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★ ★ ★ ★ ★Excellent!
What a fantastic four days! Maurice is so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. The best part was that it was a hard four days - you certainly get your money's worth. Brilliant course and Maurice is so willing to impart valuable knowledge at every step. Can't wait for my next course!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★A fantastic experience
We had a wonderful three days on the build your own pole lathe course. We loved every minute of it and learned so much. It's great to come away with a working pole lathe. Maurice was a very patient teacher, particularly given how useless I am with a drill! We will certainly be looking to participate in more courses with him in the future and can thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone, no matter how basic your skills.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Patient Teacher
Enjoyed my four days to make a working pole lathe and shave horse. Maurice is very patient teacher and gave very clear instructions about how to work with greenwood. The lathe is ready to go but I may need to build a shelter with all this rain.
The Kirkley Hall Farm workshop is in a pleasant situation close to Newcastle.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★make your own pole lathe
Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it. Students were able to work steadily at their own respective paces. But expect a full 2 days building the lathe! The 3rd day is for getting used to how to turn wood on your new product.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★Great way to spend three or four days and in God’s own county.
I recently had the very enjoyable experience of attending the Pole Lathe Building and Green Woodworking Course run by Maurice (Pyle)at Kirkley Hall College near Ponteland in Northumberland. The location was an extra treat as I am Northumbrian!
We built our own pole-lathe to Maurice’s design and with some one-to one instruction and got them working for the first two days and then were introduced to the arcane mysteries of turning a log into an object of beauty (at least to the eye of this beholder!) in my case a rolling pin!
The numbers on the course were small (7) and they were all kindred spirits which meant that it was fun as well as instructive and we all got personal attention.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend this course and venue very highly to anyone interested in wishing to build your own tool and also learning to use it (at least the rudiments as I soon realized that there are many hours of practice to come.
Maurice also advises and can provide tools for purchase and they are of a very high quality.
What could be nicer!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★a great experience
Loved this course.
Didn't imagine I could learn so much. The green woodworking I expected but the bonus was all the 'normal' woodwork involved in making the lathe.
The improved focus I got from doing this kind of craft work has continued, again something I didn't expect. When I signed up for this I wondered what we'd be doing for three days!
I would have happily stayed another three and more.