Expert and thoughtful teaching to a small group in a secluded location - it was great to be outdoors even in the cold and wet (under rain cover). Very enjoyable
Really great workshop with Graham and Ed who helped us produce a couple of amazing bowls
I loved my wood-turning class! Our class was a mix of complete beginners (me!) and others who had a little experience. Our tutor was fantastic at teaching and helping us. We were all delighted with our bowls. The location was a lovely little oasis in London too.
Brilliant course, professional and safe.
Will definitely go back and do a different course.
This was my second course at London Green Wood, having previously also carved a fruit bowl. The tuition from Dave and Steve was excellent - they took us through the process clearly and provided guidance throughout the day. The day-long course is an ideal length, and Dave works with you all to make sure you come away with a great looking bowl. It is a process that finds muscles you didn't know you had, but the end result is hugely rewarding! I would highly recommend this course.
This is great fun and such a rewarding experience. I recommend to anyone with even a little interest.
The course was informative and very enjoyable. The tutor was patient and clearly explained each stage of the wood turning process, his assistance was also most welcome. Excellent and all round a relaxing day away from the day job. Pleasant setting in a wooded glade in the heart of Hackney. I will be attending another course in the future.
Really enjoyed everything
My partner and I had a wonderful and fun time carving bowls. The two instructors were amazing in explaining and helping out. We learned a lot and enjoy our new bowls :)
Can totally recommend participating in the bowl carving workshop.
Good clear instruction and support from the trainer. Well structured day and all learners complete a lovely wooden bowl!
A lovely venue too, couldn't fault it and would definitely recommend.
Great day. Excellent guidance in a beautiful setting.
Thank you for a great course!
I wish I lived closer. I would become an active member in a heartbeat and be there at every possible occasion.
May this community know only success in all of its endeavors and initiatives. :-)
My friend and I traveled from the states to take a bowl and spoon course. Had a great time. Instructors were engaging, knowledgable and patient with us "green" behind the ears novices. Great way to brush up on hand skills.
Got a gift of a bowl turning workshop, one of the best things iv done in ages, would highly recommend it!!
Excellent session and very fun. Very well informed instructor.
Had a brilliant day leaving how to make a bowl on a manually powered lathe. Beautiful setting, lovely people and instructor Dave was so helpful. Would highly recommend.
Fantastic day! Dave was a great teacher, very patient and supportive. Delighted with my bowl and would highly recommend the course!
Great day bowl carving at the London Green Wood Society.
Graham and Ed were excellent, informative and friendly tuition.
An excellent day out and learnt a great deal about using the pole lathe. Dave, the tutor was great in explaining techniques and methods. Ended up with a decent (ish) bowl that will remind me of the course.
Loved it. Great setting, super chilled friendly people. Rewarding day.
Great fun learning new skills with a lovely bunch of people. Excellent guidance from Dave.
This was such a beautiful, memorable experience and a perfect gift for my boyfriend's birthday. Thank you to our very attentive teacher Sam, who was an extremely helpful, chatty and engaging - a real inspiration! Will absolutely book again, a wholesome experience!
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. It was a very calming and meditative experience working outdoors in a small group. Sam is a highly skilled, calm, and patient teacher. The techniques we learnt were simple for beginners to grasp. It is very intense on the hands and upper body - I was aching for a couple of days afterwards. Perhaps something to consider if you have any disabilities or chronic illnesses like myself.
Fantastic workshop. Dave is a very patient teacher. He knows exactly when to help and how to do so without making feel the pupil feel silly for asking. I am delighted with my bowl and am now thinking which course to go on next. Having done all the one day ones, I think my favourite has been the spoon carving.
Great class! I would highly recommend!
As with all the other courses I've done at London Greenwood (bowl carving, spoon carving, whittling), this day of bowl turning was absolutely brilliant. It's a lovely, inviting and peaceful space, our instructor (Dave) was clear, kind, always ready to help, and, with a fair bit of hard but enjoyable work, I came away with something beautiful that I'm super proud of, and skills that I hope to use in the future. Highly recommend, please go if you can! Thanks again LGW.
I had a fantastic time bowl carving! It was hard work but the tuition from Graham was great. Came away with a lovely bowl and some new skills, would thoroughly recommend!
Incredibly rewarding and fun day at the workshop.
Absolutely brilliant course and loved every moment of it! Really friendly group of students and Dave is a great teacher
Thank you very much for a confidence-building introduction.
A brilliant and and absorbing day of wood crafting, wonderfully supported by Dave who was as hands on or off as we needed. It was great to work through all the stages, from the initial axe work to the final smartening up and there was a real sense of achievement as we saw our creations morph into something recognisable from the piece of tree trunk we were handed at the start. Hugely satisfying and highly recommended.
Dave was a brilliant tutor, patient, encouraging and kind. Came away wanting to practise and learn more woodwork.
Nice being in a small group to be able to share experiences.
Will definitely recommend and I'm looking forward to do another course.
Thank you 😊
Extremely enjoyable and relaxing day on the pole lathe. Lovely setting and great teacher. Thanks!
The venue was good for a hot day: underneath the trees. Felt like a little haven. The tutor Dave was welcoming, patient and encouraging and was willing to stay later when we ran behind schedule so we could all finish. The bowl turning workshop is more physical than I had imagined (!) but you can take breaks. It's great to actually make something usable in a day and feel you've had a thorough intro to pole lathe. The one thing I would mention is that was glad that I took a small bag so I could have my valuables such as phone/cards etc actually on me as I worked as the only place to leave bags is in an area which is accessible to the public which carries an element of risk as you may be absorbed in the work with your back to this area.
Really fun day.
Graham and Ed were knowledgable, fun and patient whilst walking us through the different skills to make the bowls, helping when needed.
The venue is a great spot, shaded, really relaxed atmosphere.
We had a really fun day.
Beautiful morning spent at London Green Wood.
I loved the process of making a spatula from locally found Cherry wood and the gentle care from our tutor Lucy.
Will definitely be back to progress to a spoon :)
Helpful and patient tutors, friendly atmosphere, delightful venue. The course ran to time, and we all got to take a handmade piece home. All round, a great day!
Knowledgeable and friendly, would definitely go back.
I booked this as a birthday present for my husband. There were only 4 of us in the class and the tutor was excellent. She showed us how to do each step, making sure that we were okay. Really enjoyable, relaxing experience. Thank you
Really great day with Dave carving a bowl with a foot-powered work. Such a nice man and was always super helpful whenever I needed it. Highly recommend any course at London Green Wood. Will definitely be returning :)
What a great course! If you’re at all into working with green wood do yourself a favour and book a place on this pole-lathe course.
Second course myself and my son have attended and I can't recommend enough. Just a thoroughly enjoyable day in great surroundings with superb tutors with no pretences, no pressure, just ensuring everyone leaves happy and pleased with their output
It was really good fun, Graham was a great teacher who was hands on and helped out when it got too tough and he was funny too. Ed, the teacher in training, was really polite and stopped me axing once when my thumb was near the wood which I really appreciated. Good for the price and now I've got an awesome bowl with a great story carved into it.
A really rewarding course, but requires a lot of strength so be prepared to use muscles you didn't know you had.
