Creative nature HQ crafts classes in London
Creative nature HQ crafts classes in London

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Creative nature HQ

17 reviews
17 reviews

Creative nature HQ is a collective of artists, makers and designers who believe that we are all inherently creative. It is their job as teachers to nurture and reveal these qualities in every one we teach. Creative nature HQ have defined five disciplines that encompass all the skills of our group: to draw, carve, build, weave and cast.

You can access these workshops in different studios around south London. Their main location is Creative Nature HQ , East Greenwich, that specialises in wood carving, weaving and construction on a monumental scale. We love to teach, to give people the confidence to use tools and with that a confidence grows and a world of making opens up before them.

Stephen Stockbridge is the director of Creative nature HQ, from this tranquil making space Stephen shares his passion for making with natural materials. Slowing down, being in the moment and fully engaged with what you are doing is the foundation of everything that happens here.

Come join the club, learn, live and make! Looking forward to meeting you.

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AJ
24 Jan
As a total novice, I did not know what to expect but was curious about willow weaving. Stephen was very personable and we had good chats while we were working. He showed me a range of willow rods and how they could be used and by the end of the afternoon we had produced a marvellous willow sculpture. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to try out sculptural willow weaving. The venue is set amidst an industrial area right on the Thames, so is very atmospheric.
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Anonymous
7 Apr
Teaching was informative and friendly. The venue is well supplied with equipment required and has free on site car parking as well as a cafe with a outdoor terrace with a view of the river.
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Anonymous
8 Apr
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.
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Anonymous
8 Apr
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.

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AJ
24 Jan
As a total novice, I did not know what to expect but was curious about willow weaving. Stephen was very personable and we had good chats while we were working. He showed me a range of willow rods and how they could be used and by the end of the afternoon we had produced a marvellous willow sculpture. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to try out sculptural willow weaving. The venue is set amidst an industrial area right on the Thames, so is very atmospheric.
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Anonymous
7 Apr
Teaching was informative and friendly. The venue is well supplied with equipment required and has free on site car parking as well as a cafe with a outdoor terrace with a view of the river.
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Anonymous
8 Apr
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.
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Anonymous
8 Apr
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.
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Stephen
9 Apr
A fantastic experience for me and my friend. Stephen is a wonderful tutor, of whom is patient, informative and a great laugh. My friend and I had never carved before and were a little nervous. But with the great environment and the people we were working with, it felt very natural. The idea that the sculpture, we were working on, being donated to a local park, made the experience even more fulfilling. Will book another class soon and bring more friends!
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Anonymous
9 Apr
I had a fantastic time on this course. I learned so much about woodcarving and working on such a large bit of tree was quite awe inspiring. The other students were a great bunch and the fact that the finished sculpture will be donated to a local site made us all feel very engaged. Working collectively was a good lesson in team support. By the end of the course I felt like I'd really achieved something special.
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Michele Petit-Jean
9 Oct
It was fun informative and Srephen is a gifted teacher.
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Stephen
5 Dec
Stephen creates a wonderful atmosphere of group togetherness which produces a feeling of working as a team in a safe environment. Guidance, assistance and encouragement provided is there as and when required allowing scope for all involved to feel that they are contributing to a collective objective.
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Stephen
5 Dec
I had a amazing day at Creative Nature HQ. The teacher/artist, Stephen, was very friendly and has incredible knowledge of wood carving/sculpture and wood working tools. Stephen started by welcoming me and making me a nice cup of tea. I enjoyed my tea as he gave me a tour of the studio/workshop and its facilities. During the walk around he explained and demonstrated what the tools are and how they are used. After this introduction I was shown how to make a mallet out of a solid piece of Ash. This is a very simple and clever process which was really satisfying to do. After lunch I learnt how strip the bark from a large oak tree trunk. I then got involved in some large tree trunk carving (be warned this is highly addictive :-) ). I sculpted by using a variety of specialist carving chisels and of course the mallet I had made earlier. All in all the day was very enjoyable. The studio is spacious and bright and Stephen was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommend this class.......Great day. Thank you Stephen.
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Ar
7 Feb
Stephen is very passionate about what he does and bringing craft skills to any and anyone. He introduced us to the various pieces and projects he has worked on over the years showing us the scope of practice, sparking our imagination. We worked in a small team on a joint project, creating a large animal assembled out of wood. We axed into trunks, sawed, carved -did absolute everything from scratch being taught about the types of wood and tools appropriate along the way. I was very skeptical at first I could keep up with everyone but because the team was small, we all had a chance to get involved in all aspect and I quickly grew in confidence. Most of us ended up focussing on a particular part of the animal, Stephen trusting our creative skill no matter now new were were to the craft. The independence we were given was fab and I managed to explore each part of the creative process which surprised me. I came into the class having never carved a single thing, and left craving for more! I can't wait to clear up some space in my timetable as I truly hope to come back again soon!
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Roger Fenn
1 Dec
We learnt to fashion a spoon with an axe and carve it with straight and curved knives. A very enjoyable afternoon with a helpful and friendly teacher.
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Duygu
21 Dec
Amazing day, learnt all the basics and laughed a lot with a lovely bunch of people, the time flew by without realising!
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Anonymous
21 Dec
Amazing class and teacher, strongly recommended to all age groups
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Bernard
8 Jan
Really enjoyed the spoon carving course. A relaxed and informative afternoon. Stephen is a great teacher: knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Look forward to the next one!
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Lisa Mills
8 Jan
What a delightful afternoon! Learning to use an axe as well as knife exceeded any expectation I may have had about the class. Stephen was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and as helpful as we wanted him to be. I would certainly recommend the class to anyone - I did it with my daughter and her beau and we all three enjoyed it.
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Tracey
15 Jan
Fantastic afternoon spent making a wooden spoon. Stephen was very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the craft. He encourages your own artistic style to develop and guides without imposing his view. His anything and everything is possible attitude is refreshing. Using your hands deepens your appreciation of what’s actually involved in the process and at the end of the session, you have a spoon that you have bonded with and that will last forever! The venue is clean warm and is well equipped with everything you need to carve and make a spoon. I can’t recommend this course highly enough and I’d love to go back!!
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Ryan
6 Feb
Stephen was a really nice guy and is very knowledgable. The class had quite a meditative spin and made for a pleasant morning! My spoon didn't end up being anything special, I didn't even get to hollowing out the bowl, but I really enjoyed myself and it was great to learn some new skills. The work does get quite tiring, but if you aren't very strong Stephen had other strategies for carving that were a little easier on the arms. Can't recommend this enough if you're looking to try something a little bit different.