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Some of the kind words customers and students have said about us

To Maurice, Claire and Izzy,

thank you all so much for an amazing week.  It was an amazing opportunity, a chance to see Norway, to experience Norwegian woodworking (and more...), to enjoy some fantastic food and make new friends. Your place is magical and the welcome we got and generous hospitality made it a week to remember.

Many thanks to all of you from Annette.

 (Stayed with us in Norway August 2011, helped build coracles and make repairs to an old log boat house)

Hello, Maurice.

A quick note to say I had a great weekend on the course, thoughly enjoyed all aspects, the weather just right.

The other quests were all spot on, very friendly.

Plus, the tools I ordered fitted through my letter box, brill!

Thank you, Paul.

Hello Claire

Just to let you know the axe and the wedge arrived safely thanks – an excellent service.

I have just bought some woodlands so I imagine I will buying more from you in the future – I hope to make charcoal so a mini kiln is likely to be on the list!

Best wishes, Jo

By Jo

Dear Maurice and Claire,

Thanks again for a very special stay in your beautiful log house in Norway. We so enjoyed the whole experience, meeting your friends, canoeing, mushroom picking and getting to know you both.

(Kath and Phil stayed with us in Norway for a week in August 2011, teaching basket making, but managed to pack in quite a bit more.....)


Thanks for that and I have to say you guys are really good to deal with so thanks and well done!

Have a great Christmas.

“The recent Shrink Box course was a great introduction to this technique, it is similar to spoon-making in that it is a skill which requires few tools and can be practiced at home using easily available timber.  A great mix of interesting people and expert tuition in a beautiful and relaxed setting.”

Dan attended Shrink Boxes 1 day course in June 2013

I would just like to thank you for a fantastic weekend. I found it interesting and informative and the skills and techniques learned will benefit me and develop my interest in Green Woodworking.

I think we were spoilt with the weather, which enhanced the experience. The location was beautiful, the outdoor setting just added to a tranquil weekend.

I found the whole experience very rewarding. I intend in the future too take part in further courses that you offer. I would highly recommend your course too anyone thinking of taking up Green Woodworking.


I have made a few orders from you via your website over the last year. You provide a quality of service that I can't fault and I am very happy with the fact that you use recycled materials for packaging, ensuring that every item is received in pristine condition. It's for these reasons I am regularly recommending you to friends and contacts (at least those that do not already know of you).

By Mark

Hi Maurice, Just a quick note to thank you for your good humour and superb instruction over the last few days.  I very much enjoyed each element of the course despite having a sore bum this morning after working on the shavehorse yesterday.  It was also enjoyable meeting such a diverse group of people with similar aims and hearing your many tips about working with various types of wood.

By Rick L

HI Maurice

Thought you might like to see the finished products! Thanks for a great course – we all really enjoyed it and feel we learnt such a lot in two days. Now looking at designs for pole lathes!

By Sian

The physical environment at Flint Mill is just right for woodworking courses.

The atmosphere is always friendly, welcoming, conducive to good learning and understanding when students are less than perfect.

The tuition you offer is patient, thorough and supportive.

I have left the shrink box course (as I have done with all the courses I've attended) pleased with my learning and glad to take my shrink box home - it now serves in the kitchen for utensils

If I had more time I would come back to do courses that I have already done!

Best Wishes

Hi Maurice,

Thanks you very much for a great day today. It has been a great delight to be at the Flint Mill again and to benefit from your skill and expertise and to come away with a new skill!

By Nigel

Morning Maurice

Just a brief email to say a huge thank you for a fantastic last three days of courses.  Although we were blessed with the weather - I am convinced that the three days would have been just as inspirational had it been different.  I had an awesome time and am already looking forward to booking some more with you!

By Adrian

Hi Maurice,

A slightly belated but very big thank you for the knife roll. It arrived perfectly on time and was perfect. The leather outer was really substantial and I am expecting it to last for all of the camping trips that  I can foresee. Thank you so much for arranging this for me, my husband was very pleased.

Best wishes for 2014

By Nicola

Dear Woodsmith Team,

     Thank you for such great service and support. I am very impressed with how quickly you respond to customers. I love woodworking and will be sure to support you and advertise your store by word of mouth.
     I am a teacher for special needs students and run a little woodshop. I teach them tool and shop safety, introduce them to various tools (drills, saws, sanders, routers) and how to safely run them. We build outdoor furniture.
     I just wanted your company to know its customers and how woodworking can truly be for anybody regardless of gender, race or learning ability! Keep up the great work!