Really cool experience and day out, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making my own wooden bowl - makes you appreciate the difficulty of the craft! Dave was great in explaining and assisting along each step, would recommend others to give it a go!
It was a great day learning new skills with hand tools. Our instructor was excellent, showing us the various steps in making a bowl and offering help when needed.
The location is unique, a fabulous little oasis in the middle of the city. The group was just 6 participants. I highly recommend it.
Great day - from blank to carved bowl via adze, gouge, axe & drawknife. Fantastic teacher, great setting and a remarkably friendly Robin.
Teaching was excellent.
Small group size meant there was plenty of guidance.
Thoroughly thrilled with my day and my bowl!
A wonderful full day of intense craft! fabulous instructors, patient and helpful. I am very pleased with my first attempt at a turning a bowl! Would very highly recommend!
The class was a good size for the teacher to give us all plenty of attention. Sharon was really enthusiastic about teaching and gave good instruction at each stage, and was always positive about everyone’s work. It was an interesting and relaxing way to spend a morning, in pleasant surroundings, even if it’s raining. I think it would also be great for tourists to make their own souvenir.
What a brilliant day! Lucy and Joey are amazing teachers. I learned loads, met lovely people, and took a beautiful bowl home. This course is a great gift for people who like making things.
Did bowl carving with Graham in March and had an absolutely amazing time. The process of turning a hunk of wood into a bowl over the course of a day was really fascinating (also tiring!). I found it intensely meditative and really easy to lose myself in the activity. Highly recommend!
A great day. Excellent tutor and great facilities.
We had such a lovely day! Matt, our instructor, was very nice and knowledgeable.
A great course. The teacher (Dave) was very good and knowledgeable, we all had a lot of fun and all ended the day with some nice looking bowls. I'd definitely recommend it.
SPATULA IS MY NEW GOD. I AM BECOME SPATULA, WHITTLER OF WOODS.
We had a really lovely time. It was incredibly meditative and and the instructor was very kind and patient. The time went by incredibly fast. Highly recommended.
I enjoyed my day at London Green Wood making a spatula . The process was explained step by step and the tutors are patient in answering any you have . I have to say once i started i was totally focused and managed to make two . And the experience was totally therapeutic, relaxing and calming and i will be looking to take up the bowl turning day as well.
Great day learning firstly ace work to partially round my piece, then only turning using the pole lathe, a really enjoyable process, Overseen by a great tutor. One suggestion, make the set up more adaptable for left handed users.
I loved making my own wooden bowl. The instructions were clear and the teacher was friendly and patient. Well worth it. And we got coffe and biscuits. Thank you. ❤️🙏🏽
Absolutely great all round!
I had such a brilliant day with Dave @ London Green Wood. We used axes, knives and the most incredible foot powered lathe!
The day was both challenging and satisfying, and I came away with aching arms and a beautiful wooden bowl! Dave was very knowledgable, patient and skilled. He made it really easy and fun, and nobody hit themselves with an axe! I'm going to book onto the spoon carving course next!
Fun and therapeutic
Fantastic day, great surroundings, instructor was a great teacher, really clear and helpful. Ended the day with a great little bowl!
A renewing experience - perfect way to spend a morning! And a great birthday present for the one I love!
Really enjoyed the Bowl Turning course led by Dave. He's a lovely and knowledgeable teacher, and London Green Wood is a lovely space to be in even when it's cold!
A brilliant day out in the open air learning how to turn a bowl. The team were very welcoming and the instruction careful and accommodating . I would highly recommend this experience learning to work with green wood with a great teacher ( Dave) and great facilities!
Highly recommend - a full day of fun crafting.
A beautiful day in the London Green Wood space, despite turning up an hour early by accident! Fulfilled a desire to (safely...) play with an adze and came away with a pretty good bowl to boot - great hangover cure!
A great course held in lovely surroundings.
The teacher Dave provided very clear instructions on what to do and gave help when necessary.
I really enjoyed making my first bowl and would like to do more.
Amazing experience, can highly recommend!
Only cons where
- we were running out of time which made the end a bit stressed, and we spend less fine tuning time on various aspects of our bowls than we wished
- the main lathe+turning tools where for right handed people, as were the setup and the instructions. Handling this as a left handed wasn't trivial
My first course at London Greenwood and I loved it! The day was well-structured as we learnt to use a variety of hand tools to carve out our bowls. Graham, our instructor was supportive and friendly. Lovely space too! I’m already looking at other courses to do :)
Such a brilliant day! Dave was calm and kind taking us through all the stages of making. Thoroughly recommend their courses as always.
(I also recommend investing some time in stretching before making :) )
Lovely people, great outdoor workshop (we were lucky with the weather) A really cool thing to try, just be aware it’s hard work…
Had a lovely time making the spatula! Esther was a great teacher.
Would highly recommend the spatula making course. The instructor was calm and knowledgeable, and the 3 hours went by so quickly! I
Great space and the class was so much fun!
Such an enjoyable morning with a caring teacher - learning and making .
Fabulous course - so lucky with the weather and lovely tutor. Definitely recommend.
Was a fantastic experience- Sharon was so clear and very patient! Would highly recommend this course! Wish it had gone on for longer.
First class teacher and nice venue
Really enjoyable day bowl carving, great introduction to working with green wood and certain tools. Might have a new hobby out of it!
Wonderful experience making spatulas. Lovely staff and amazing location to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Highly recommended!
Great experience, it has been fun and interactive. It was hard work but definitely worth it.
Amazing workshop! Would definitely recommend.
What a great day! The setting is utterly delightful, all of the equipment and tools beautifully cared for, and the instruction was amazing- thank you Dave, we had a smashing day!
I had an excellent day turning a wooden bowl on the foot powered pole lathe. I was rather pleased with my finished product - greatly assisted by the advice and instruction given on the course. I would recommend.
I really enjoyed this class. The instructor was very helpful and explained everything clearly, great for an absolute beginner. I found making something with my hands very satisfying. Hackney City Farm is a lovely setting for it, especially when the weather is nice. I'll definitely book another class.
A welcoming and inclusive introduction to the fascinating world of working with wood. A responsive, kind and generous tutor and a convivial working environment. An ideal gift for friends & family.
Wonderful day course! Well taught and supported by Jo in the cosy space of London Green Wood. Had a great time carving a bowl with a variety of hand tools. Highly recommended!
Amazing - lovely setting , very friendly atmosphere and great teacher. Will be back for more!
I really enjoyed the bowl carving course and loved using both adze and drawknife! Jo is an ace facilitator who brings a wealth of experience to LGW's woodcarving courses. The weather was unusually hot that day and I appreciated how Jo took time to look out for our group's well being, providing frequent breaks, corn snacks and even cool ginger ale! Thanks Jo for a fabulous well held course!
The class was great. Was very intensive, starting with axing a piece of wood that was prepped slightly for us. Then we started turning the wood for many hours. At the end, we used a carving knife to get the stem out of the bowl.
Dave, the instructor, was very patient and helpful. I definitely recommend this course, but be prepared from some physical effort. The place was fabulous in the middle of hackney farm, was a great experience overall.
Very intense, but fabulous day! We wee working in a stunningly beautiful setting. Tutor is very patient and helpful. I totally recommend this course.
