Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday of this week saw me heading off to West Dean College, near Chichester in West Sussex. I was impressed no end from arrival to leaving, as to what this place has to offer in terms of courses for workers in wood, and the ambience of the place itself. There is a real sense of belonging, and it is easy to see why many students return often to sit on a variety of courses. You are made to feel very welcome and everyone has a real excitement and buzz about what they are learning. The location is equally impressive with sheep and green hills as far as the eye can see, and beautiful gardens growing just about everything imaginable. The craftsmanship within the building really is exquisite and breathtakingly beautiful. If you ever get the chance to visit, I recommend you do so, or think about the courses they offer. To find out more, visit their website at: www.westdean.org.uk.
I do think it is important to attend courses as much as possible and not just carving ones. You might find another discipline opens your eyes and mind in a different way to which you have previously looked at things, and you might just be able to adapt this additional way of thinking to your carvings. We get so much inspiration from life and one only has to open the mind from time to time in a different way to develop working practices, and see things from another point of view.
Go on, find yourself a course today, you never know what you might learn.