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Carving with wood is a rather rare skill these days. Yet anyone with a sharp knife and a block of timber can try their hand at whittling. The tools and materials used have not varied for hundreds of years. Carving workshops in this section include traditional spoon carving in the Peak District, relief carving courses in the Yorkshire Dales, love spoon carving in wales and even rocking horse carving!

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Sharon Littley has been teaching carving for over 15 years and has tutored students of the craft all over the UK. Sharon is based in Port Talbot, Wales. Author of the book 'Celtic Carved Lovespoons', Sharon is a well known for her wonderful and unique Lovespoons, a traditional Welsh gift. Friendly and approachable as well as massively knowledgeable about all things to do with wooden love spoons, get in touch with Sharon to discuss possible...
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For the course dates please click on the link above. Five day woodworking course in Penrith, Cumbria. This is a continuation of my other five day woodwork course (tools and things) with the emphasis on timber; what are acceptable defects in timber, how do you write out a cutting list that means something to your supplier, what to look for when buying wood and what to avoid. You will ideally have done course 1 (tools...
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Next course on 15th July 2017
Oneday woodcraft course - learn to carve a wooden spoon. Spend a day in my woodland workshop learning to craft functional spoons from green (freshly felled) timber. No experience is necessary but we will be using hand tools all day so you need to be physically fit, all tools and materials are provided in the cost of the course. The venue is 5 miles from Newbury in Berkshire in a small private woodland site. We'll...
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Two day spoon carving course near Banbury, Oxfordshire Spoon carving is a traditional craft that most can learn. The tools required are few and affordable and the wood is usually available locally at little or no cost. The two-day spoon carving course I run is aimed at beginners or the self-taught wishing to improve their skills. Consequently, no previous experience is required, just an enthusiasm to learn a traditional craft. Everything else is provided; tools,...
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Learn from a professional spoon carver the basic knife skills necessary to safely engage in the traditional leisure activity of whittling. This traditional hobby requires only a single sharp knife and readily available wood. The course is held in Martin’s workshop at Honeysuckle Cottage; a former nail maker’s cottage the oldest part dating back to about 1640. Despite being run in a relaxed manner, the course still emphasizes the teaching of safe and efficient skills....
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Next course on 29th April 2017
2 day box making courses held on weekends throughout the year in beautiful Cumbria. Make your own handmade wooden box. The courses are fun and relaxed, yet will give you the skills & confidence to make stunning boxes on your own. The courses are run from a fully equipped cabinet making work shop. All tools and safety equipment are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish. Ear defenders and...
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Next course on 24th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shavehorse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be...
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This 4 day course runs twice per year. This is a craft course which demonstrates how to use green wood rather than timber bought from the sawmill. You will learn how to split and shape green wood using hand tools, a cleaving break and a shave horse. The understanding of the basic skills can then lead to simple furniture making or producing your own gate or carving a spoon. The mysteries of traditional craft work...
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A two day course These Beginner's courses are a highly accessible course for people with no prior knowledge of green wood carving. The emphasis is on teaching the skills and knowledge you can take away to continue at home. A small group ensurses that there is plenty of time for personal attention and questions. The course takes place in a cosy oak framed, turfed roof building. “I had no previous experience of woodwork and not...
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Next course on 20th May 2017
Learn to carve greenwood spoons using traditional axe and knife techniques. This course covers; - Choice of wood. You will learn about the different qualities of the main varieties of common British hardwoods and the difference between suitable and unsuitable material. - Tools. You will use three tools; axe, straight blade knife and curved 'hook' or spoon knife. The focus will be on how to use these tools safely and efficiently. All tools and wood...