Our tutor Jo worked very hard to guide is through the quite demanding (and satisfying) process of bowl carving. Each step was clearly explained and demonstrated and there was one to one help whenever we found things a bit tricky. Temperatures into the thirties were an extra challenge but I think we were all proud of our finished bowls. There was a relaxed and supportive atmosphere despite the heat.
Fantastic workshop in a beautiful location. Anyone wanting to spend a day crafting would highly recommend!
An excellent satisfying day . Jo guided us through the process in a clear and helpful way. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere about the place.
Fabulous day learning bowl carving in hottest weather ever. Exceptional instruction.
Great instructor, and a lot of fun. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed the bowl carving class. It was well taught and easy to follow along.
Fantastic course. Really fun!
Enjoyed the class. I would recommend all the classes at Green Wood London.
Clear, kind, calm teaching, relaxed and focused atmosphere and lovely setting. Highly recommended.
A really great course - just what I was looking for to get back into pole lathing after a break of two decades! It was good to see complete novices doing just as well as self proclaimed carpenters like myself, and tantamount to the skill and care our trainer took with each of us. Thanks Dave!
Really fun day learning how to turn a bowl on a pole lathe
The spatula carving class was excellent, I really enjoyed making the spatula. The instructor was awesome, helping me along the way. I would definitely recommend this class.
Great course Thankyou :) - only change would be that I would love to be shown techniques I could also do at home with simple tools and no shaving horse etc
Turning my own bowl was a great experience! It made me inspired to turn more bowls and other things in the future!
Fabulous workshop in a great local institution.
An amazing workshop, through and through.
Aided by the great weather, the quiet day spent in the tranquil respite of London Green Wood was as enjoyable as it was didactive.
And we ended up with nice bowls to boot!
Excellent course, really great pace and calming direction.
Another brilliant course. Esther was great Thankyou
Great day! Super helpful teacher and a lovely setting.
This was a brilliant day! The whole experience with an idyllic setting on a spring day, with all the helpful people involved, friendly staff & yummy food served in the on site cafe. Wood Turing on foot powered lathe was so much fun. It felt like peddling a bike with one leg, whilst scoring a wooden record, to carve the bowl. Definitely requires some co-ordination & concentration to get right. David the tutor made it look easy. Am looking forward to oiling the finished bowl, once the green wood dries out. Have already recommended this course to friends. Just do it!
Fabulous course! Supportive and helpful teacher. Lovely place. I really enjoyed the whole day
Really great day. Well structured, really nice instructor. Left feeling tired (it's a physical day) and really happy with my bowl. Would definitely recommend it.
Fantastic experience...great instructor! Positive environment...loved it!
My husband and I really enjoyed the experience- recommended!
Great half day spatula making. Highly recommend doing this but do wear warm clothes if it's cold!
Fantastic course - professionally (and patiently) instructed by Dave. A really good day - I learnt a lot.
Brilliant course, with a very kind and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended
I had a great time learning how to make a spatula out of green wood. Highly recommend.
SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommended, just what I needed!
My friend and I really enjoyed the spatula making class. The tutors, Ben and Sharon, were friendly, accessible and very good. I'm going to sign up to the 4 day class after this. Highly recommended.
Had a great day and a wonderful experience. Dave is an excellent tutor and I’m very pleased from the result. Definitely recommended!
Really enjoyed the bowl carving course. I took photos as I went along, step by step, and it was amazing to see the transformation from a wedge of tree trunk to a bowl! David was our instructor, and he was careful and considerate, with plenty of tips on skills, being safe and design options. Will go again!
Brilliant fun. Actually achieved a pretty good bowl. And a good workout
absolutely tremendous experience, such a lovely, welcoming, and supportive athmosphere and great fun. would highly reccomend it to anyone at all interested in working with their hands or just having a fun experience.
Fantastic - really enjoyed it and would recommend
I thoroughly enjoyed the spatula making class. I learned a lot and the teacher was very friendly. Thank you for a great time.
Something I have wanted to do for a long time. It was very good. The teacher, Dave, was excellent. Clear instructions, very helpful - a good atmosphere, (all adult ages).
I would highly recommend this course and looking forward to the next one.
The bowl in the picture used to advertise the course is what inspired me to enrol for the day because I thought it represented a bowl made on the course.
Unfortunately I felt misled by this picture. We all had to make the same shape of bowl in the exact same way which wasn't anything like the one in the picture. This wasn't made clear at the beginning of the day and I think it should have been. So, although I enjoyed learning some carving techniques and using new tools, I was disappointed with the bowl I ended up with and was desperate to customise it continuously throughout the workshop but the the day wasn't structured to be flexible in this way.
I really enjoyed the day, the the process and technique were explained very well and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning an ancient craft.
Everyone at LGW was super friendly and the day was lovely. The location at Hackney City Farm was beautiful, well covered (it was raining all morning) and we were given just the right amount of help vs time / space to go off and get on with making our spatulas. Would definitely recommend this for people who are into woodworking or just as something different to try. Was a lovely day and activity, and very well run.
It was a fantastic day. Really well taught by lovely guys. Will definitely be coming back! Thanks to all.
Great day with excellent teaching and lots of fun
Great course. Lovely location. Very sensible and attentive instruction just when needed, but very hands on without too much standing around.
Fantastic day: well organised, great setting, clear, focused and personalised tuition in a friendly supportive environment. Huge gratitude to Dave, Graham and the team at London Greenwood
Really enjoyed this day. It's hard physical work but very satisfying. Dave, the tutor, explained things clearly and demonstrated what to do. He was really patient and encouraging. would highly recommend this course
A hard but rewarding day with excellent tuition. So pleased with my bowl 🙂 Thank you!
We loved the course and the bowls! Dave was very knowledgable and patient, and the location at Hackney City Farm was beautiful. Highly recommended!
I had an absolutely incredible time learning how to carve spoons. Our tutor Sam was really friendly, patient and attentive. Thanks to Sam, I was able to make a cooking spoon. Definitely found a new hobby after attending this course. 10/10 would recommend!
Great Spoon Carving workshop with Sam Alexander (from Green Wood Collective) at Hackney City Farm on Sunday. A thoroughly enjoyed birthday gift! Sam was thorough and patient in introducing safe axe, crook knife and carving techniques in an outdoor group setting. Thanks! Oliver
The workshop was brilliant. Sam is really good at getting everyone excited for the day and helps with even the smallest details while carving the spoons.
It was an awesome day! I learned a lot during the course and the environment and course mates where really pleasant. There was coffee, tea and a fire to warm us. Sam, our teacher was fun, excellent in relaying knowledge and very patient with us all. The day passed quickly and I already signed up for another course with London green wood.
Even under difficult COVID circumstances the workshop was well run, friendly, safe, and a good learning environment. I learned lots of new techniques and would go again.
Great class. Very well led and enjoyable, in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. I look forward to taking another with them.
Long session, taught many skills and techniques. More challenging than expected but Sam was a patient guide. A handout or step-by-step guide would be useful as a takeaway.
Really fun class in a beautiful setting. Had never done any carving before but our instructor Sam made everything easy to follow and I've definitely learnt some new skills!
My second course with London Green Wood and it was another great experience.
Our teacher was really patient and supportive and the pace of the class was just right.
Such a lovely way to spend a day.
