Lovely place, nice people and great teachers - fully recommend!
Very intense, but fabulous day! We wee working in a stunningly beautiful setting. Tutor is very patient and helpful. I totally recommend this course.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My grandson loved the session
Thanks so much
This was a great workshop. It really inspired my daughter and was fun to do together. Wish there were more things for kids and families!
Me and my daughter really loved the class. thank you so much . we both learnt a lot and the tuition was very relaxed and we got to know the rest of the group a bit as well which was fun. well done.
I think setting up the seats beforehand would have given us a bit more time to whittle - then would be 5 stars
Great day out so nice to be whittling in nature in the middle of Hackney what a brilliant group very welcoming and felt safe at all times. Very much look forward to doing another workshop soon.
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!
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!
Enjoyed the class. I would recommend all the classes at Green Wood London.
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.
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 enjoyed my day of spoon carving and Sam was a great teacher
Very good, good learning, Jo was very helpful..
I flipping loved this workshop.
Really fun day learning how to turn a bowl on a pole lathe
A relaxed, interesting and enjoyable day, with an informative and knowledgeable trainer
Will look to visit for one of the other courses
Loved this workshop! The setting is idyllic (we did strike lucky with the weather), under a canopy of trees at Hackney City Farm. Our teacher, Sam, was fantastic. Very clear, patient, calm and encouraging, I came away with something resembling a spoon and a host of new skills involving an axe and sharp blades. I've never done anything like this before but would definitely do again. Came away feeling quite sore (chopping and whittling takes its toll) but having had a very enjoyable escape from normal life kind of day.
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!
Brilliant workshop overall. Great tuition, lots of laughs and left with a lovely spoon!
We did the spoon carving course and it was wonderful! We were taught with great care and were amazed at being able to produce a spoon at the end. Would highly recommend as a great absorbing creative activity where you forget about all else apart from your wood and tool.
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.
I did the spoon carving course with Sam on 5 April 2022. Course was really well run and Sam was an incredible instructor. He did a really great job giving advice and making sure everyone was comfortable using the tools but also letting us work independently. I had never done woodwork before and didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. I certainly felt the time fly by once I got into a rhythm and understand why people find it so relaxing. Would recommend this course to everyone
A brilliant experience, highly recommended. You can watch YouTube videos all day but getting hands on with an experienced instructor who can guide you as the wood you're working on reacts to your actions is priceless.
Great little workshop, both my daughter and I had a great time, I appreciated the focus on safety with knives at all time. We’ll definitely come back.
Sam was very helpful, friendly and professional. He made the process of learning enjoyable and easy. Thanks Sam.
Another brilliant course. Esther was great Thankyou
It was such a wonderful class! The space is great, Jo (our teacher) is lovely, knowledgeable and talented. The instructions were very clear and the suggestions during work really helpful. Could not be more happy!
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.
Wonderful day, Sam is a great instructor. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fantastic experience...great instructor! Positive environment...loved it!
Brilliant course with Sam. Would definitely recommend. Went away with lots of tips for carving at home as well as a good course on the day. Very patient & knowledgable teacher.
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.
I bought this workshop as a gift for my dad for his birthday. We both loved it! Sam was a brilliant teacher, and I feel like we both learnt lots of new skills that I hope to use again in the future. I'm keen to sign up to another London Green Wood workshop now too.
Had fantastic day carving my spoon at London Green Wood. Sam was a star. Clear, effective and patient as a teacher. Would defo recommend to everyone !
Esther was fantastic - really patient and helpful when there was something the kids were finding tricky. Zach was teaching his sister how to whittle yesterday and they were busy with it most of the day!! Thank you - would recommend
It’s been over a week since I did the spoon whittling course. I haven’t stopped thinking how good it was! With patient, brilliant tuition I was able to create my own large spoon. I have since bought new tools for whittling and can’t wait to get started. (Please be warned this course may lead to a new hobby and is VERY addictive)
I will definitely be back. Thankyou!
The course was really fun, and Sam was a great teacher, really patient and clearly passionate about carving. I went with my daughter and we both had a lovely time, it was great to have a whole day to fully immerse ourselves in a craft activity.
