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An Introduction to Spoon Carving

An Introduction to Spoon Carving

About the Course

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those who have carved before but are self taught and want to improve their skills. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.

This workshop will be limited to 8 participants.

The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas:
• Appropriate wood selection
• How long can we keep wood and it still be good for carving
• Where in the log to ‘take’ the spoon from
• Preparation of the wood into a suitable ‘billet’ for carving
• Design and layout
• Safe and effective axe technique
• Safe and effective use of carving knives – both the straight slöjd knife and the crooked or bent knife
• Finishing and looking after your spoon
• An introduction to looking after your tools

There will be lots of time for you to develop and practise new skills. Whilst the main focus of the workshop will be about process and safe technique you should still look forward to producing a completed cooking or stirring spoon to take home with you at the end of the day. By the end of this workshop you should feel confident to be able to continue to use your new skills at home on your own.

To be held in our farmhouse workshop in Dundraw, Cumbria.

Further information will be sent via email upon confirmation of booking.

Workshop bookings are non refundable.
Workshop dates cannot be transferred once booked.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided but you may bring your own if you have them and we can advise on their suitability.

The workshop cost includes a simple ploughman’s type lunch. This will normally be homemade soup, freshly baked bread, local cheeses, salad, pickles, chutneys and free-range eggs from our flock of hens as an example. If you have particular dietary requirements then you should advise us beforehand so that we can try to make sure we provide for you appropriately.

Free flowing tea, coffee, water and fruit cordials will be available for the duration of the workshop, and home-baked biscuits and cake will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks.


Adrian Lloyd at Adrian Lloyd
The Lilacs, Dundraw
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1 day (09:30 - 17:00)

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In-person course
- - #20139

A totally captivating day, ending with a great sense of satisfaction and a spoon I will treasure. Adrian is an excellent and patient teacher who made sure everyone on the course received his attention and encouragement. The setting is beautiful and the food delicious - I would recommend the course to everyone, simply for the pleasure of doing it.

In-person course
- - #20104

An excellent thoroughly enjoyable course! Very clear guidance, flexible timing with plenty of opportunity for individual attention and questions. Everyone was able to produce a spoon. Lunch was delicious and included home made soup, bread, cheese. Thank you Ade - I'll be back - maybe for a bowl turning session next!

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- - #20086

A fantastic day spent with a lovely bunch of people in beautiful surroundings, with delicious home-cooked food. Ade is a fantastic teacher, with a huge amount of patience (even for lefties!). It was fascinating to get to understand the process of carving and to watch an expert do it. The course content was ideal and it was great to come away from the day with an actual spoon.
Thanks Ade!

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- - #17696

Adrian is a great teacher. He has loads of experience with green wood work, he knows how to give a rhythm to the class in a way to share information little by little, do the practical work and keep a relaxed vibe. I’ll definitely try to go to more of his workshops.

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- - #17324

Lovely relaxed day. Very clear teaching of different techniques, and well structured.
Excellent food!

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- - #15424

A really rewarding day. Clear instructions, lots of information and support to create a spoon. Would really recommend it. The catering throughout the day was really good and kept one going.

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- - #15304

This was an excellent day, Ade certainly knows his stuff and was able to explain and show techniques very clearly.

The day was relaxing and informative, refreshments and lunch was top notch too.

I will be back at some point in the future to raise my game once I have mastered what I was shown on this intro day.

In-person course
- - #13887

A great day was spent with Adrian in his barn ! We discussed woods, tools, and techniques in detail. We drank coffee, ate fresh homemade cakes, and then got down to the job of turning a lump of birch into a spoon, stopping to discuss methods and technique or possible problems we may encounter as we went along. Lunch provided was another homemade delight, I left at the end of the day with my birch eating spoon taking shape and feeling inspired and empowered to have a go myself ...
Hoping to return one day to play on lathes !
Great day.

In-person course
- - #13822

A great day spent carving a spoon and learning the skills to take away and use in the future. We learnt about taking the bulk of wood away from the log using an axe and then knife work for the carving. It was tough on the hands but rewarding to see the spoon that finally came out of the wood. The setting is ideal in the barn workshop and we had a delicious home-cooked lunch and cake. Would recommend to beginners wanting to learn a new skill.

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