Excellent course and great teacher. Thanks David
A brilliant way to spend a day. Dave was a very patient teacher, and I’m delighted with my bowl.
Fantastic day! The instructor and the rest of the group were really friendly and the outoor workshop is a lovely setting (even in winter!). Plenty of breaks during the day and lots of tea and coffee available. It was a very small group so you could get personal advice and tips from the instructor which was great for learning. Everyone in the group came away with a successful bowl, reagrdless of their experience level, and we were all really happy with what we'd achieved.
What a wonderful day I had making a bowl in a day. I used tools I'd never seen let alone used before. Dave was a great tutor and being among other enthusiastic learners was inspiring. It was quite challenge but so rewarding.
Wonderful ‘outside in nature’ day workshop; totally absorbing & came away with a wooden spoon having begun with a log of wood - completed all stages! Satisfying & great activity done with my husband. Thank You Sam
This was a great day, and had the best time - definitely want to come back to make more. Thanks very much!
I certainly learned new ways to work with a foot powered lathe and Dave was an excellent teacher with lots of skill and patient.
Green Wood Abney Park is a great set up and I will be back again.
This class was a great day (despite the rain!), we learned a lot under the excellent teacher Dave. We had a lot of fun, got a bowl out of it and were totally exhausted after (in a good way :).
I had a brilliant time at the Spoon Carving Workshop. Sam, who led the group, was a brilliant teacher, along with being incredibly patient and lovely to us complete novices.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn some useful new skills. A great day :)
It was a great day out! The environment of the workspace was really peaceful and relaxing. Dave was great. Really knowledgeable, patient, his repetition of demos was helpful. Despite being at the beginning of my third trimester of pregnancy, I was assured before hand that it would not be an issue. Dave was happy to help with some of the tasks and I was able to take little breaks in between. They don't joke when they say it is a physically challenging course - the other people on the course all agreed it wasn't easy. We had tired arms by the end of the day, but it was definitely worth it for our finished bowls! The facilities were great considering it was outdoors. The toilets were clean and close by, and there was a tarp put up when there was a light drizzle. Coffee and tea offered throughout the day.
Absolutely loved this workshop. Really well organised, with all the right equipment. Lovely setting and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone very friendly. Tutor was very informed. Really satisfying experience
Amazing class! Dave is a great teacher, he was really helpful and patient with us. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in doing something crafty :)
Fantastic day. Highly recommend this workshop. Jo and Sam both great teachers. Would definitely come again.
Great course with helpful knowledgeable teacher with small class size so you were never left waiting for guidance. Lovely location and atmosphere. Pole lathe bowl turning is a fun challenge. Highly recommended
I've done a number of classes at London Greenwood and have enjoyed them all. This new wood turning course was no exception. It is the only manual pole lathe class available in London and taught in the outdoor workshop within Abney Park. Our teacher Dave had prepared the blanks and the tools so we were able to get straight down to using the pole lathe. We all completed very handsome bowls (for a first go!) by the end of the day and I feel i have acquired a good understanding of the process. This class is taught in small groups (4 of us on this occasion) so there was plenty of individual attention. As Dave had warned us, it's a physical day (foot-powered!) but there were plenty of stops for lunch/tea/coffee and a great feeling of satisfaction on completion.
A fantastic day - we learnt so much and Sam was such an engaged and patient teacher. I was so impressed with what everyone managed to take home at the end of it. Will definitely carve again!
Lovely day; excellent, knowledgeable teachers. I had some experience already so they adapted the class for me to teach me something new. Lovely setting in the woods.
As a complete beginner I didn't know what to expect but I had a wonderful morning making my spatula. Everything was explained very clearly with lots of help at every stage. The London Green Wood instructor, Jo, was very friendly and encouraging. I'm now recommending this class to my friends and hoipe to go back to try a slightly more ambitious project.
Jo was a brilliant teacher, patient, clear and professional
Excellent workshop, which was for me more about the process , than my end result, as l Iove just whittling with Wood.
I was however pretty pleased with my Spatula.
Jo is a patient and inclusive teacher. Would recommend to anyone wanting to have a go. I can’t wait to do another class.
Very calming working in nature with wood!
Great morning 👍🏽
This is my second course with Jo at London Green Wood. I cannot rate them high enough! The knowledge and skills that Jo shares with her students is A**. My last course, spoon carving, has encouraged me to further my skills and I am presently looking to book my third course (bowl carving) in the Autumn. You will not be disappointed!
my partner loved this workshop and now has the spoon carving bug
I had a brilliant time at the Intro to Green Woodwork workshop. This is done in small groups of six so with lots of individual attention and a really enjoyable group dynamic. The emphasis is very much on learning to use essential tools for green wood work safely, and small projects are done each week to practice these skills. Jo is a brilliant teacher and there is a supportive atmosphere with other woodworkers also working on projects in the outdoor workshop. Lots of tea/coffee and shared snacks. Our 4 week course was interrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions but Jo has kept in touch with us and will arrange for our group to finish the course together when next possible. I can't wait!
A really enjoyable day. The pace felt steady and unhurried, and we got to try a good variety of tools and techniques throughout the course. Abney Park is a lovely location for the course and it's easy to forget that you're in the middle of London as you adze, gouge and chop your way towards an enchantingly rustic wooden bowl!
A really great day outside carving some wood! A little tough going at times, but the teachers were always on hand to help you out and keep you on track. Would love to come back sometime and learn more :)
What a blast, it was so nice. Dave was very patient with us and used different teaching techniques depending on the audience, which was very thoughtful. I can only highly recommend the Bowl Carving Workshop with London Green Wood team. Thank you
Had a really good time! Was definitely tired at the end of the day but would 100% recommend.
Excellent course. The tutor was very capable and while being relaxed did ensure a 'safe environment' given the nature of the work and the use of (very) sharp tools. She also was very approachable and was very constructive in her comments. I have now joined the 'London Green Wood' membership and intend to do further courses with them.
wonderful space in London.
welcoming and friendly.
Great introduction to green woodworking . thank you
I had a great day, despite endless rain and a grey, miserable sky. Both teachers ( it was a big group) were kind, supportive and non-judgemental. I went to try out something new, learn new skills and have fun, which is exactly what I did. And I came home with a spoon/spatula of sorts - a lovely way to spend a Saturday.
8 of us had a brilliant day in the peacefulness of Abney Park with two lovely tutors. They were clear, attentive, guided us well and differentiated to our different abilities and experience. Health and safety was great, none of us had any cuts. There were good tips on how to stand and sit while working, and we learnt a number of different carving techniques. They provided regular breaks with plenty of good coffee, tea and biscuits. It was a pleasure to work in company and at the end of the day we each came away with a hand carved wooden spoon! A day very well spent.
Thoroughly enjoyable and invigorating; the classes were the highlight of my week. The tutors (Dave and Jo) were knowledgeable and welcoming and I was amazed how quickly we progressed. They taught us how to use different tools and techniques confidently, always with safety foremost. Every day I took home items I had made and could use. Highly recommended for those who want to be outdoors, learn craft skills, be amongst similar co-operatively minded folk and are happy to take advice from all manner of friendly spoon makers who drop in to use the tools and equipment.
