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What an excellent day! Helped by the weather, by being blisteringly hot, but mainly by the day. The crew were all friendly and helpful whilst also being very professional, they corralled us all from various car parks and shepherded us to the clearing where we were to spend the day. The group were of mixed ability and were pleasantly sorted by Ray himself into groups. Tuition was tailored to the individual and was only given as need or requested. Ray gave an interesting talk on axes, (and as a result I have now resurrected Grandfathers felling axe from 1936!) and there uses and the all-important sharpening thereof. Later we had a similar lesson on knives and the best way to sharpening them (please tell Ray my knives and axes are now so sharp it’s scary!). I left with a spoon of which I am most proud, and use. But more importantly I have expanded not only my skill set but also my confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone who has a desire to carve wood, as all of the techniques used on the day are transferable to any and all other projects. The man himself has a presence and bearing that at once makes one feel at home but makes you listen and learn. Testament to his passion and involvement is that six months later I met him again and he remembered me from the day. That either says a lot about him or a lot about me.