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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!

£40
London
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...
£85
Yorkshire - Next course on 25th July 2019
Walking Stick Course A one day class in the basic skills involved in making your own sticks. No experience needed but a willingness and ability to use hand tools is essential. Most of the people who come have never made a stick before, but everyone goes home with a complete stick they have made! Anyone with a bit of stick-making knowledge who would like to improve and learn some new tricks is also welcome. Everyone...
£180
Cheshire
Learn how to carve in a single day with one-to-one tuition. A one day course specifically aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge. Learn how to carve a relief in wood or stone in a single day, (the very foundation of all sculpture in the round) with highly personal one to one tuition in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park. One to one tuition is by far the best and quickest...
£60
Norfolk - Next course on 7th July 2019
The day involves: * An introduction to the greenwood [trees and types of wood for carving] * How to use axes and cutting tools safely * Sharpening axes and knives * Axe and knife techniques * Technical overview of the carving process * Carve your own cooking spoon Lunch * Carve your own cooking spoon, continued * Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!
£350
Yorkshire - Next course on 19th September 2019
These courses are aimed at those wishing to make a traditional wooden carved rocking horse. We will show you the traditional approach to rocking horse carving using hand tools. Previous carving experience is not necessary - all skill levels are accommodated and each student will successfully complete the carving of a rocking horse's head during the course! Three days individual tuition. Carve-a-Head courses run 10am till 4pm on the first two days, 10am to 3pm...
£170
Yorkshire - Next course on 14th September 2019
A two day course where you will learn the basics of splitting and shaping greenwood to make a range of kitchen utensils including rolling pins, spurtles (stick for stirring your porridge!), spatulas and chopping boards. Using various tools including knives and small axes, this highly rewarding greenwood craft is suitable for complete novices and those with experience. Useful and beautiful kitchen utensils must be supremely functional, hygienic and fit comfortably in the hand. What better...
£75
Wiltshire
Beginner’s Spoon Carving Course 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...
£150
Cheshire - Next course on 28th September 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. For adults age 18+. 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...
£275
Cumbria - Next course on 22nd June 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 workshop. All tools and safety equipment are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish. Ear defenders and dust...
£80
Kent - Next course on 13th July 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...

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