Reviews & Testimonials

Here are some comments from past students and customers:

    review rating 5  A great course for beginners to learn the basics in a fun, relaxed environment. The space you do the course in is a fully working workshop and therefore an opportunity to use tools you normally wouldn't have access to are part of the experience. In a short space of time I had the chance to use everything from a chop saw, a band saw and a cordless drill to a jack plane and a bench hook (and was able to recall all of their names!). Mark had a great manner about him and was very happy for us to get stuck in and make mistakes, learning from them and pushing on through in the 3 hour course. A great course for beginners which I highly recommend

    thumb Ed Cotcher

    review rating 5  I went to a 'DIY Basics' half day class and came away feeling great, informed and confident. Mark asked what we hoped to learn and then went straight to it - delivering exactly that. His teaching is very informal (which put me at ease) but thoroughly informative and he's hugely encouraging. I went in not knowing much and came out feeling confident about tackling those jobs round the house that I'd like to do myself. If you're not feeling confident about going you should REALLY just GO !

    thumb Linda Game

    review rating 5  I’ve now done 2 courses with Mark as an absolute beginner, making a lidded box (day) and small cupboard (6 week evening class). I can’t recall any better spent money than this in recent memory. Mark will teach you an array of skills using the vast amount of handheld & machine tools in the workshop, in a relaxed setting with patience and good humour chucked in on the side. And a nice cuppa from a snazzy kettle. You will not be disappointed!

    thumb Duke Horse

    review rating 5  Can’t recommend Mark’s lessons enough! I recent took a single evening course on a Monday, as soon as I got home I booked onto a six week course to build a small cupboard starting the same week! Mark is a great teacher and has an endless amount of knowledge at his disposal. He had such a likeable and friendly approach and I hope to book onto another course soon! The classes are really fun and I can’t thank Mark enough, I had a great time!

    thumb Nathan Reddy

    review rating 5  Well done Mark. A great set-up. Perfect introduction to carpentry in a relaxed setting. Coming back for more.

    thumb Simon Purwar

    review rating 5  Just what I was after! I wanted to improve my knowledge of carpentry, but not enrol on a formal, lengthy course. The workshop is set in a lovely quiet mews in central Hove. It was a perfect length and very informative. Learnt basic techniques. Mark is a natural teacher. Would thoroughly recommend. I will definitely be doing more courses and may even do a whole day 1:1 to produce a piece I have been planning to build. 5 stars.

    thumb Lukas Kalinke

    review rating 5  I've just discovered woodworking and wanted to go on a course to ignite my passion. I am so pleased I found Mark Cass/ Neon Saw. He is a fantastic teacher - so passionate, so knowledgeable and above all a lot of fun. I'm now hungry to build lots of wooden things.

    thumb James Dempster

    review rating 5  Hi Mark Thanks for a great and fun lesson! I learnt loads and really enjoyed your approach to teaching Ross

    thumb Ross Byatt

    review rating 5  Did the 'Lidded Box' one day course and had a great time. Mark is an excellent teacher; knowledgable, passionate and incredibly patient! I've already booked my next one 🙂

    thumb Lauren Alexandra

    review rating 5  I just finished a six week course making a small cupboard and had a great time. The course was structured and paced really well, with each lesson focused around a specific part of the cupboard. I loved Mark's teaching style, the techniques were explained simply and he creates a really relaxed atmosphere. Like the other reviewers I will definitely be signing up for another course soon.

    thumb Anthony Gibson