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Private Classes with Chris

••• Update Jan 2022 ***

Because of Covid-19, direct, at the bench instruction not really tenable at this time. Feel free to write but Chris will post again as the Covid situation eases and he feels safely able to offer 1-on-1 tuition.

However all is not lost!

Chris is open to using WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype for 1-to-1, personal tuition. While this isn't a substitute for bench-time, it has been proving very effective, and certainly saves on travel time and expense for student living far away. The rate is £45/hour.

Email him here:  Read the information below first and be sure to give him a good idea of where you are as a carver and how you think he can help you. That will open a discussion that will help Chris giving you what you need...

And don't forget! ...

Woodcarving Workshops, with it's over 850 individual videos (and rising), is the closest thing you can get to sharing a bench with Chris Pye, and some say it's even better than the real thing: it cuts to the chase, you can get him to repeat the lesson over and over, and you can be taught 24/7. The downside is that you don't get that cup of tea!


*** The following, previous information about 1-on-1 classes is on hold...


Do write to us at

But please read this first!

  1. Chris has only limited availability for personal, 1-on-1 instruction. There is no schedule as such; we'll do our best to work out suitable and mutually convenient dates.

  3. You must be a Woodcarving website subscriber to take advantage of private tuition. In planning for your private class; Chris will point you to relevant lessons on the website, which should work through prior to your visit. And at the end of your time together, he’ll make suggestions for follow-up video lessons and would want to keep in touch with your progress.

  5. Classes are available in 3-hour blocks. You can choose to come for the full day or half-day. Classes typically run on the weekend.

  7. The cost of private, 1-to-1 tuition is £60.00/hour plus VAT ie. £180.00 plus VAT (20%) for a 3-hour class.

  9. Although Chris will provide wood, tools, etc, students are asked to bring their own tools, sharpening equipment and any carvings completed or in progress. This really helps Chris understand your successes and challenges and thus how he can best help.

Bring a friend and save!
Chris’ workshop is small but there's room for 2 students. Bring a friend and we’ll offer a discount of 20% to each of you.

Where to find Chris.
Chris’s workshop is within a few miles from Hay-on Wye (the famous ‘Town of Books’) on the border of England and Wales, an area of great historical interest and outstanding natural beauty. So, if you're traveling with family, there's plenty to keep your partner busy while you carve!

Can’t Come to England?
Yes, it is possible to have remote 1-to-1 instruction using Skype, WhatsApp or a similar programme, thought it will depend on the broadband quality, camera and lighting in your workshop. Cost per hour is £45. Feel free to write to us to discuss further.