful job of making sure you are always busy throughout the day. You are either learning techniques from his excellent, clear explanations or carrying out these newfound skills in practice. I was thrilled with how my board looked at the end of the day and had a great time making it. I cannot recommend this workshop and teacher highly enough!
Tegan Everett - 27 February 2022
Amazing experience, got it as a birthday gift. Pacing throughout the day was brilliant, really got to know about the process and techniques used in an engaging way. Made a fantastic chopping board that will last me a lifetime!
Tabitha Vidal - 26 February 2022
The workshop was excellent. A great combo of theory and practical demonstration, which all rolls into a day of making something beautiful and personal. I will definitely be back!
Debi - 17 February 2022
A truly fantastic class, I went solo and had a great time in the class and came away with a gorgeous board that I still can’t believe I made!
Bina - 15 February 2022
It was very informative, friendly and loads of fun. We were taught how to use so many different things and the rooms were full of tools and machines. It was inspirational and amazing time.
Karen - 30 January 2022
Extremely fun class! Richard was great in teaching and encouraging a lively conversation throughout. I feel like I've learnt a bunch of woodworking basics, and will definitely be back for Richard's other classes!
Karen - 30 January 2022
Extremely fun class! Richard was great at teaching and encouraging a lively conversation throughout. I feel like I've learnt a bunch of woodworking basics, and will definitely be back for Richard's other classes!
Yahia elgamal - 28 January 2022
It was great! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Richard is a great instructor, he doesn’t over-instruct and gives the space to really get a sense of the workshop. His communication is super clear. I never did any woodwork before, so learning the basics and getting a beautiful bread board while learning it is absolutely great. I have to say, the 4 hours we spent flew by like 4 minutes! A great opportunity to get a sense of woodworking! Thanks Richard & Georgina!
Yahia elgamal - 28 January 2022
It was great! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Richard is a great instructor, he doesn’t over-instruct and gives the space to really get a sense of the workshop. His communication is super clear. I never did any woodwork before, so learning the basics and getting a beautiful bread board while learning it is absolutely great. I have to say, the 4 hours we spent flew by like 4 minutes! A great opportunity to get a sense of woodworking! Thanks Richard & Georgina!
Yahia elgamal - 28 January 2022
It was great! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Richard is a great instructor, he doesn’t over-instruct and gives the space to really get a sense of the workshop. His communication is super clear. I never did any woodwork before, so learning the basics and getting a beautiful bread board while learning it is absolutely great. I have to say, the 4 hours we spent flew by like 4 minutes! A great opportunity to get a sense of woodworking! Thanks Richard & Georgina!
Yahia elgamal - 28 January 2022
It was great! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Richard is a great instructor, he doesn’t over-instruct and gives the space to really get a sense of the workshop. His communication is super clear. I never did any woodwork before, so learning the basics and getting a beautiful bread board while learning it is absolutely great. I have to say, the 4 hours we spent flew by like 4 minutes! A great opportunity to get a sense of woodworking! Thanks Richard & Georgina!
Anonymous - 21 December 2021
Excellent day. Richard was attentive and we came home with some work to be proud of.
Toby Dawson - 18 December 2021
The atmosphere was great, a lot more than just a board making course but a social and educational experience.
Angus Smith - 18 December 2021
Really great class. Richard taught in a very personable way. Seemed to really care about the students experience and the class was relaxed while structured and informative. Would highly recommend..
TH - 4 December 2021
Great class. Made a very nice end-grain chopping board, really exceeded my expectations in terms of product and range of techniques used. Richard is a very approachable teacher and clearly cares a lot about student outcomes. Plan to go back to do further projects under Richard's supervision.
Lewis - 27 November 2021
Happy to attend, would like to attend another one of the woodworking courses here!
Michael Fletchet - 17 May 2021
Fantastic service. Really friendly and approachable in every aspect!!! Deffo using again! Michael
Duncan Thomson - 1 February 2020
This was an excellent introduction to resin. Richard was a very natural and welcoming teacher. It was great to spend the afternoon with such friendly and interesting people, who all had so many ideas and questions to share.
Jane - 31 January 2020
Awesome course i did enjoy alot.
Zoe Shutler - 13 January 2020
Richard certainly knew what he was talking about. He gave us lots of tips and details of where we could purchase our own supplies. We were the second group to use their new workshop & in its present set up it would have been a tight squeeze if there had been more than 7 of us. Definitely recommend this course as a great taster as to what you can achieve with resin. Would like to receive details of more advanced/larger projects workshops
Caroline - 7 February 2019
This class was just what we were looking for. It was pitched perfectly for people with little woodworking experience but Richard was great at putting everyone at ease and giving people the right instruction and direction. What was really great was that he let you use the machines right from the off, trusting you to learn by doing which made everything even more rewarding. He was also very invested in how happy you were with your finished product, making sure you went home with something you were proud of. My only suggestion would be for slightly more options in terms of materials from which to choose at the start of the class.
Rebecca - 2 February 2019
A great class with a great teacher. I haven't stepped foot in a workshop since school so was somewhat nervous to begin with but Richard's knowledge and passion for woodworking really makes you feel at ease (especially when handling equipment). The class size is small (around six) which allows for one-on-one time with each student and definitely makes for a better learning experience. Overall, it was a great hands on experience learning about the structure, strength and durability of wood with a beautiful chopping board at the end (and the satisfaction of knowing you made it with your own hands!) Will definitely be enrolling in another course!
Nicola - 1 February 2019
Really enjoyed learning about the different grains of wood and using the tools in the workshop. Richard was very informative and certainly knows his stuff! I got to make my own serving board which was a present for my mum at Christmas, it now takes pride of place in her kitchen. Looking forward to trying the resin course.