Friendly Forces Courses crafts classes in London
Friendly Forces Courses crafts classes in London

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Friendly Forces Courses

44 reviews
44 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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Sarah
7 Jul
Absolutely brilliant workshop with lots of technical detail about resins, and good health and safety practice. Really pleased with the piece I made.
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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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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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Sarah
7 Jul
Absolutely brilliant workshop with lots of technical detail about resins, and good health and safety practice. Really pleased with the piece I made.
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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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Zoe Shutler
13 Jan
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
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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.
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Aga
25 May
Very good, I'd like more of such courses maybe covering Some furniture elements as well.
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Avinder
29 May
I loved every minute and learnt so much. Richard was really patient and helpful. It was so exciting to produce something so beautiful. It has inspired me to try this again.
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Emma
7 Jun
The Resin workshop was really interesting, Richard and his assistant were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and we couldn't have asked for a better teacher. The venue was easy to find, and in good order.
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Tilda
11 Jun
The basics of resin - mixing it together
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Jennifer
16 Jun
We felt like trying out something different and decided to give this workshop a go. We really enjoyed the workshop and learnt lots about working with Epoxy Resin and the realities of working with Epoxy Resin. We made really beautiful boards and look forward to getting them once cured. I would definately recommend this workshop and hopefully we may do another one of Richard's workshops in the future. Thanks very much Richard! Jen and Geoff
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Amy
28 Jun
Great to find a class dealing with epoxy resin in a furniture/woodcraft setting, rather than as jewellery - it's a really unique course in that sense. The instructor, Richard, is great - very knowledgeable and welcoming; and the class size is quite small so there's plenty of opportunity for one-on-one help and asking lots of questions. I'd really recommend this class to anyone with an interest in epoxy resin!
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Zainab
22 Jul
This class provided a great insight into epoxy resin! The teacher, Richard taught us allot in terms of preparation and health and safety. He talked us through everything we need or should consider before we even start creating our work. Very nice and friendly teaching in a lovely studio!
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Rui
22 Jul
I thoroughly enjoyed this beginners course. Richard is very friendly and makes you feel quite at ease. I liked very much the way he delivered the course with a warm and positive atmosphere in the workshop throughout the day. The course was excellent, with lots of knowledge base information on how to use epoxy resin products and related materials and their interaction... As well as some great tips using inexpensive materials. Useful advice on the health and safety aspect of using the resin materials and related tools. - Rui
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Nina
15 Aug
Richard was a great teacher, methodically taking us through each step and giving us excellent tips along the way. He was very accommodating and helpful.
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Steve Hance
27 Aug
Brilliant workshop! Richard was knowledgeable and patient with all of the attendees, regardless of ability or speed. The course was extremely useful, and also gave us an insight to the economics of what is achievable within a certain budget, as the materials are very expensive. I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone who has seen the numerous epoxy videos which are making the rounds on social media, and thinks it's something they can do - it'll give you a great perspective of what you can manage yourselves with a bit of guidance and personal hands-on experience . Looking forward to seeing how my mini river table turned out after fully setting...
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Karina Mazurek
29 Aug
I went to the workshop with 2 of my work colleagues and we absolutely loved it! It was a lot of fun and a very informative course (whether you have used resin before or knew nothing about it). We weren't just given instructions on what to do - Richard has been brilliant in explaining to us step-by-step, everything that there is to know about resin e.g. how to prepare for working with resin, which one to chose for different projects, the best practices to achieve results we need etc. He also happily answered all other questions we had about working with this material and shared very useful tips and suggestions based on his own experience. I cannot wait to receive me piece once its cured.
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Oriol Pallarès
9 Sep
We have learned how to use epoxy resign, mixing colours and all tricks to take care if you mixe it with other materials like wood. The teacher was very friendly and help us with all doubts and questions we had. The venue is big enough for 8 of us with all facilities needed. I will recommend this workshop to everyone who would like to work with product before start by youself.
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Sam Rattley
2 Dec
Richard was a great instructor and took time to explain the process and any additional questions people may have had. The class was very relaxed, informative, and enjoyable. You never felt rushed and the time flew by in such a friendly environment. Everyone left with a smile on their face! Fully recommended.
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Tania Paine
