some comments from recent visitors …
Andrew, firstly thank you very much indeed for running your wonderful course over last weekend and for your patience, tolerance and perseverance in watching over this particularly inept pupil, particularly whilst working his way through your stock of inlay strips. It really was a great pleasure to have some insight into your world of box making and learn to appreciate the skills, experience and craftsmanship that you bring to the subject.
Peter A, Wiltshire
I learned an incredible amount in the two days we had together. I think I will practise for a year or so, then come back and tune it up .
Cheri B, Vancouver
I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and just wished it had gone on a bit longer because it was so enjoyable. Here I think you should take the credit for demonstrating with thoroughness the techniques, showing considerable patience, responding positively to lots of questions and dividing your time between the four of us and ensuring no one ever felt left out. I would also add that it was good to meet the three other participants because I think overall the whole weekend benefited from the friendly and supportive atmosphere.
After having a few days to ponder the week and think about where I’m going from here with my boxmaking, I find I am more committed than ever. The week was just what I had hoped for and more. On the teaching end I know it is often difficult to know whether you are doing the right thing or not, so I want to tell you that you helped me in ways that only you could have. My mind has been buzzing since I left your shop and despite the pleasures of London, I could hardly wait to get home and back to work. You’re a great teacher … in short, I had a perfect time, and enjoyed our discussions immensely.
Roger B, US
Many thanks for your help and assistance during my two days. The relaxed approach suited me and your willingness to answer my questions appreciated. I have gained some invaluable knowledge that would have taken forever without your assistance. The information on machinery and techniques has now given me the knowledge to place my main order and plan my workshop layout. As stated I will hopefully return later in the year when my schedule has eased, if it ever does!
Andy H, Laurencekirk, UK
My head was still spinning with all the methods and ideas you showed me during Tuesday and Wednesday. I really feel I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve spent today going through my notes and photos and just thinking through where I go next with my boxmaking.
Its going to take me a few months to introduce what I’ve learnt with you. I’m sure my boxes will advance and improve greatly during that time.
David W, UK
Thank you so much for all your kindness, patience and guidance over the weekend. It was quite the best workshop I have attended. My notebook, and head, are crammed full of techniques and ideas that should keep me going for quite a while. I trust that you had a relatively quiet day yesterday, with not too many questions per hour. Thank you for really inspiring me to have serious go at box making …
Paul S, UK
I enjoyed the day yesterday a great deal, thanks for all the help and instruction, as soon as I can find the time I will be trying to make some Cross-Banding for my box.
Andy N, UK
Hi Andrew! firstly, thank you very much for a brilliant weekend. I had a really good two days with you and learnt so much — I was still taking it all in when I was flying down the motorway. The other guys were great, and I think their enthusiasm and humour made for an exceptional experience. You have a very special environment you have created that allows you to be both creative – which you naturally are – and to be where you want to be in this increasingly stressful world!! The standard and quality of the work that you teach and produce is exceptional, and certainly sets the bar for any aspiring novices such as myself.
Jamie F, UK
Thank you for hosting it. I learnt a great deal from the exercises, much more than I had anticipated. I also learnt a lot of useful tricks and tips …
Chris W, UK
Just a quick note to say thanks for your time and patience and for a great weekend. I am really pleased with the quality of box we managed to produce I such a short time. I’m sure I’ll be in touch again as finish this one and when I try to go it alone.
Dave W, UK
… thank you for your patient explanation of how to construct better boxes and your attention to fine detail. We both came away with a better appreciation of our skill levels and how to improve upon them.
Peter S, UK
… the one-to-one tuition was performed in a nice relaxed friendly atmosphere. A very enjoyable time spent in your work shop picking your brains and delving into your knowledge which was expounded generously.Thanks for the course. It really was excellent. I did learn a lot.
Andrew B, Gloucs
Hi Andrew … thank you for everything last week i had a wonderful time and learned a lot …
Michael M, Edinburgh
… thank you for an extremely enjoyable and informative weekend.
Terry S, London
I thought that I would just drop you a line to thank you for the time spent with you last week. I found the entire day most profitable and educational.
Stuart D, Lancs
Thank you very much for the tuition last week; I really enjoyed the three days and your hospitality was first class. It has helped me enormously, not just in understanding the techniques involved but has also helped me plan my next stage of development.
Richard N, Surrey
Many thanks for a wonderful weekend of tuition. Marion and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously. It really is good to focus on something completely different and forget the trials and tribulations of our routine work!
Marion and Dave – South Wales
… I had a great time!
Martin G, Bristol
… my thanks about great box making days!
Jussi M – Finland
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for the tuition last weekend. Dad and myself really enjoyed our weekend in your workshop, and left feeling very inspired (and slightly daunted!) by the level of perfectionism that you give to your work.
Chris S, UK
Thanks for your time and expertise during my visit, I feel I learnt a huge amount. It was a fascinating day and great to see the real art in the flesh.
Darrell C, Bucks
It was great meeting you … I certainly left you with instilled confidence that I can progress with my box making skills. You’ve got a great set up, easy relaxed manner and you managed to answer all my questions. I honestly feel my box making will improve 100% as a benefit of spending time with you.
Graham P, Liverpool
Thank you very much for your hospitality … and the fine week we had in Acton Scot. Allen has enjoyed his tuition tremendously and is already talking about going back for another week.
Marrie and Allen, Holland.
I enjoyed my time in your shop, and felt that I learned a lot. Thanks so much for all you did.
Mark W – Minnesota
Thanks again for a brilliant day!
Martin H, Oxford
Andrew – I just wanted to extend my thanks for an excellent day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and walked away considerably more knowledgeable and very enthused.
Mark S, Kent
Thanks for an enjoyable weekend …
Mark T, Berks
… thanks again for a great couple of days – i really enjoyed spending time with you
David E, Bristol
Many many thanks for an interesting and enjoyable three days tuition and especially for your flexibility that allowed us to cover a great many aspects of box-making. I feel well advanced in several areas.
Digby M, Edinburgh