Great instructor, learned loads and really enjoyed it.
Really good fun. Sam was a very patient and knowledgeable teacher and even though it was January it was lovely doing it outside around a fire!
Brilliant course, with a very kind and knowledgeable instructor. Highly recommended
I spent a big portion of my day here carving my first spoon. (more to come I hope!) It was really cosy as we were outside and had a fire going. I enjoyed getting to know the other spoon carvers and Sam was an awesome tutor. I'm of course happy to have my very own spoon at home and I will definitely come back!
I really enjoyed this course, I hadn't done any woodwork before and it was great for beginners. Really friendly tutors who gave clear instructions and also encouraged me individually. Very relaxed atmosphere and lovely to be outdoors. Would recommend highly, a lovely treat.
I had a really enjoyable day learning how to carve a spoon with a great mix of interesting people. The tutors were very knowledgable , patient and understanding- I only wish it was a longer day as I could have sat for hours whittling my spoon
I had a great time learning how to make a spatula out of green wood. Highly recommend.
This was a great experience. The instructors were encouraging and patient. Learning how to carve a spoon in such a lovely setting was incredible. Would highly recommend this course to others.
Really nice course in spite of the cold
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!
We really enjoyed the class and hope to be back regularly from spring. The class was well organised, the leading lady ( bad memory to names 🤦♀️ Sorry) was very friendly, knowledgable and with positive attitude and approach to kids. We were lucky to have a small class of only 2 families. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.🙏
Brilliantly taught course - took us through all the steps of making our own spoon out of poplar wood, including learning about the different tools needed. Lots of individual guidance given too. Lovely setting at Hackney City Farm and regular tea/coffee provided.
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!
I was very disappointed, the noise from the traffic distracted from hearing the lecturer.
Great introduction to greenwood carving in a super friendly environment. Get to learn how to use a small axe to shape your spoon blank, how to use a hook knife to create the bowl and safe carving techniques with a knife. Lots of new skills to take home with your new spoon. Thoroughly recommended.
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
We had a lovely time whittling. The place is lovely and the person teaching as was super nice. I wish they had a regular weekend course for kids.
A really enjoyable day learning to use the tools. Excellent, and patient tuition which resulted in everyone in the small group finishing the day as the proud owners of a useable spoon. Highly recommended
I booked this class for my dad's birthday treat. We had an absolutely great time and would recommend highly. Sam (our teacher) was fantastic!
This is my third time at London Green Wood and once again it was once of the most fun experiences I have ever had. There is something special about sitting outside with some new and old friends and making something for yourself. Sam was a great instructor and I 100% want to return for more.
Amazing course. The tutor explained very clearly each steps such that I felt saved despite the sharp tools. He was patient and created a friendly environment. And I left with a nice spoon! I will definitely take another course.
The day long session covered all the basic safety and cutting techniques for a beginner. I had taught myself from online tutorials and demos so this day was a perfect top up to that. Ben and Sam were a great double act - teaching was relaxed and lighthearted. We had a gorgeous sunny day under the trees which helped too.
Great day out – sore hands today, but am the proud owner-maker of a lovely spoon. :)
Tutors were great, vibe very informative but relaxed. Definitely recommend if you fancy learning and doing something different.
Sorry, We missed the lesson because of external event !!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the spatula making class. I learned a lot and the teacher was very friendly. Thank you for a great time.
Great day of learning something new.
Nice relaxed atmosphere and instructors.
A really excellent, relaxing and fun day of learning new skills and working with wood with friendly and confident tuition
Thanks to the guys at Green Wood London for the excellent spoon carving course. I loved your teaching style, and especially enjoyed the axe work, superb. Many thanks, will be back in future
We didn’t really know what to expect but everyone absolutely loved this, a big groan went up from kids and adults alike when the teacher said we only had a few minutes left. The teacher was lovely, endlessly patient and good-natured. We all want to do it again.
Great workshop in a comfortable and fun green space, brilliant and attentive tutors
Thoroughly enjoyed our spoon making day. I booked this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. We were both relatively new to green wood carving, but our instructor Sam took us through everything clearly and was very patient and fun. We both love the spoons we made and now have a new passion for carving!
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.
