Friendly Forces Construction crafts classes in London
Friendly Forces Construction crafts classes in London

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Friendly Forces Construction

10 reviews
10 reviews

Richard is the director of Friendly Forces Construction; a company that focuses on the construction of domestic and commercial projects as well as offering interior design services. They are a dedicated team of carpenters, plumbers, decorators, painters, electricians, plasterers, landscapers and designers. After a very successful woodworking first class, Richard has decided to continue to offer it on certain Saturdays at his studio in Woolwich, London. He has since opened a new Epoxy Resin workshop, after using it in clients bespoke custom made furniture.

The courses will have limited space in each session to allow each member to have the one-on-one help needed throughout the day. If you have no experience working with wood or resin then don't worry! The team are there to help you as much as you need on the course.

The Beginners Woodworking Course is a one day course where you will learn to make either a personalised chopping or serving board in just a few hours! It is perfect not only for beginners but also for people who have had experience working with wood before. You will learn about the different types of wood grain that can be used to make the products and choose the pieces you'd like to work with before making your board and finally finishing it off by personalising it with a pyrography pen. Then it's ready to take home and enjoy!

Why not also try the new Epoxy Resin Course? You'll spend a day at Friendly Forces Construction's studio where you'll learn all about the properties and durability of resin and come away having made a chopping board or some wall art. Richard will be showing you how to use coloured Resin within woodwork.

Keep updated with examples of work and all our courses on Instagram : @ffc_courses

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Lucy
26 Mar
I went to this class with very little knowledge of epoxy resin and its uses but had seen the cool effects it can produce on instagram so thought i’d try something knew and out of my comfort zone. Richard and his wife (and their daughter Esme) were so welcoming and friendly! I felt confident knowing I had support the entire time but the freedom to experiment and get on with it myself. Richard’s directions and little nuggets of advice throughout were really helpful. All the instructions were clear and we all went at a good pace. The resources were great and I was able to work on this lovely bit of yew wood and had a range of great pigments to choose from for the resin. Overall, it was really fun and informative and I was really pleased with the outcome of my piece. Would recommend for anyone who has an interest in resin and the pieces of art it can produce. I will definitely look out for future workshops they’re running. - Lucy C
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Nicola
1 Feb
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.
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Rebecca
2 Feb
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!
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Caroline
7 Feb
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.

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Lucy
26 Mar
I went to this class with very little knowledge of epoxy resin and its uses but had seen the cool effects it can produce on instagram so thought i’d try something knew and out of my comfort zone. Richard and his wife (and their daughter Esme) were so welcoming and friendly! I felt confident knowing I had support the entire time but the freedom to experiment and get on with it myself. Richard’s directions and little nuggets of advice throughout were really helpful. All the instructions were clear and we all went at a good pace. The resources were great and I was able to work on this lovely bit of yew wood and had a range of great pigments to choose from for the resin. Overall, it was really fun and informative and I was really pleased with the outcome of my piece. Would recommend for anyone who has an interest in resin and the pieces of art it can produce. I will definitely look out for future workshops they’re running. - Lucy C
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Nicola
1 Feb
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.
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Rebecca
2 Feb
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!
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Caroline
7 Feb
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.
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Annette
26 Mar
Knowledgeable and patient leader - always interesting people who sign up - wish it was longer!!
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Marta
26 Mar
Great start to resin works, welcoming and nice class with good tips and guidance on what to buy and how it’s work. Highly recommend.
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Gabor
30 Mar
Richard was a great instructor, with many tips and tricks from his own experiences, which have proven really useful for us. He was a helpful, informative and relaxed teacher, making sure that everyone had what they needed and got the best out of the class. Both my wife and I had a great time, recommend this experience and would definitely do take a class again with Richard. Thank you!
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Simon
3 Apr
Workshop was great, well organised with Richard being a really helpful friendly instructor. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Kate McMullab
25 Apr
I attended the beginners Epoxy Resin Course and can't rate it highly enough. Richard was an excellent instructor and gave us enough space to learn whilst over seeing the class and all ways being on hand. He answered questions honestly and was open when he wasn't sure about the answer. All equipment was provided and as much resin as you wanted. I drove quite a way to attend this course but it was absolutely worth it. I can't wait to receive me piece once its cured.
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Meg
19 May
Great workshop! Really informative, worth taking if you're looking to learn the basics.