Tollgate miniatures
Our workshops...
Five years ago, Bob "sold up" and moved to a rural location in Normandy where in his workshop he still builds dolls houses and shops, mainly these days for the continental market.  Bob has been running successful and popular one-day workshops in Holland and Denmark for some years - there are often waiting lists to attend!
He has identified from those attending the one-day workshops, a need for longer courses to enable more complex projects to be completed, to have time to develop real skills, and learn new practical techniques not available from books!  Bob says "you only learn by doing it yourself" and he is always careful to ensure that those attending spend the maximum time gaining "hands on" experience.
His workshop is very spacious and modern, yet created within a rustic farm building, keeping it cool during the warm summer months experienced in Normandy and cosy during the rest of the year.  It has modern woodworking equipment, and wonderful large workbenches, which we would all love to have - if only we had the room!  There is plenty of space to lose yourself in your own project but close enough to enjoy the camaraderie of others.
The workshops are held in an idyllic location in rural Normandy amongst farmland, but close to pretty Normandy villages and quaint picturesque towns.  Accommodation is provided in a very comfortable Gîte or in the farmhouse, with excellent French/British cuisine.  Wine flows freely but you are expected to be clear headed the next morning in the workshop!!
The workshops run from Sunday evening to Friday lunchtime so that travel in both directions can be completed at civilised times in daylight.  Costs range from £395, depending on the type of project you choose to do.  Fully inclusive, prices include accommodation, all meals and wine, tuition, and materials to complete your project.
Travel can be arranged for you, and again is flexible - you can drive yourself or be picked up from a ferry at Caen or Le Havre.  Bob can also arrange discounted ferry crossings for you.