I have wanted to take part in the workshops for a long time and was hoping to booked lots more courses starting with the spoon making course. Unfortunately l did not read the e mail and turn up a day late, my mistake, l missed my class. As a supposedly community organisation l was very disappointed to be told that l could not redeem this , which to me seemed pretty mean and makes me feel reluctant to book other courses.
The session was well structured and lasted two hours outside under the trees. We used green wood that had been freshly cut that day. We learned various techniques on knife holding, types of wood, what part of the tree to use to make different utensils, what to do to preserve the wood if you need to pause the project for a while. We worked on a marshmellow stick and a butter spreader. We didn’t finish.
Ben was a great teacher; we had a lot of fun.
Really great session with both tutors. COVID spacing was good. Oversight and instructions was clear and helpful. Definitely booking another session and bringing a friend
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.
Such a great space. Really knowledgable tutors. Lots of fun and we'll keep on spoon carving in the future!
This was the best day out (and we'd been waiting for a year because of Covid). Sam and Ben were great teachers, really patient and encouraging.
Welcoming, enjoyable and informative session. Sam is a great instructor, there was a good array of equipment for us to try, and the setting is really pleasant to work in. I'd highly recommend - thanks Sam and team
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.
I enjoyed the workshop very much. I used to do some spoons at home, but this was totally different level. We got a chance to work with green wood, spoon carving tools and an axe, which i hadn’t tried it before (surprisingly it appreared to be a source of joy and satisfaction). It was an amazing day of learning new skills, designing and making my own spoon and getting to know some very cool people. Our instructors very informative, helpful and funny. The event took place in a nice, green and secluded corner of Hackney City Farm, it was hard to believe we were in central London. Highly recommended.
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!
My 13-year-old son and I really enjoyed this session at Hackney City Farm. We made a butter knife and a marshmallow toasting fork - sitting by a fire. Jo and her colleague are charming and precise teachers. I highly recommend.
A fun morning with lovely teachers - despite the snow!
This spoon carving workshop was excellent and in a great location. Sam the tutor, took us through all the stages and at all times, taught us how to work with safe tools in a safe manner.
A great way to spend a day creating something beautiful out of wood.
100% recommend the spoon carving workshop at Hackney City Farm with London Greenwood. Bought the course as a present for my boyfriend and we had the best time. Sam was a great tutor and the group was lovely - the day flew by as we carved in the sunshine. The steps in the workshop were well explained and we came away really buzzed with our new spoons.
A really meditative class with some great new skills, and a great teacher. Came away knowing how to use an axe to carve a spoon - what more could you want?
After having my booking date changed many times ( for understandable reasons ) I actually forgot the revised date and did not show. There was a refusal to rebook me which I did did not think very helpful. I was not asking for a refund just the same level of flexibility I had to show. Im sure the course was very good but as I was given the carving knives as a Xmas present Ill just teach myself !
Amazing experience in a wonderful spot in London, a relaxed and very knowledgeable instructor and using really great, safe tools. I cannot wait to continue practising and will definitely go back to London Green Wood to learn more. Thanks!
My partner Titus gave this to me as a birthday present and it was one of the best gifts I’ve had.
Sam is a wonderful teacher and his skill and love of his craft is so apparent. He created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the day.
The day for me was a much needed de-stressor and I’d highly recommend it to anyone wanting some concentrated creative time in a safe and friendly atmosphere outdoors with an inspiring tutor.
Had a great day. Our instructor Sam was amazing and made sure we all left with a spoon. Would definitely recommend this class.
Amazing. The instructor, Sam, was very knowledgeable and upbeat. The spoon carving was very therapeutic, I'd love to go again!
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
We had a wonderful day, and came away wanting more, so already planning our next session. Thanks so much!
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.
This was a great class. Our girls are 10 and 15 years old. and in our class they both got to use the axe, the saw and the shave horse, all taught really well and safely. We came home refreshed after our time outside without screens and enjoyed it so much that we will be booking again sometime next year.
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.
The course was great - we learned a lot and my 8yo really enjoyed it. Richard the teacher was friendly, helpful, and informative, and the workshop was extremely satisfying!
