Previous Courses

Below are a selection of letters and pictures from some of our previous courses run in the UK. Click here for information on our current UK courses.

Frame made by Mr peter Atkins at Urchfont Manor. Seat woven with diamond pattern by Mrs Rosemary Atkins

Hi Peter & Patricia,

May I reiterate what a fantastic time Liz, Jon and I had on the course at Urchfont. We are extatic with the results. Patricia and you are consumate professionals and I would recommend the course to anyone.

With Best Wishes,

Tony, Gloucestershire.

Jim’s double bow splat back Windsor (before finish and after)

I cannot thank you and Patricia enough for the help, interest and instruction you both provided at Urchfont. As you know I have dabbled in many handicraft areas during my life, but had never tried or even contemplated making a Windsor chair…..

Well, the course itself exceeded all expectations. The setting, the facilities, the other course participants and above all the help and guidance you and Patricia provided that resulted in me taking a chair back with me that our friends and visitors think is an article of beauty…. although we put in a lot of hours during the week, the whole experience was one of pure enjoyment and fun with the added prize of creating an elegant chair from sawn timber. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable weeks of my life, and if I can find room for another chair, I will definitely come again.

Jim, High Wycombe.

Harry with his stickback windsor

I want to thank you for all the assistance you gave me in making a chair I shall treasure always. Apart from showing me new techniques, what I found amazing were the numerous jigs and fixtures to allow us to carry out the complex drilling operations in a manner which would do credit to a production line…..I am sure that everyone on the course would agree with me that their efforts were in every case very satisfying.

Harry, Reading.

Windsor Chair Class at Urchfont Manor

"Peter, Just a word to let you know how much I enjoyed learning to use new tools and different techniques. I liked your 'let them get on with it' style and am extremely happy with the result. Thanks again. Earl"

Dear Peter,
I just want to place on record my sincere thanks for organising and presenting such an excellent course at Urchfont Manor. I know you would be the first to acknowledge the part played by Patricia, and as such I want to include her in my appreciation of a great team!!! The course was brilliant; I enjoyed every minute, and learned such a lot. The food was pretty good too!

My chair is now complete, and I enclose a couple of photographs for your interest and information. I'm actually quite pleased with the way it worked out, but I'd be the first to admit that I couldn't have done it without all your help.
Kind Regards, Martyn (Wolverhampton).

Thank you so much for for such an interesting and instructive course. I know I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I am sure the others did. We all appreciated your and Patricia's patience and good humour and the long hours you put in to make the week such fun.
Sam Benrose (Somerset)