We had a great day carving fruit bowls. Our efforts may not be works of art, but we feel very proud of what we achieved. Dave was very patient with us and there was a lovely atmosphere. We came away with a much greater appreciation of the skills and strength required in woodworking.
A really brilliant class. I learned lots and came having made something I was proud of. I’m going to try to come back for another class soon!
Great experience! Well taught in small group in a lovely setting . Really absorbing
Had a brilliant day spoon carving with an excellent teacher. I feel so much more confident about using the tools and learnt all the techniques needed to work effectively and safely. Lots of fun in a great setting. I highly recommend it.
We had a lovely day - learning a lot about our tools, varieties of wood and how to finish our spoons. It was harder than I thought it would be but Jo and Dave were very patient and helpful and we were all proud of our finished spoons.
Wonderful atmosphere and great teachers!
Really enjoyed this course - the teacher was very friendly and patient and I came away with a decent looking spoon and looking forward to doing more
A nice well spent!!
Jo was great, a warm and welcoming person, showing us all this new stuff. Explaining wood, techniques, tools, making sure of our safety and dealing with each and every one to explain or advise on what we were doing.
Lovely little team of people too.
Highly recommended workshop!
A fantastic class. An excellent introduction to spoon carving in a lovely setting.
Great day, nice people, love the spoon.
A truly excellent course. Having attended several one-day Green Woodwork courses I was keen to do the four-day Introduction. Jo is a wonderful teacher: patient, skilled and encouraging. She tailors the course to individuals and paces things really well. The course introduces you to axing, carving and whittling using straight and curved knives, sharpening tools, and getting into good habits by using tools safely. The atmosphere is always good with a variety of lovely people taking part and other skilled makers working alongside and giving helpful tips, all in the natural outdoor space. Completing the course allows you to become a member of the cooperative and use the facilities thereafter at designated times. Highly recommended. Thanks, Jo!
Jo is a fabulous teacher. We all worked at our own pace and Jo explained everything clearly. I went with my partner and two grown up sons. We all enjoyed it and I am really pleased with my spatula- thank you for a lovely day
Really fun day with lots of insights into the best techniques of how to whittle the perfect spoon. Thank you!
A really lovely day spent with a small group of nice people, all carving wood. The campfire kept us warm, Jo kept us safe and we all came away with new skills and beautiful wooden spoons. Highly recommended.
I learnt to use special tools to turn a segment of a log into a fully useable kitchen spoon - with a corner to clean out the bottom of a pan!
A perfect introduction to greenwood carving with left and right-handed tools to suit. Jo ensured we had a tool-talk for each new knife we used, and learnt safe and effective techniques to keep us safe whist carving our masterpieces.
Hard to believe I was able to turn a log into a bowl in a few hours with no previous experience. Jo guided the group expertly, adapting the demonstrated techniques according to dexterity, physical capability so everyone had a bowl to be proud of at the end. I'd recommend this course. It was a very therapeutic day outside, regardless of the rain.
I cannot recommend the spoon carving workshop with London Green Wood CIC highly enough! The one-day workshop was perfectly paced and allowed for learning and variation with the various tools and techniques. Jo was a brilliant teacher and leader of the workshop, offering friendly guidance, advice and helpful tips along the way. The location itself is really well set up for the group session and, as it is a working community workshop we were able to meet some local experts, and see some of their wonderful creations. I am very keen to sign up for their bowl carving workshop and have been inspired to get my own tools to continue spoon carving at home!
This course was brilliant. It is based around learning basic carving skills, but you make lots of stuff as well as a part of that (spoons, butter knives, scoops, spatulas etc). Jo takes you to a level where you can confidently attempt projects of your own in a safe manner, and deals with axe work, hook knife, straight knife, draw knife, and a few other things (gouges, sharpening, aspects of design). I really feel like I've been taught the basic approaches and techniques of a craft in quite a short time, and can now go forward and practice them. Each Friday was the highlight of my week, and I look forward to returning to the workshop as often as I can in future. The atmosphere at the workshop itself is a really potent antidote to living in a big city, and it feels like you're dipping into a wonderful community of people who are keeping a set of skills alive and in use even in London. Highly recommended to those who wish to deepen their knowledge of green woodworking beyond just making a single item.
I can't think of a better way to spend my Friday's :)
Thanks so much to Jo, and the lovely crew that use the outdoor workshop, for sharing their skills in such a relaxed manner, it's been really nourishing.
Fantastic day with a great tutor, I went away so much more confident to use a knife safely and understanding how to work the wood. I'd recommend these classes to anyone, even if it's a one off activity or to learn new skill. Jo was an excellent teacher and host. I'll definitely be back again.
Great course. Attentive tuition, friendly people, lovely setting for the workshop. I'll be going back for sure!
Great course in a brilliant spot. Very welcoming and really informative
The introductory course is brilliant. Though it’s very relaxed you’ll earn how to make a range of different thing and you’ll come away with plenty of finished pieces. As well as a great teacher in Jo, you also get the support of a super helpful community of makers that use the space. I’ll be going back for sure - I’m currently shopping for tools.
Fantastic class! The tuition was brilliant and the setting was beautiful.
So happy to have achieved so much, Jo is an excellent and patient teacher. Class was relaxed but learnt lots about techniques. Can't wait to try out my new skills at home
Such an excellent workshop, I can't recommend it enough. You'll come away with a beautiful cooking spoon to feel proud of – and you'll be amazed at how quickly you transform a wedge of wood into a work of art. Jo is a really lovely and helpful instructor, very encouraging and helps you get the best from the course. Really recommend it.
Really fun day of woodwork. Jo is great at making sure the course is informative but also fun. Came away with a great spoon and inspiration to do more!
A really lovely day in a peaceful setting. Jo was patient and kind as well as being very instructive and helpful in ensuring we all got support and advice.
A brilliant course for people with little or no knowledge of woodworking. By the fourth and final session, we had acquired enough basic skills to cut down a piece of hazel and for each of us to turn a section of it into our own wooden spoon - immensely satisfying!
Absolutely brilliant! I hope to come back for more.
Great day spent carving a bowl. Hard work paid off thanks to excellent teachers.
Jo was such a fantastic teacher, clear, friendly, expert and patient. Using local wood was lovely and the setting is beautiful. Couldn't ask for more.
So wonderful to work with natural materials and feel the accomplishment of the making something on the day.
We would have loved a much more informative workshop however. More information about different woods, tools and their purpose, how to achieve different results and what to expect while using the tools we have. We know one can ask but it is not the same as experiencing a workshop that is more structured in terms of knowledge. Plus we are introverts and rely on the teacher to lead the class rather than students to know which questions will bring more appropriate results.
We have got a bowl but neither of us knows whether we would know which wood to use next, we don't know how to take care of the wood afterwards and what to do in case of trouble shooting. We have only been assured that nothing bad will happen.
We don't know where to get tools from and how to acquire them and we don't know what we could use this experience for next. Another bowl would be great, but it would be nice to know there is a follow up or continuation if we enjoyed the workshop and would wish to learn more.
It was lovely to have a very laid back approach but we didn't think that would compromise the overall amount of education.
Jo and Dave are really nice people. They both seemed really tired towards the end of the day, so we hope they are all well and happy. We wish them the very best of luck in the future with their workshops. xxx
Everyone is very lovely.
