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Wood carving courses

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!

£30
London - Next course on 26th January 2019
This regular class in spoon carving, introduces the art of carving with an axe, a knife and a crook knife. By carving a spoon, which is by nature a functional object and one we are all familiar with, we are free from the pressure of knowing what to carve and instead we can become familiar with the tools of this craft. As you gain confidence with the tools, you begin to build a relationship with...
£330
Yorkshire - Next course on 24th January 2019
Carve a Half Size Laminated rocking horse with instruction from Michael Wem. Make this appealing Half-Size Traditional Style Rocking Horse carved in Plywood. Finished size approx. 36” long x 21” high x 8” wide (900 x 540 x 195mm) These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a laminated mini Rocking Horse. Michael will show you how, using traditional hand tools and the latest electric carving tools which are ideal for this beautiful laminated...
£75
Wiltshire - Next course on 20th April 2019
Come along and spend the day with us in our semi ancient woodland near Warminster and learn how to create a spoon from green wood. During your time spent with us you will learn how to: • Select the wood for your spoon blank • Use safe sawing techniques • Mark out the spoon shape on the blank • Use stop cuts • Axe out a spoon blank • Use safe and efficient knife techniques...
£75
Wiltshire - Next course on 6th April 2019
The Dala Horse is a traditional symbol of Sweden.These horses were carved by men working in the forests during long winter evenings and brought back to the village for the children to play with. This is how the little wooden horse from Dalarna became a treasured object. These simple wooden horses were later painted in bright colours inspired by the flower patterns painted on furniture and walls in the region. Why not try your hand...
£275
Cumbria - Next course on 23rd February 2019
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...
£85
Midlothian - Next course on 26th January 2019
Alien spoons? Well, only because it a memorable name and some of the knive grasps feel a bit alien to start with. You will soon get to grips with them and the focus of this workshop is learning to use safe carving techniques with hand tools - the axe, straight knives and hook knives. Perhaps also use a drawknife on a shave horse if you want to. By following good technique you will avoid injuries...
£195
Norfolk - Next course on 26th January 2019
Join experienced tutor and woodworker Gerald Adams for a two day introduction to wood carving. The course is designed to introduce students to the specific skills and techniques involved in woodcarving, to boost their confidence and enthusiasm to take on new projects. We also aim to have fun. Students should gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of woodcarving techniques and practices, Gerald aims to encourage and direct individuals to use their talents effectively. You...
£120
Berkshire
One day 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....
£95
Oxfordshire
Please visit the website using the link above to check on course dates and availability 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...
£80
Kent - Next course on 2nd March 2019
Your tutors will guide you through the process from selecting a log through to a completed spoon. The session includes: * Tool review - an overview of the various tools available for spoon carving and similar projects * Timber selection - what type of wood and what parts of the log are best and what to avoid * Spoon design - overview of the proportions and features of spoons for different uses * Cleaving/splitting timber...