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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!

Norfolk - Next course on 24th November 2018
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...
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...
London - Next course on 24th November 2018
This regular class in spoon carving, introduces the art of carving with an axe, knife and crook knife. By carving a spoon, which is by nature a functional object and one we are all familiar with and helps us remove the idea that this may be a daunting task. Instead this introduction allows us to become familiar with with the tools, and gain confidence in beginning to build a relationship with small scale carving. We...
London - Next course on 18th December 2018
In this hands-on workshop you’ll spend the day creating your very own Christmas reindeer. Winter woodwork is a perfect activity for a family or group of friends. A ticket entitles up to 4 people to work together, in order to build a reindeer in a day. We will use pre-cut wood and simple techniques to build. Activities include splitting wood with mallets and wedges, drilling and pegging wood and carving a head with mallets and...
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...
Merseyside - Next course on 1st December 2018
Join us at Komaru Outdoor Adventure for a masterclass in spoon carving, led by our expert instructor. The course, limited to 10 people, will take place in our beautiful woodland made up of larch, birch, oak, beech and hazel. Suitable for beginners, we will take you on the journey from tree to spoon, including how to select and cut a log, and prepare a spoon blank - along with carving, shaping and finishing. We aim...
Cheshire - Next course on 26th January 2019
This practical 2 day weekend course is designed for complete beginners with no previous experience, and those with a small amount of experience who wish to improve their wood carving skills. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to creatively carve wood with hand tools. The venue, Ness Botanic Gardens on the banks of the River Dee, is widely known for its plant collections and beauty, plus there is a great café on site. Your...
Norfolk - Next course on 12th January 2019
This is an excellent start to your woodcarving hobby or career, we will cover basic shaping, Tool selection and sharpening, all you need to get you going. Taught by Gerald a master carver of 30+ years professional experience. The workshop is light, warm and well fitted out. Classes are informal and fun. Photo's are from my weekly courses, most students have started with a beginners course and carried on.
Cumbria - Next course on 8th December 2018
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...
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....