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'A Bird in a Day' - Wood whittling with Dave Harter: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

'A Bird in a Day' - Wood whittling with Dave Harter: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

Course Length: 1 day

Price: £75

5 star rating, 4 reviewers.

Gift vouchers available

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A Bird in a Day - Wildlife Wood Whittling with David Harter (limited spaces for 14-18 yrs @ £55) all courses 9:30 - 4:30

Whittling is addictive once started, - therapeutic from being relaxing, absorbing, and creative & richly rewarding in a sense of personal achievement. It has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. this means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this course Dave will teach you traditional hand carving, whittling, skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete a carved bird in a day, which can be attached to a display base if you wish.

If you wish to purchase you own tools before you arrive (not necessary at all) the knives required are Stanley code 10- 590 and Stanley 10-598 Blades are coded Stanley 5901. Dave will have all these tools available to borrow for the day or to buy at the end.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.

Tools will be provided, but may be purchased after the course if you find you're bitten by the carving bug. It is recommended that you bring an apron.

There will be a small materials charge of £5 to cover the cost of the specialist wood payable on the day to Dave depending on what you use.

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Had A great day at the whittling yesterday. Dave is a great tutor. The venue is lovely and the food was wonderful. The people were very nice and friendly.
Thank you


I attended the 'whittle a bird in a day' workshop with Dave. It was fabulous. Clear and friendly instruction enabled us all to produce quality birds. Lunch was excellent too... soup, Greystoke mess...yummy! Highly recommend.


Greystoke cycle cafe is set in such a beautiful location. Annie and all the staff were so welcoming. The food made me want to move in with them. The 'bird in a day' course was so much fun, David is such an incredible teacher and artist. I would highly recommend a visit and doing a course, I will definitely be back. Thank you xx


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