My 7 year old son loved this class. He learnt loads about different woods, created two things by himself, using the tools independently and really enjoyed the hour.
My 10 year old son and I loved this workshop. He was given so much independence to use the tools himself and great guidance to use them safely. He learnt loads and felt really proud of what he achieved.
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.
Excellent. Both myself and my Grandson really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to the next workshop.
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.
We loved the whittling workshop! Thank you. It was pitched just perfectly for my 7 yr old daughter, but also fun for me as the adult as I was able to make something too. Jo the teacher was friendly and really good with advice and safety information, as well as telling us about the wood we were using. We tried about 3 different techniques and made a couple of lovely marshmallow sticks. We are inspired to buy our own knives and continue whittling! Thank you.
The course was fantastic. The pace was relaxed and allowed for all of us to move forward as a group but plenty of time to go at your own pace and level. The space itself is so nice and everyone was very warm and welcoming. I would strongly recommend the course! A really great way to unplug and be outside and you learn loads. We left feeling very confident in being able to take things forward on our own.
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 👍🏽
Really good course, both teachers very informative and helpful. It was a busy four days and great that we were hands on working all the time
Lots of space to ask questions and a good mix of group and individual attention
The 4 day introduction course was great fun - the tutors were wonderful and I learned new skills each day. I'm can't wait to do another course!
I really enjoyed the course - teaching was excellent, and the range of tasks was well considered. Would definitely recommend!
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!
Excellent teaching, new techniques and tools. Good range of items to make and to be able to make a final piece from log to table is a wonderful experience.
We really enjoyed it. Well organised and in a great location. It's good to learn something new and have something to take home with you. My daughter wants to go back and do more.
my partner loved this workshop and now has the spoon carving bug
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
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!
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!
This was a great workshop, we both really enjoyed it. It was really good to go to a workshop for a parent and child to learn a new skill together. I was hoping for a hand carving course though so we could continue at home after the course, so a little more information about the content before would have been very useful. We will probably try and book another one in the summer though, the venue was good as was the instruction.
Both 9 year old Dermot and his grandad loved the session and plan to book another one very soon!
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
It was fantastic! Jo showed us, in stages, what we needed to do and let us get on with it. My son, Harry, loved it because he was able to be really hands on with the tools and you also get to take your piece home with you at the end. I especially loved it and we are now looking forward to our next workshop together with Jo. Highly recommend London Green Wood CIC and Jo for her lovely calm and informative approach.
My 7 year old had a fantastic time in family whittling!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
An inspiring afternoon workshop from which we not only took away our wooden creations but sound knowledge of types of wood and safe whittling tips. Getting to work on the 'shaving horse' with a two handled knife was an added bonus. Great to be outdoors working with our hands - we loved it! Thank you.
Fantastic. Lovely surroundings, and nice to do something calming and learn a new skill!
Great place, great community, best tutors!! Thank you!!
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!
We loved it.
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!
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!
Great experience, definitely plan to go back. Lovely activity & lovely location.
We all really enjoyed it
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.
Great experience - highly recommended
The bowl carving workshop takes place outside in the peaceful surrounds of the cemetery at Stoke Newington. Jo the workshop leader has infinite patience and a great deal of knowledge that she is happy to share. A cup of tea, a chat and a chocolate biscuit whilst taking a break made for a great day.
Another 5 star course. The Introduction to Green Woodwork course was a great way to learn to work with a range of tools and wood. Informative and relaxed and guided brilliantly by Jo and Dave who provided skilful, nudging towards improving techniques. Over the four days I came away with a number of hand-made items and feeling much more confident with my green wood working. Inspiring. I would wish this course for anyone wanting a little respite from the pace of this city of ours. Thank you.
Excellent 4 day course ,taught by very knowledgeable and helpful prople.A great introduction to working with green wood.
Totally enjoyable experience. Learnt a great deal.
Another brilliant course from London Green Wood. Would really recommend. Will def be signing up as a member. The teachers are patient, kind and super knowledgable
Fantastic skills, space, and people. Happy to have found this little oasis in London.
The induction course was easily the best craft or skill workshop I’ve ever done. Great tutors in a lovely space. You come out of it with a solid grounding in understanding green wood working technics to build on.
