Rowden Atelier Woodworking School (Wood working class)

College Rd, Shebbear, Beaworthy EX21 5RE, United Kingdom

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Jo Hobbis

I did the month -long course at Rowden in July. The group was just five people, which I gather is about the usual intake size for the courses at Rowden. There were other students at different stages on the year and six month courses, all of whom were friendly, encouraging and helpful. This attitude was also noticeable in the tutors, all of whom were happy to help even if not directly tasked with teaching our group. Our tutor, Steve explained things clearly and was encouraging. Our group was very mixed in terms of previous experience but Steve was able to adapt quickly to the needs of each student as he moved around the workshop. He ensured that everybody achieved the precision of working required and we were each encouraged to work at our own pace. The daily lectures, attended by all students were also interesting and useful. I found the course extremely enjoyable and rewarding. It fulfilled all my hopes and expectations and filled me with confidence. I would recommend the course very strongly to anyone who wants to become more confident and skilled with hand tools.

Isabel Münter

I attended the one month course at Rowden, and loved it! We were five students in total with various levels of previous experience, and our teacher Steve made sure that everyone were challenged appropriately. I really enjoyed my time both in class and socially, and I was sad to leave. If circumstances would allow it, I would have continued staying for longer! I can't recommend Rowden enough and I hope to be able to take another course there one day.

Ross McOuat

I completed the one month course in October 21. As someone with no experience of woodworking since workshop class in high school, I had little idea what to expect. However, even for a complete beginner, the training is top quality, providing a rigorous grounding in use of apparently simple hand tools via a series of structured tasks which teach each element (marking, planing, sawing, chiseling) in turn and then combining them to increase the complexity and number of processes in a given job. The course is targeted as an introduction for future cabinet makers - ie those with a desire to design and build their own fine furniture. Check out the alumni portion of the web site to see the work of previous students. The atmosphere is collegiate and supportive, really embodying the atelier principle. Fellow students ranged from novices like me to people with 'twenty years experience in restoring furniture' - but the trainers were able to accommodate the different pace of the various individuals. Also, one a personal note, I found that the work demands complete focus and concentration - really, 'mindfulness'. A perfect antidote to the stress and noise of the corporate world.

Helen Young

Best week ever! Our teacher Johnathan was simply brilliant at encouraging us to always aim to get finer results, whilst supporting us as we learnt new skills. Somehow he also made the week fun. All the instructors and longer term students made us feel welcome from day1. The daily talks were absolutely fascinating and the inspiration from everyone was priceless. You wouldn’t believe what can be achieved in wood until you’ve seen it at Rowden!

carrie fletcher

I had a really great weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed the box making course, who'd have thought I would be able to make something that looks so beautiful in such a short amount of time - not me for sure! And I was totally immersed in what I was doing, a truly perfect way to relax. Ed was an extremely good tutor, very patient and encouraging, making very clear instructions as we went along. Thanks very much, I am inspired and have the confidence to continue woodworking and to make the most of the beautiful tools that my father left behind.

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