An introduction to spoon carving in the Peak District with Robin Wood
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About the Course
Robin Wood is an internationally recognised, traditional woodworker. Robin's carving courses are unique in that they focus on the skills you want to take away from the course, although you will also have some spoons (or bowls) too!
You’ll learn a range of cuts with knives and axes which will enable you to use carving tools efficiently and safely. You’ll then be guided through a few simple projects where you will be able to use those cuts and add to them as your skill grows.
Situated in the heart of the Peak District at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale is a beautiful location with much to offer if you wish to extend your stay or bring a non-carving partner.
The course lasts from 2pm-5.30pm on the first day and 9.30am-4.30pm on the following two days.
All courses have a maximum of 8 students, which means that you get plenty of individual attention and most importantly you will be safe and make good progress.
Robin started carving spoons 21 years ago, he was inspired by Swedish master craftsman Wille Sundqvist, who said; "Carved utensils and other objects are a joy to use and live with. They are the lasting result of meaningful work. Beyond this, carving is a way of having fun together."
This sort of carving is a wonderful way of working wood, you take small pieces of wood straight from the tree, you don't need many expensive tools or dedicated workshop to make beautiful utensils for your kitchen or friends.
Robin is doing less teaching at the minute, to focus on making. His daughter JoJo Wood is now a world-renowned spoon carver herself, and is teaching similar courses. Find them on this site or through Google.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials are included. Also included in the price is lunch on the two full days plus a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and biscuits throughout! (Despite the time and effort I put into creating the best possible spooncarving course feedback often highlights the homemade soups as the best bit.)
I went on the more advanced course and found that I learnt an awful lot. It began with a starter session introducing safe ways to use the knife and axe we then progressed to making spoons and other wooden implements. The course was relaxed and obviously a great deal of thought had gone into the planning of the course from the extensive library of books to read on the subject to the huge arsenal of tools robin had available. The food was also wonderful and by the end of the course you will go away feeling confident to make your own projects
Heather Smith - - #51
The courses are well-run and thought out, highly informative, relaxed and a great deal of fun in lovely surroundings. There aren't too many people on each course and Robin, who is a highly knowledgeable, experienced and generous tutor, can spend time with each student to guide and help. He is also a great host with tasty home-made lunches day on Robin's wooden plates and bowls. I have learnt skills that continue to give me great pleasure working with wood, which I will do for the rest of my life. It is not too much to say that each of Robin's courses have been some of the happiest days I've ever had!
Bobbie Williams - - #50
Discovering spoon and bowl carving with Robin was a wonderful experience. As a professionnal "modern" carpenter, I found really hard after this two courses to use my electrics power tools! I have been so inspired by Robin's vision of woodwork that I am now reconsidering the way I use to work and trying to give more room for manual tools. Robin teaches in a simple but terribly efficent way, insisting a lot on safety and the great thing is that back home, you have all the basics skills to carry on with good habits and improve quite quickly. Courses are so educational that it is quite easy to teach friends and family but they would miss one important thing, it's absolutely true, the soup with the beautiful collection of wooden bowls and spoons is definetely the best bit !
Jim - - #49
What a superb course. I had been carving spoons for about a year, and thought I knew how to do it. From Robin's excellent tuition I soon learned better ways to do almost every phase of the process. He started (after introductions) by showing us a bunch of his favourite spoons, although to my surprise they had mostly been carved by other people. Then he put us to work, and with mixed age, sex, and ability we hacked our way through lots of birch and cherry and sycamore. I came away with about four and a half spoons and a mass of half-remembered instruactions. Now I have a real dilemma: next year should I go for the spoons again, or on the bowl-carving course?
Adam Hart-Davis - - #48
A wonderful introduction to knife and axe skills needed to make beautiful, functional cooking spoons. The beautiful location, excellent instruction- perfect for complete beginners to experienced carvers. I had already learned to carve bowls, but the knife skills learnt are taught in such a way you can apply them to whatever task you have- and safely.
The delicious lunches are wonderul opportunity to continue discussions, with the extra special experience of using beautiful wooden bowls and spoons carved by Robin and others.
My husband and I have both enjoyed several of Robins courses, and we've enjoyed staying as a family in Edale- we've stayed a campsite a very short walk from the venue, and a lovely B&B for more comforts. We've both been completely inspired by Robin's courses and can't recommend them highly enough.
vikki - - #47
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