Based in a sleepy village in the Norfolk-Suffolk border, Nick and Debbie have been running their popular one day beginner’s spoon carving courses since 2018. To help extend our courses into the autumn and winter, we now have an exciting new outdoor rain shelter with social-distanced space for six participants, space-heater and lighting; it’s got all the bells and whistles! Come and check us out.
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
* Carve your own cooking spoon, continued
* Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The price for our workshops (up to 6 people) is £60 per person for a whole day starting at 10:30-5pm. Home-cooked complementary refreshments will be provided, teas and coffee and a light lunch served by Debbie.
Donations are appreciated for lunch and refreshments (suggested donation is £5 per person).
There is no charge for helpers or personal assistants attending with people with disabilities. We have a family member with a physical disability, so the caravan has safety steps and our ground floor bathroom and front door steps have handrails. We also don’t charge for non-participating adults who come with children between 14-17 years old.
FAQs & tools information
1. Can I bring my dog or other pets? Guide or help dogs are welcome, however, please leave other pets at home, sorry.
2. Can I bring non-participating children under 14? Nursing mothers and parents with babies are welcome, however, we are unable to provide crèche facilities for toddlers and children under 5. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult over 18.
3. Are there hazards I should be aware of? Our workshop is in a sleepy village in rural Norfolk, however, there can be fast moving farm vehicles in our lane, we also have an ornamental pond in our garden.
4. Is there parking available? There is space for 3 cars in our car park, other vehicles will need to be parked in the village lane.
5. Will tools be available at the workshop? Axes, knives (straight and curved), a draw knife and a froe will be available for all participants. However, if you have your own carving knife and axe, or can purchase them before the workshop, please bring them along.
6. Where can I buy tools? You don’t need much equipment to carve spoons. All you need is a straight knife, a curved knife and a small axe. We recommend the following:
Straight carving knife: Opinel Carbone, No. 07 available from quality hardware stores is a very sharp and strong blade for the price
Curved knife to carve the bowl of the spoon: we recommend the Mora 163S.
Hand axe : a standard small kindling splitting axe can be obtained from any quality hardware store. A wooden haft is better than plastic or resin as plastic can get sweaty and slippery with prolonged use.
Carving axe: The blade of a carving axe is honed to provide the best cutting tool for carving and the haft is optimally balanced to reduce fatigue during use. For quality and price for the beginner, the Robin Wood carving axe is hard to beat.
7. Will tools be available to buy at the workshop? If you would like to buy an axe or carving knife at the workshop, please let us know three weeks before the workshop so we can have it ready for you.
8. Will personal protective clothing be needed? Whilst extremely sharp, the safe use of carving tools is the best way to avoid injury, however, we recommend that parents or guardians purchase safety gloves for participants aged between 14-17. We recommend ‘No Cry’ safety gloves.
Please contact us for further details on where to buy tools and equipment.
6 hours (10:30am to 5:00pm)
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6 hours (10:30am to 5:00pm)
This was an excellent beginner course despite the weather. Nick was very knowledgeable and it easy to follow instructions. The cake and refreshments were spot on for such a wet day.
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Thank you so much Jackie. We’re so glad you enjoyed the day. If you need further help to find information on our website, just email :)
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day…such an achievement to turn a block of wood into a spoon…great patient teaching with lots of useful information about the history of wooden spoon making and understanding how to work with wood and using the tools necessary.
Great hospitality too..a fun day and shall enjoy using our wooden spoons.
Thoroughly recommend…beautiful, peaceful location too!
We had an amazing day with Nick and Debbie, learning everything from types of wood to use through to different techniques and how to handle all the different characteristics of the wood that came our way as we worked on our spoons! Nick was incredibly patient and helpful, and we both left with something to be very proud of. Thank you for helping me make Father’s Day that bit more special this year; it’s a day we will remember and talk about for quite some time to come!
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Thank you Louisa! We are are so happy that we were part of your Dad’s special Father’s Day.
Thanks for the tuition and also thanks for your enthusiasm in running the spoon-carving course. It will be something I will remember in years to come. 40 years ago I spent some time in South Yemen where there was nothing even remotely resembling a spoon. Wonder if they use spoons nowadays?
I sorted the balance on Monday. I am looking forward to starting your book. Would you be interested if I sent you some extracts from my father's wartime diaries?
I sent you ad odd sum to cover the book balance and the gloves so please let me know if I need to adjust.
Hope we can meet again soon.
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Hello Edward
What an awesome day!
Fabulous weather, great setting, and great fellow ‘spoon-makers!
I came away with renewed confidence and a ‘not too shabby’ eating spoon.
Recommend this course for anyone interested in starting on a spoon carving journey - you will learn everything you need to know about wood, axe work and knife work. Nick’s enthusiasm and encouragement is a tonic and spoon carving is just a little bit infectious, so beware - you’ll be hooked!!!
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Thank you Linda! If you need any more help or advice on tools, please don’t hesitate to easily me.
I still cannot believe i made my own spoon!
Never having used any of the equipment before and having absolutely zero experience, my expectations were low but guided by Debbie and Nick I had such an interesting, enjoyable day and somehow made a spoon. Debbie and Nick were absolutely wonderful, they offer just the right amount of guidance. Clear instructions and demonstrations were given every step of the process and then we were left to complete each stage with encouragement and helpful tips. Debbie and Nick have a lovely way of teaching which is perfect for adult learning, building confidence and self belief. I didn't just leave with a spoon, at the end of the day, I left with a new confidence about trying new skills, developing carving techniques, being at one with wood the outdoors and not having to have everything perfect. Thank you Debbie and Nick 😻
Great day despite the cool weather. Nick was very generous in sharing his knowledge and the setting in his garden was lovely. I look forward to coming back for the advanced course in a few months.
We had a fantastic day not only learning about spoon carving but also the history and tradition of green woodworking. We were a little bit nervous coming as it was the furthest we have been away since lockdown however we were made to feel really welcome and felt very safe. Nick went to alot of effort to work with our own style and we came away with beautiful hand carved spoons!
I thoroughly enjoyed my course and am really proud of the spoon I made! Nick was a brilliant teacher, very patient and knowledgeable, and I hope to be back soon.
Had a fantastic day despite the winter weather. Nick was such a good teacher and I'm so proud of my spoon! Will definitely be back in the future as was such an amazing experience!:)
Very interesting day, and I'm so pleased with my spoon. I learned a great deal and I'm already looking at purchasing tools to make some more. Thank you for the teaching, Nick and thank you for the excellent food, Debbie.
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Thank you Su! We both really enjoyed meeting you. Glad to hear you’re already planning to make more spoons!
Excellent value for money. Caters for all dietary requirements. Tuition is provided on a 1 to 1 basis and the course progresses at a rate suitable to each individual.
10/10 would recommend to anyone interested in learning spoon carving.
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Glad you enjoyed tour day, it was great meeting you. If you have any more questions on tool, just get in contact.
I had a wonderful time on this course. Nick and Sophie were excellent tutors - really knowledgable but patient and relaxed with us beginners. I'm really proud of my spoon and the lunch was delicious! Thank you for a lovely day!
Response from Gosman Spoon Co.:Hi Helen. We’re so glad that you enjoyed your day, it was a pleasure to meet you. Use your new spoon with pride, well done! Nick & Sophie