Dear Maurice,

I just thought I'd let you know that the Hans Karlsson Sloyd Axe has arrived safely.

Wow! It really is a beautiful tool in all respects: design, manufacture and finish are all superb!  I will look forward to putting this one through its paces in the early part of next week.

Thank you for getting it out so efficiently; as ever, you have given this satisfied customer excellent service.

Very best wishes,

Hi, Just a quick thank you for sending my purchases so promptly and in perfect condition.

I am very happy with my new Wetterlings Outdoor Axe and GB sharpening stone and cannot fault the service or products, I look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Kindest regards, James

By James

I just wanted to say thank you for sending the leather strop and paste so promptly, and for also including a nice hardwood block. Everything seems to work well and my knives are sharper than ever.


By David

Dear Woodsmith,

I've done extensive research online for information about riven wood fencing, and I'm really impressed with your website/organization. Great work!  You're the best resource I've seen.

I live in the U.S. and would like to build a riven oak fence for my home/yard. Sadly, we don't seem to have many options for classes here in the states. What books would you recommend that give enough detail to be useful?

Thanks! Your newly devoted fan.

Hi woodsmith team,

Just a quick email to say thank you for my parcel and excellent customer service. I will be telling everyone about your excellent company (you were also recommended to me by someone else). I have my kettle on the log burner as we speak

Keep up the great work and I hope you have a great summer

Kind Regards

By Ayse

Dear Claire & Team,

I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the service and quality of products you have provided me.

I was told about your site after being on a pole lathing course last month, and found it very easy to navigate with a great level of information & advice that a newby like me needed. I really liked the fact that it was obvious which tools were specific to pole lathing and green woodworking.

I am trying my best to be more ethical in life, so it is always so nice to find an independent seller that really cares about the products they sell and the service they provide. Thank you for contacting me to keep me informed about the delivery times due to the Easter break; I received the products as expected on Tuesday, and have already started using them - great products!

I see that you are going to be present at the Bodgers Ball in May, it'll be my first year attending; I'm planning to come along with my family on the Saturday. Look forward to seeing you there.

By Sean

Hi Maurice,

Thanks for a fab weekend it was fabulous, I felt like I was getting somewhere. What a great group too!!

By Mark

Just to let you know that my order arrived the following day. Thank you for your excellent service.


By Matthew

Hi Maurice – excellent, what can I say?  As expected, brilliant service!  :-)

By Mike

Brilliant website, really easy to order. Fantastically fast response.

Kind regards,

By Mark

Hi Maurice,
many thanks for the update and the excellent service on my last two orders, top quality tools at fair prices - just what I like! The Gransfors Bruk carving axe especially is a joy to work with and the Mora knives are really good,
thanks again,

By Pete

Hi woodsmith team,

Just a quick email to say thank you for my parcel and excellent customer service. I will be telling everyone about your excellent company (you were also recommended to me by someone else). I have my kettle on the log burner as we speak

Keep up the great work and I hope you have a great summer

Kind Regards

By Ayse

Good morning, Woodsmith,

I received my order yesterday, many thanks for your excellent service.

Warmest regards,

By William

Hi Maurice, Just wanted to say thank you for the courses last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them and learnt so much. The company was also super as was your patient tuition, and of course the cake was delicious and so nicely cut with the japanese pullsaw! I am now finishing off my second shrink pot and looking forward to making my own from scratch.

You'll have seen that I have placed an order for sharpening equipment. I can now see how my less than sharp tools were holding me back. It's a lot of stuff but it will set me up for years, Your course has taken the worry out of sharpening my tools and this is a lasting benefit.

Thank you again.

By Matthew

How the heck do you do it… the Little Viking arrived at work before I did!

Thank you! As ever, your outstanding service protects me from my own idiosyncrasies... All the best... xxx

By Will

Thank You for the wonderful service. I did receive the hatchet yesterday Dec.30 and was able to use it a bit in the shop. It has quickly become my most prized tool. To me it feels such good balance and the handle is perfect for me. 

There will be no hesitation in purchasing from you again. There are some good quality wood carving chisels in my shop but will be saving up for a nice adze and froe.  By this time again next year I should be ready to order again.  Please have a wonderful new year holiday and a great 2015.      

Thanks again,

By Paul


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!

Many thanks for your help and advice with reguards to a new shaft for an old weterling axe. The item sent was received next day and fitted within half an hour. Perfect fit and finish. It is so good to find someone who puts the customer and service as the priority. Thanks again Ian

I just wanted to say thank you for getting the axe over to me today. The packaging was great and the axe arrived in perfect condition.  I'm really pleased with the look and feel of the axe. I'm actually looking forward to using it this weekend.  My wife would tell me to grow up.