I like them to share them own woodwork experience and have lunch together :)
I will go back to learn more from them
I found this course very well resourced and organised with a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. The location is second to none for a course of this type in London -it was wonderful to be working under the trees and the weather was kind
Jo is a patient and knowledgable teacher providing clear instructions of safe working techniques and there is plenty of opportunity to practice sharpening and the opportunity to work individually and together . Added bonus is that past students also attend on Thursdays to work on their own projects so plenty of opportunity to pick up tips from more experienced students. I hope to be able to join in Thursday community access sessions from time to time.
Absolutely loved the introduction to Green Woodwork workshop. Really practical and hands-on. Very friendly people and Jo is a great teacher
A very enjoyable and fun day with a great teacher highly recommended! Sean
I had one of the best days ever at the spoon carving workshop. It was a really lovely day so it was nice to work outside. I was quite intimidated by the idea of woodwork but Jo made us really comfortable and had a lot of patience with me when I couldn't get the hang of the techniques. There was tea flowing all day which was great. I would love to come back and make another spoon to improve on what I've learned.
Amazing. I loved it.
This was a first class course which I would recommend to anyone.
I very much enjoyed the Bowl Carving workshop yesterday. It was wonderful to be working outdoors, in the beautiful surroundings of Abney Park. There were five of us doing the workshop with instructor Jo and volunteer helper Paul and all the work was carried out in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The bowl carving workshop gave us an excellent introduction to the use of different tools for working with green wood. Jo was an excellent instructor: she kept an eye on us all and gave instruction without being intrusive, with little bits of help here and there where necessary to ensure we would have a completed item by the end of the day. I will be coming back to London Green Wood for more!
It was a lovely workshop, Thank you very much X
It was great fun! Good vibes, good strong milky tea, good teaching, and good company.
Would highly recommend it and for sure do it again!
Great place, great community, best tutors!! Thank you!!
We had a great day and the teaching was good. We had Jo as our main instructor and Julian and Dave assisted. They were skilled and experienced themselves and communicated well and with appropriate authority. The tools were good quality and everything was prepared beforehand for the session.
The weather in early March was bearable outside, but I don't think sufficient warning that it was a day outside was given before booking. I think a venue with indoor space, even in a workshop or shed, is needed for winter courses. Thank goodness the weather had improved over the previous week!
The afternoon went rather too quickly and we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.
it was brilliant I learned loads and had fun
Really fun classes, I hadn't ever picked up a spoon knife before and this got me slightly addicted!
This was an amazing day. I did the workshop a week after my Mum died and found a lot of peace in the connection with nature. The tutor was lovely - engaging, patient and talented. I highly recommend it!
Fun and thorough class with knowledgable tutors. Held in a rustic outdoor space with plenty of tea and coffee provided. It's quit physical and was pretty chilly in February, but it was totally worth it. Very satisfying day out :)
Really enjoyed my day, even with the cold and rain it was so worth it. Teacher Jo was great she gave you great encouragement and taught great skills. She had an assistant Dave who was very helpful and supportive as well. On booking I really did not think I would achieve a spoon by the end of the session, but I did and I am very proud of it.
A really enjoyable day with gentle attentive tutors, tucked away in a quiet little park in London. It really is a lovely thing to take a log of fresh green wood and chop, carve and whitlle it away into something you can use every day. A very friendly supportive and safe atmosphere is cultivated and I think everyone left very happy with their day's work. I'd imagine sales of axes, woodcarving knives and various guide books are boosted every time the course is run. Recommended.
Really great course .
Jo is a very good teacher - relaxed, but full of instruction.
We all got to learn different techniques, and how to use tools and devices which are specific to green woodwork (and not available in any diy store).
I would definitely recommend this course.
Another great class from Jo. Was very useful for improving knife skills and getting more familiar with cutting with the grain. Small group which means you get lots of support from the teacher. Great setting in lovely Abney Park Cemetry, with a little fire and hot drinks to keep warm in winter.
Jo, the tutor, is amazing - so knowledgeable and patient. The class was just fantastic from start to finish! It was so beautiful to be outside all day and the fire and ever replenishing cups of tea kept us warm when we weren't working hard.
I would recommend this to anyone - I had the best day. I couldn't stop smiling and looking at my bowl all evening!
Lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere. Super friendly. Very knowledgeable teachers. Great venue, nice to be outdoors, all the tools you could need. Nice shared lunch.
Fantastic, inspiring, workshop with great teaching and friendly students. Learned lots of practical skills and I love having breakfast every morning with my hand carved spoon!
First rate teaching from a first rate teacher. Great day of learning and activity in a superb setting inside Abney Park cemetary in Hackney. Will go back for more.
Really enjoyable day learning new skills working with an Adze and using an axe to carve a rustic bowl . Plenty of excellent tuition from Jo.
Another brilliant workshop from London Green Wood. Excellent and patient tuition from Jo, a great atmosphere and very lovely biscuits. Would recommend!
Wonderful workshop! Skilled teacher giving thorough explications and tips, high quality tools and a step by step approach to reach our goal and carve beautiful bowl!
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know how to carve and also how to safely use the different tools. An enjoyable experience!
Day one of a one-day-a-week course done and it was great. Small group, great teacher - I have already acquired a huge amount of knowledge!
I had a great time learning to spoon carve yesterday! The gorgeous setting of Abney Park was the perfect backdrop to our class, and Jo's expert and friendly tuition kept us safe and enabled us to all come away with a usable spoon by the end of the day. It was all over too soon!
I really enjoyed the Spoon Carving Workshop. It took place outside which in itself was a treat and the teaching was great. Jo was enthusiastic and very professional in the way she lead the class. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the day to a friend. Thank you.
A great one day spoon carving course. The tutor was excellent, with lots of skills and techniques that she taught in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. After seven hours I had very sore hands but a wooden spoon that I was very proud of!
Spoon Carving workshop was great and had a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
I'd highly recommend this workshop - fun, fulfilling, relaxing and delivered wonderfully by the patient, talented Jo.
The only downside was the cold, it was 2 degrees and felt a bit too cold to spend that much time outside. But we did have a fire to help.
We really enjoyed our spoon carving course with Jo. There were a total of 6 in the group which worked very well so we had sufficient guidance and attention.Jo was a calm, clear, cheerful teacher. The day was well planned and timed, for each part of the spoon process. Definitely recommend.
Great experience - highly recommended
Fantastic day with Jo, a fantastic teacher who talked us through the basics of green wood, knife safety, tool handling & after some practice, on to make a wooden cooking spoon out of a wedge of newly axed Sycamore greenwood. Left feeling very inspired, happy & ready for more. Just give it a go!!
The course was excellent. Jo is a great teacher. She takes you through: how to use the tools safely and effectively, what tool to use - and when and how, and she makes it all great fun. Working outdoors with pots of tea on the go just makes it even better. Highly recommended.
Even with the temperamental weather trying to scupper things. The London Greenwood spoon carving course exceeded my expectations. It was an informative and relaxed day, guided brilliantly by the teacher Jo, and I came away with a renewed sense of confidence at trying to improve my greenwood working and spoon carving. Thank you. I'm already looking forward to my next course there.
Bought this as an experience for my boyfriend, he loved it so much that he has now gone and bought himself lots of the kit to carry this on as a hobby
Fantastic day! Meditative, rewarding and fun. Highly recommended.
