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Choosing a course?

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Wayne, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne BCUK Welfare Officer

    Dec 7, 2003
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    West Sussex
    I have been pondering what people consider important when choosing a course.

    Why spend your pennies with Mr X rather than Mr Y?

    I’m looking go on an advanced carving course.
    Interested in others decision making.
  2. Robson Valley

    Robson Valley Full Member

    Nov 24, 2014
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    McBride, BC
    I see more than 6 very distinctly different styles of carving.
    I presume you have selected one which is appealing.

    I want to see a collection of recent work to examine the teaching carver's personal style.
    I need a ball-park estimate of the capital cost of a basic repertoire of tools.
    How much dogma can you tolerate? Some are far worse than others.

    The best of my first carving course was the entire spectrum of free-hand sharpening and honing.
    The next one was 20(?) years later, steatite soapstone, to learn the finishing process.
    Fair to say that I was able to take away quite a lot.

    As you have been carving already, that gives you the advantage of knowing what questions to ask.
  3. Man of Tanith


    Jan 14, 2008
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    Potton, Bedfordshire or alternatively my own happy
    1 do i know the school? if so positive or negative experience?
    2 does anyone who's opinion i value know the school? again positive or negative experience?
    3 what do photos of the courses look like?
    4 can i find any blogs/reviews/social media posts on the course?
    5 is the course fully interesting to me or just specific aspects? i may completely avoid it or accept that there is some areas i will not be as interested in.

    these are the main influences on my choices
    Wayne likes this.

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