Testimonials/Alumni & Photos

Testimonials from past students. Alumni photos and images from 2015 courses at The Grove Woodworking School. Teaching boat interiors, cabinetry, into to woodworking, carving, deck hatches, door-making, finishing, lofting, planking and caulking. Gabriola Island, British Columbia. 

Testimonials

Yuri

Yuri

I love The Grove Woodworking School. I'm a novice, and so far I've taken the Introduction to Woodworking and the Custom Door-Making courses. Tony is great... it's obvious that he has a deep respect and passion for the best in woodworking and the best in past boatbuilding traditions.

He shared his rich store of knowledge, wisdom, and skill with patience and humor. The courses are well planned, organized and still flexible enough to accommodate individual needs and goals. For example, in our Door-Making course, in addition to planning and crafting a complex Dutch boat door, we were also able to make saw horses and torsion boxes for use as work tables.

Class sizes are kept small so there's a lot of one-on-one time, with emphasis on safety, basic woodworking skills, and appreciation of woods and tools. A terrific beginning for me...I'm looking forward to making stuff out of wood without cutting off any of my fingers!                                                                                                                                                            

Yuri Georg Hofman, August 2015

Ali

Ali

I tremendously enjoyed every part of the Intro to woodworking class. Excellent teaching, relaxed and safe atmosphere and a real treat to have Tony as a teacher! A must-have experience! Thanks Tony!                                                                                                                                                   - Ali, July 2015

 

Andreas

Andreas

I took the one-week course Introduction to Woodworking at The Grove Woodworking School and really enjoyed every part of it. Tony Grove is one the most knowledgeable men in any kind of woodworking I have ever met. No matter if you intend to build anything in or outside of water and do need some inspiration, help or advise, he is person to go to.

Gabriola itself is a very relaxed, culturally-rich and holiday-like atmosphere with good island fresh food from lettuce to handpicked oysters to one of Canada's best bakeries called Slowrise Organic Bakery. Plenty of overnight options as B&Bs and camping. Great outdoor activities with diving, hiking, road and mtb cycling.

- Andreas Berschauer, June 2015

Sam

Sam

I sought out Tony Grove because I was ready to take my woodworking skills to a new level, and wanted some expert guidance to set me on that road. I chose a project with plenty of technical challenges, and had Tony come to my shop where we worked through it together.

This was a hugely valuable experience. With Tony’s expertise in all manner of equipment all my major tools were evaluated and fine-tuned, improving their function to a remarkable level; and with his advice in shop design I made several rearrangements that made my space far more functional. Time spent on sharpening tools and techniques was particularly helpful.

Working through a project with Tony was a thorough education in exactly some of the areas I most needed, such as exacting measurement, fine finishing, and creative solutions when things went awry. I was able to give free rein to my vision for the project, and with Tony’s help I achieved it.

I am confident to take on challenging projects on my own now, but also look forward to taking some of Tony’s courses to add to my skills.

Sam and I also did One on One Learning

- Dr. Sam Abraham, July 2016

Tom

Tom

I recently attended the Introduction To Woodworking course, what a fantastic experience. I have nothing but respect for Tony and feel very privileged that I had the chance to learn from such an experienced and knowledgeable man. There were different levels of student in the class and Tony made sure everyone learned at the pace they needed. Whether you're a complete novice, someone that has played around for a while and wanting some direction or an old hand woodworker wanting to have a refresh on shop safety this course is for you. I made my daughter a stool/toy storage whilst I was there, looking forward to attending future courses!! Thank you so much Tony

Tom Woulfe, Aug 2017

Intro Woodworking Woman only 2017 “Tony thank you for the phenomenal course, I learned a lot and appreciated having an all-woman’s course. Pace was great and the toolbox will be useful for years to come. You are an exceptionally kind and patient teacher.” “Super dope course!!” “A well-planned and implemented course to “the world of woodworking” the field trip to the sustainably managed forest was very informative “thanks Mark and Ali”. “I am happy to refer this course to others.” “Thanks for the course and your hospitality”  

Intro Woodworking Woman only 2017

“Tony thank you for the phenomenal course, I learned a lot and appreciated having an all-woman’s course. Pace was great and the toolbox will be useful for years to come. You are an exceptionally kind and patient teacher.”

“Super dope course!!”

“A well-planned and implemented course to “the world of woodworking” the field trip to the sustainably managed forest was very informative “thanks Mark and Ali”.

“I am happy to refer this course to others.”

“Thanks for the course and your hospitality”

 

Alumni - Class of 2015/17

"Thanks so much for running a great course. Really learned a great deal plus had a wonderful time as well."

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