3 Dec
This was a great class for learning the basics of Epoxy Resin art. The teacher was very knowledgeable and there was lots of time to ask questions. I really enjoyed the class!!
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Tania Paine
3 Dec
This was a great class for learning the basics of Epoxy Resin art. The teacher was very knowledgeable and there was lots of time to ask questions. I really enjoyed the class!!
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Tilly
4 Dec
Very well executed course. I enjoyed the day and am pleased with my resin board.
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Tilly
4 Dec
Very well executed course. I enjoyed the day and am pleased with my resin board.
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Sally Webster
6 Dec
This course was fantastic. Our teacher was so personable, thorough, knowledge & helpful. Having never worked with resin before, this course was perfect, it taught us the basics & showed us where we could take it. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone & would love to attend future courses provided by Friendly Forces Construction!
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Chantel
8 Dec
I throughly enjoyed the workshop, Richard really takes the time to make sure everyone understands each part of the process and keeps it fun and engaging.
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Julie Price
9 Dec
Easy to find, easy parking, friendly tutor. We had a great time Richard put us all at ease and was open and happy to answer any small question . Adding new ideas and possibility. We are both going to head on to his next course in the new year and look forward to doing a bit of practisi v at home in the meantime. Well worth the money and experience. Julie
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Sean Mac
10 Dec
Beginners Epoxy Resin Workshop - what a great afternoon. Richard is a knowledgeable and charming teacher. He has a great understanding of not only the subject of resin pouring and all the technicalities that go with it, but of how to teach. The class moved along as fast as Richard could answer our questions. We all came away smiling and happy having not only learned an immense amount about how resin works as a medium, but also having actually made something. I highly recommend this course. It was exactly what I wanted to learn about and I will be returning to future classes producing coffee tables and then kitchen tables. 5 Stars all round.
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Sean Mac
10 Dec
Beginners Epoxy Resin Workshop - what a great afternoon. Richard is a knowledgeable and charming teacher. He has a great understanding of not only the subject of resin pouring and all the technicalities that go with it, but of how to teach. The class moved along as fast as Richard could answer our questions. We all came away smiling and happy having not only learned an immense amount about how resin works as a medium, but also having actually made something. I highly recommend this course. It was exactly what I wanted to learn about and I will be returning to future classes producing coffee tables and then kitchen tables. 5 Stars all round.
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Susan
12 Dec
I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I'd never worked with epoxy resin before, but had seen it on instagram and was curious. Richard was a great teacher and gave time to everyone and answered all the questions as we were going along. I came away with new skills, confidence in working with epoxy resin and a piece I am proud of. I travelled a long way for this session but it was totally worth it.
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Esther
12 Dec
The course was informative and gave an insight into how to create the moulds and the diffetent materials you can use. I would recommend the course.
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Popi
14 Dec
We went to this course with my partner and we loved it. Richard was very helpful and friendly and had lots of knowledge to share with us. We thoroughly enjoyed it, it was great fun! We will definitely be returning with the new classes and would recommend to anyone who wishes to learn about resin.
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Jasmit
16 Dec
Hello it was a wonderful class all my question became clear . Thank you so much looking forward to attend more classes
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Jasmit
16 Dec
Hello it was a wonderful class all my question became clear . Thank you so much looking forward to attend more classes
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Stephen
18 Dec
Was not a cutting board - fair warning. I prefer the class as what it was honestly: we chose a couple pieces of scrap wood and filled the gap between them with resin, learning all about it in the process.
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Dalida
14 Jan
Absolutely brilliant workshop ! Great start to resin works, can't wait for more courses. Dalida
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Janak
15 Jan
Great intro to pouring epoxy resin. If you’ve seen the instagram & youtube vids and want to know how to do it for yourself this is the course. There is no woodworking involved, you’ll make a mould and pour the epoxy. Richard is friendly & knowledgeable.
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matt
16 Jan
Really interesting introduction to working with wood and epoxy. Richard (the tutor) was very friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. The workshop is well equipped and laid out and everything was ready to go when we arrived. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in starting a new hobby or sideline. Richard made some great recommendations on where to get the best materials and explained difference between the types of epoxy resins, what they can be used for (and importantly what they can't be used for!) Hopefully Friendly Forces Courses will be expanding their offering for more advanced workshops (there was mention of a longer course where a stool or coffee table could be created).
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Jenny
17 Jan
Richard The tutor was patient, and friendly, but it wasn’t a chopping board as advertised on the site. It was great to learn the tips and tricks of resin pouring, even if the finished piece is on the small side using a couple of offcuts of wood.

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