Absolutely fantastic introduction to wood carving. Excellent teachers and the most welcoming and fun atmosphere, I can't wait to join the co-op and start working on my own projects
The 4 day course was brilliant with excellent very patient tutors. I learnt such a lot and can’t wait to make more spoons
Very enjoyable time outdoors making spatulas, spreaders and spoons with lovely trainers. Not as easy as it may first appear, but there's plenty of help and guidance. Must try the wood turning next!
Really informative and thorough introduction to the basics of green woodworking. I had lots of fun and made some new friends.
I'm excited to continue my green woodworking journey!
A very full and thorough four-day course. I'd been doing carpentry for years but never really tried my hand at working with green wood. By the end of the course I felt that I'd acquired a whole set of new skills and techniques.
Relaxing, outdoor course in the autumnal sunshine, learning the basics of wood carving. Super relaxing and informative, from block to spoon, spatula, butter knife, tooling, sharpening, care and safety. Highly recommended.
I just loved this workshop with London Green Wood! Super interesting, very well organised, and very kind and relaxing. My main reaction after the workshop was that I needed to find a way to spend more time woodcarving and that London Green Wood was the perfect place to do it!
An oasis of calm in central London. It is difficult to convey in words the immense satisfaction this 4 day course produced, time slowed down, It has left a hunger to learn more. Thank you…
Exceptional teaching on the four day course. Skills really broken into achievable bite sized chunks. An absolute pleasure to be part of.
Move over mindfulness courses! This is the best way to settle the busy mind and have some focussed creative time in a wonderful outdoor setting with a patient and calm tutor.
This course delivers what it sets out to deliver... Our tutor, Cyriaque, was patient and knowledgeable. The group was a good size (6 participants) and all the members I met were friendly and helpful. I learned loads and loved it! I am looking forward to returning to LGW for more green woodworking and friendly connections!
What a wonderful, in-depth course. I learned so much and came away with so much knowledge I can apply to my own work. I'm looking forward to doing more courses with London Green Wood.
I am a forest school leader and use an axe, knife, mallet, saw regularly. However I had so much fun, taking time out in their beautiful workshop to really learn about fine tool work, sharpening and different green wood techniques and tools. I never knew spoon carving wood be so much fun! I highly recommend the four day intro for anyone who's interested in using their hands for fun, hobby, crafting and to spend time in a calm, social space. The facilitator leading the teaching was helpful, knowledgable and easy to learn from.
I had an amazing experience with London Green Wood. Cyriaque is an excellent teacher, giving us confidence with the tools and grips. I can't recommend this course enough, everyone was so friendly and helpful. Thank you :)
Very informative, knowledgeable instructors and great fun
Amazing course for everyone interested in green wood! As a complete beginner, I learned a lot from Jo and Cyriac, who are both very good teachers. Definitely recommend!
Such an amazing group and a brilliant experience!
Excellent course very good teachers. Atmospheric venue. Would highly recommend.
great course! well structured with super friendly teachers. the new location is great too!
Loving it so far! Shame it's not Abney Park but the guys have done great job of making HCF a nice home. Thanks.
This is a really great course to introduce you to woodwork. We learnt many different work carving techniques and made lots stuff that we could take home (spoons, knives, spatulas, etc). I’ve now joined as a member and will be going back to the workshop to continue learning and making. 100% recommend :)
This was an amazing, discovery filled 4 day experience! Fun, educational, thoughtful, practical, relaxing, intense... it had it all! Lovely conversations, a new useful skill learned, new friends made and time well spent! I just want to keep coming back! And I will, it is already in my plans. If you are considering this course, give it a try! It is money well spent and you will get all of the basic knowledge for your own future green woodworking projects.
This was a superb course which I bought for my husband. He found. Jo to be a brilliant teacher who supported the learners different abilities and interests. It was a mixed gender group and he came home feeling accomplished after each session.
Great class, really helpful, good equipment and a lovely day in a little city woodland corner in the sun. What more can you ask for. Highly recommended.
Lovely place, nice people and great teachers - fully recommend!
Very intense, but fabulous day! We wee working in a stunningly beautiful setting. Tutor is very patient and helpful. I totally recommend this course.