A great day with clear instruction, a welcoming group of people and a friendly vibe. We all went home with a spoon having learned new skills in the outdoors.
I was seeking out an experience to learn a new skill and now I’m hooked on spoon carving! The spoon carving workshop was fantastic in the beautiful natural surrounds of Hackney City Farm. Sam taught us all a range of safe carving techniques and we all left with our very own, super unique, hand-made spoon. I would highly recommend this workshop!
Really enjoyed spoon carving. Simple enough to understand quite quickly and difficult enough to lose focus and enjoy the craft. Teachers were insightful and very safety conscious. Surroundings were really relaxing and nothing like being surrounded by trees, under a tarp while the rain pours to the sound of chopping axes. Bliss
Lovely experience and very informative and helpful instructors.
A thoroughly lovely, calm and convivial day in a supportive atmosphere. Our tutor Sam was detailed, skilled and kind. Would highly recommend this day to anyone interested in working with wood.
Spoon Carving Saturday with Dave exceeded my already monumental expectations. I traveled from across the Pond to attend, and it was worth every ounce of energy to do so. I hope to make it over again at some point. Thank you for the information and the inspiration! I aim to continue honing my skills back home and share what I can with my own community as soon as I am able. Stay well!
Lovely and inspiring workshop, such a great experience. Learnt many wood carving skills using different tools and managed to make a spoon out of a log. Would love to repeat.
I travelled all the way from Sydney to do the spoon carving and it was well worth the effort great day excellent instructor very knowledgeable and easy to follow book now you will have a great time and take home a hand made spoon 😀
Cannot recommend this highly enough! It was such a fun and relaxing day - although more challenging than I originally anticipated! Sam was such a good teacher and the whole day flew by so quickly - I am definitely coming back to do another of the courses here😊
I had a fantastic time, the instructor was patient and reassuring and very helpful. Would recommend this to anyone.
Couldn’t recommend this more, Sam was patient and gently guided everyone through the day, I’ll be back!
Had a really fantastic day on a spoon carving workshop, great teacher and lovely setting
Had a great time doing this class, would highly recommend for anyone looking to do a fun engaging activity
Awesome experience, can't recommend enough!
I can't say enough about my experience at London Green Wood! Not only was Sam's teaching style incredibly impressive, but the community space itself was absolutely wonderful. It added such a unique and warm touch to the entire learning journey. And speaking of warm, the other team members at London Green Wood were some of the most welcoming people I've ever met. It truly felt like being part of a big, friendly family. The atmosphere they've created there is something truly special. If you're looking for a place where learning is not just about skills but about being part of an amazing community, London Green Wood is the place to be. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
I had so much fun and learnt a lot.
Such a great day! The place is lovely, the pace of learning was perfect and you end up with something special to take away with you. As a total beginner I feel like I’ve now got enough knowledge to go and practise myself. Thanks Sam!
This was the best course I’ve done in a long time! Sam has a brilliant approach to teaching that allows a free flowing, no pressure, fun, creative environment that was great for beginners like my partner and I
He is extremely knowledgeable about the craft and his passion is absolutely captivating
Being outside and surrounded by so much greenery was also a huge bonus! Even in the pouring rain, it’s a calming, and cosy environment
I can’t recommend the spoon carving course enough 10/10!
I really enjoyed this course. It exceeded my expectations. The tutor was excellent.
The workshop setting is lovely - you’re immersed in a separated area of the city farm with an intimate feeling. All tools and material were provided and Sam was a fantastic instructor; he was an attentive and patient teacher, and took his time to explain everything we needed to know to craft our spoons. I’d highly recommend this workshop!
Great class, and the instructor spends a lot of time with each pupil so you feel like you're properly learning
A very good course. Good surroundings, excellent tutor, well presented teaching, very well paced - not dragging but slow enough to be sure you got it and got it inside your hands as well as simply inside your head.
Wicked. Sam is a brilliant and chill instructor who gently guides and steers and what was a deeply memorable and engaging course.
Bought as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! Said it was the best gift ever (which was definitely sincere) thanks guys!
The day was great. Learnt new skills in a lovely setting, and Sam was a very good and encouraging teacher. Can't recommend it highly enough.
A lovely way to spend a day. I've gone to two spoon workshops and can definitely see an improvement!
So much fun to learn carving spoon on site with the great tutor explaining several techniques clearly. The tutor looks after your progress of carving and build your techniques to make sure nothing go wrong. Highly recommend people who are interested in green woodworking to join this program!
I absolutely loved this class. Sam was a brilliant teacher making spoon carving interesting, enjoyable and therapeutic. I’d highly recommend to anyone!
I had the most wonderful time creating a spoon at London Green Wood.. from Chip the robin.. who was with us whilst we carved, to being surrounded by trees in beautiful haven in the middle of Hackney and Sam the teacher who was extremely attentive…you could feel the love he has for carving and teaching.. Thank you very much! Im looking forward to becoming a member, so I can pop into this magical, tranquil place, in the middle of the city :)
Very informative, very fun, and an all round great day out. Highly recommend
We had such a great day at the spoon carving class, really would recommend and definitely we would go again :) Sam was a wonderful teacher, calm, patient and kind, and made us feel very welcome. Loved the small class size, and the outdoor space. Lots of easy to understand instructions given, and we were really proud of the finished product! Thanks so much Sam!
Such a lovely day! I was very pleased with my finished spoon. Our tutor Sam was brilliant; he guided us step by step and helped when needed throughout. The workshop is held in a lovely garden and is perfectly sheltered if it rains which it did! As a complete beginner to woodwork, I found it simple to grasp as Sam demonstrated how to use the tools clearly. I’ll definitely return for a bowl workshop next!
Good vibes and wonderful teachers! There's nothing like handling blades to take your mind off the rat race. I found their spoon making course refreshing and soothing.
Fantastic day learning how to carve spoons. Excellent tuition. Creative and therapeutic. Highly recommend.
Did the one day spoon carving with Sam and had such a fun day. He is a patient and encouraging teacher with a warm welcoming energy. Really lovely setting in the farm too, you almost forget that you're in central London, thank you for such a great experience :)
Very enjoyable spoonmaking Saturday. Instructor was brilliant - clearly knowledgeable, great teaching skills, patient and non-patronising!
An excellent day all round! Can't recommend the spoon carving workshop enough. Sam, the teacher, was fantastic - friendly, informative, patient and worked well to everyone's pace. Lovely setting in the farm too. We learnt a lot and had lots of fun!
I had a lovely day carving a spoon at London Green Wood on Saturday, with my friend. The space is a wonderful retreat from busy London, and had a lovely community atmosphere, complete with a very tame little robin who kept coming to see what we were up to. Sam was a very calm, methodical teacher and as a result each person made a rather beautiful, functional spoon by the end of the day. It was a joy to see them all lined up at the end.
Great for those with no prior experience. Sam made sure to explain the whole process clearly and at a pace that everyone was comfortable with. He provided lots of encouragement and helpful tips throughout. Would thoroughly recommend!
loved it!! wonderful community
Had a wonderful time on the Spoon Carving Worshop with Sam as our guide. Clear instructions, happy to answer questions and go over information again, with a calm and warm attitude. Shame it was a bit cold but that's London for you
I did the one day spoon carving course let by Sam and it was exceptional. Sam is a very patient and encouraging teacher.