Kind regards,



Thank you very much for taking the time to let me know whats going on with this line of axes. I am not accustomed to this kind of personal service, we just do not get it in the States. I have their Scandinavian Forest Axe, and it is amazing. I look forward to hearing from you when these once again become available.

Kind regards,

By Aldous

Cracking website, glad I needed a new pair of handles to point me towards it.

By Colin

Hi Claire & Maurice,

Just wanted to say thanks for some excellent service. Everything that we ordered has arrived and it all came well packed up. It’s been great working with you, we’ll definitely be back in the future.

By Mike

Received my adze. Thanks very much. Great product great service.


By Steve

Excellent products

I have bought 2 quality wood carving products from Woodsmith over the last year for my spoon carving projects- initially a Brusletto Carving Knife (with Honing Paste and Leather Set) which has proved to be a very fine knife indeed - well sized, with a long lasting edge and comfortable to use. It is also a fine looking knife, complete with excellent leather sheath. The second item was a Hans Karlsson Minigouge 15mm, bought as an alternative to my right handed crook knife. I have found it more practical to use than the crook for the forming of spoon bowls. It fits my hand very well and is comfortable and controllable to use, and razor sharp.

All in all excellent products backed up with a good web site and service. Recommended

By Anon

hi there maurice and claire:

just to say a huge THANK YOU for our lovely weekend.

we feel as if new worlds and possibilities have been opened to us, not just the realisation of a long-held aspiration. we loved not only the tuition, substance, content, company, but the companionship, vibe, vocabulary, connections, tradition, rhythm, approach... going out into the woods today for a walk with ruby (the dog!), was a deepened experience, with appreciation on new levels of understanding.

By Annie L

I look forward to getting this axe and putting it to use. I am very impressed with your website especially the array of tools and instructional info on offer. Expect further orders from me in the future.

I appreciate you taking the time to look over the axes for me.


Hi Woodsmith,

Got the tongs and they are brilliant, thanks for the super fast shipping service and quick refund


By Mark

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.

A great way to spend three or four (if you want to make a shave-horse as well) days and in God’s own county. What could be nicer!





By Mike

Just wanted to say that I received my Gransfors Bruk Hand Hatchet this morning, well packaged and in great condition, thanks for the wonderful service that you provide ...will recommend The Woodsmith's Store to my friends and will purchase from you in future ....John, Isle of Skye.

Hi Claire,

Thank you for the swift service the equipment has arrived today and is in perfect condition thank you so much for your fantastic service and im sure the explorer scouts will love the activity

By Jamie


Thank you for your great service in respect of my order which I placed yesterday.

The Wetterlings Buddy arrived safe and well, was undamaged and was well protected in the wrapping.

Thanks to you and your dedicated team for providing me with a great buying experience once again.

Yours sincerely

John M Ward.

Isle of Skye.

Message: Hello! Just wanted to say thank you so much. My purchases arrived promptly in my letterbox yesterday. Your package was thoughtfully wrapped ensuring that the book arrived undamaged.

And thank you again for popping in the Right Handed hook knife at the last minute. I appreciated your great service. Have a lovely Day. Georgina Hornsby NSW Aust.

Hi There,

Just a quick thanks for the sheath – it’s fantastic and fits like a glove.  Nice to tell people it was custom made too!

Great service all round…. Many thanks!

By Andy

Received! What an excellent item and sharpened beautifully – many thanks. This won’t be used for much hedging as I live in the middle of a city and hedges are a rare thing, but I will certainly find a use for this. Every household needs a Yorkshire pattern bill-hook! Great sheath too.

Great to do business with you, good luck!





By Ian

The shavehorse arrived here safely and it was not until today that I had time to assemble it.

Just wanted to say what a thing of beauty it is - many thanks for making this.



I'd just like to say thank you to Maurice for getting the wetterlings hatchet to me so quickly, the new sheath that was made is gorgeous and the hatchet is absolutely beautiful, so much so I've just finished with a stack of kindling and it cuts like a dream!

Thanks again, I didn't know where to write a review so I thought I would just email you guys directly. Definitely a pleased customer and I won't hesitate to order from you again.

By Stuart

Good morning Team,
My order no. W18271 arrived this morning in absolutely record time.
I found it to be extraordinarily well and expertly packaged.
I am completely and totally delighted.
Well done and thank you very much.
Best regards,

By Nicolas

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