The whole day was brilliant from start to finish in lovely surroundings. It was one of the best days I’ve had in years.
It was a great experience! Sam was simply an excellent guide who gave us all the necessary basics for carving a wooden spoon.
Such a great way to spend your Saturday! A really welcoming and helpful vibe from members and the tutors. GO and make a spoon!!
A great day carving a spoon. Sam is a great teacher, the environment and atmosphere at Hackney City Farm are great, and the company was very congenial. I definitely recommend it.
A great day and excellent teacher.
It was well taught and easy to follow the instructions. Thanks!
Sam was a passionate, funny and skilful instructor. And we are now the proud owners of two new spoons!
Amazing as always!
Fantastic course - had a lovely day and came away with a spoon to be proud of. Sam was a great teacher who truly has a passion for teaching and imparting his love of wood working. Will definitely be back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
Great course - Sam was a friendly and knowledgable instructor and the pace just right over the day.
I bought this for my partner’s birthday, and we had such a good time. Sam is incredibly knowledgeable, shows amazing passion for his craft and was a wonderful teacher. He was aware of what was going on, provided help when it was needed, but allowed everyone to give each stage of the spoon carving a go before intervening if needed to provide some guidance.
The location is lovely, the vibes are good, and I would recommend for anyone who wants to give making something a try.
The spoon whittling course I took has been a highlight of 2022!! I loved it so much that I’ve gone on to buy my own spoon whittling kit and I cannot wait to apply my newly learnt skills and have a go at making a spoon.
Such a lovely day even on the coldest week of the year!
Had an excellent day out with my boyfriend doing the spoon carving course! Cold morning but was welcomed by a warm fire and tea and coffee! Sam was an amazing tutor, super helpful and patient, and made everyone feel really welcome! Learnt so much and will definitely be coming back for another London Greenwood course soon!
Great experience to learn a new hobby and relax
Such a fabulous day. Sam was a brilliant teacher - patient, kind, and fun. He explained things so well, so we felt safe using the sharp tools.
Hackney City Farm a lovely location too - with great lunch options nearby, and the opportunity to see the animals in the afternoon break.
I was also very pleasantly surprised with how my spoon turned out. Mostly thanks to Sam. Lots of laughs and a new skill is the best outcome one could hope for!
Sam was a lovely instructor, taking time to help everyone. We had no experience but felt at ease on the course. The time really flew by and was a great experience - even in the wet weather! We would really recommend this for anyone looking to try something new in a safe and welcoming environment.
Thank you London Green Wood for a wonderful break from routine. My day spoon carving was a real moment of respite I didn't even know I needed.
Another fabulous day learning how to carve a wooden spoon. Sam is an inspiring teacher and so helpful. This being my second time I appreciated the help in improving my skills and my spoon was much better! Thank you.
Oh my days this was amazing! loved it so much. Now all I want to do all day every day is carve green wood.
Tutor was brilliant and explained everything very well. The location at Hackney city farm is beautiful and you feel away from the business of London. A really meditative, but also strenuous day facilitated by passionate wonderful people. Itching to sign up for the next one!
Had a great day carving a spoon. Really good teacher, calm and supportive. Hoping to do another course soon.
Another great class with London Green Wood. Sam was an excellent spoon carving teacher and it was a great way to spend a Sunday.
Such a great day learning to spoon carve. Super relaxing and meditative. My spoon is used everyday and I can’t wait to do another course - thank you!
Brilliant class with a fantastic teacher. I really enjoyed making my wobbly spoon! Would recommend highly to everyone.
Spoon carving workshop with Sam was just what I needed - a form of therapy after a long and difficult work week. Great instruction, lovely surroundings, fabulous weather too.
A really fantastic day. Very educational and left me with lots of new skills to practice on my own. Very enjoyable, good pace; well led by Sam the teacher.
Properly brewed coffee available throughout the day was a bonus!
Would highly recommend the course to anyone considering doing it - you won't be disappointed.
A most enjoyable workshop. Sam's instructions were clear and empowering instructions and he cultivated an atmosphere that was both relaxing and invigorating.
I bought this for my partner for her birthday and the two of us went together in early October. We had Sam who was such an interesting, calm and engaging tutor - showing us how to turn a block of wood into a spoon. He offered one to one advice and made us feel capable when handling new tools. I also loved the way he talked so reverently about the wood. I left feeling so light, best Sunday in a long time. Have the bowl making class on my mind…
Thank you for a great day! It was very relaxing and very peaceful to sit and learn something new. It was a very good day.
Great class, learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves! I'll come again.
The Spoon Carving course was brilliant!
Sam was a lovely engaging and friendly instructor who is also very attentive and has lots of time for you. I learnt a lot about working with wood and different tools as I made the spoon (which I am very proud of).
What an amazing day! Sam was such a good teacher - so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and so patient with us beginners. I loved the process and I can’t wait to use the end result. Thank you.
A brilliant whole day course, full of practical advice and well-demonstrated techniques from the tutor (Sam, on our day).
Recommended for anyone who finds pleasure in making things carefully and slowly; a calming distraction from City life.
What a fantastic day! I did ask myself beforehand if a whole day dedicated to spoon carving might be a bit too boring. On the contrary, it was totally absorbing, very relaxing and inspiring. Facilitator was friendly, chilled out and a very clear instructor.
An incredibly enjoyable and therapeutic experience. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try out new skills in a safe and welcoming environment.
A wonderful experience that has set my wood carving appetite on fire. Sam was a fantastic tutor, sensitive to each person's creative journey, with the perfect balance of support where needed, whilst encouraging each of us to risk finding our own way. I bought a knife and carried on at home the next day, and now I'm hooked (don't have a hook knife yet!). I look forward to doing the workshop intro course so can make regular use of this wonderful community under the trees. Thank you so much.
We had a great day carving spoons with Sam. No previous experience. Some of us keen to do more.
Really wonderful day.
Sam was great, the skills I have learned and the time at the workshop were truly great!
Great teaching, felt part of the group and real time for individual help and advice. One day spoon making really a fantastic introduction and I made a spoon! Looking forward to the next course. Huge thank you.
Great experience! Had a great time carving our spoons, Sam was very helpful and we enjoyed having him as our guide for the day. Loved the location, felt like being outside of London, working outdoors with all the big trees above you. Highly recommended!
Really great experience getting involved in some wood carving. Sam was a fantastic teacher with great patience and ability to lead a group. Highly recommend!
It was great, thanks. Felt very welcome and looked after. I hope to come again soon.
The workshop (spoon carving) was very nice and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The location of the workshop is quite noisy though, next to the main road. The day of the workshop there was also a party at the adjacent coffee place. So it was quite difficult to hear and follow the instructor at times
I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners’ spoon making workshop. Sam was an excellent teacher. He was very patient and thorough.
Loved it, great group super chill environment and nice pace by a mild mannered tutor who knew his stuff!
Great day making a spoon and learning how to use the axe, knife, and scoopy knife. Really recommend it. Good and patient teacher. 10/10.
Really enjoyed my day of spoon carving and Sam was a great teacher