About the Course
Do you fancy trying your hand at spoon carving?
I have been managing woodlands and developing traditional craft skills for the past 7 years at Northern Wood Monkey in Northumberland.
Come along and learn safe axe and knife skills in a comfortable environment and make your own spoon. No previous woodworking experience is necessary, though those with knowledge of working with wood will still find fresh challenges in the hand carved spoon.
The joy of spoon carving is that we don't need expensive tools, workshops and work benches. Just our hands and a few simple tools. You will develop skills to take away with you to be able to carve at home, sat outside on warm summers evenings or in front of the fire on those chilly winter nights.
We will work with a carving axe to split the log and safely 'rough out' the blank that we then carve into your finished spoon.
I will concentrate on giving you a knowledge of safe grips and cutting techniques with both a straight and bent (hook) knife which are the two that we use to make the spoon.
You will end the day with a spoon of your own and an overwhelming desire to carve more spoons - believe me it is addictive.
I will supply all the tools you need and a selection of wood to work with. I can give you information about where to go to buy good tools of your own if you want to take this further.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
A simple vegetarian lunch of soup and bread is provided.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day.
All wood and tools provided.
Thanks for a really excellent course Steve. Prior to the course, I had no experience of wood carving of any kind. I had an idea that it would be a more gentle activity than it was. There was quite a bit of axe work prior to the more delicate shaping. But it was so satisfying to see a spoon emerge from what looked like a chunk of firewood. I'm so pleased with my spoon. As a first attempt it's a bit chunky and rough around the edges but, now that I've sanded and oiled it, I can really use it. It's my little work of art. Thanks for an enjoyable day and a new set of skills.
Lorna Rimell - - #25293
I completed the beginner carving course with my partner yesterday.
Upon arrival Stephen was friendly and approachable and did not cease being so the entire length of the session. The setting was lovely, comfortable and a genuinely nice space to learn in.
Stephen took our group through the very basics of selecting wood, reading the grain, axe work, knife work and techniques. By the end we all had something that, whilst rustic, was ours. Uniquely ours.
You'll leave the session able to competently pursue carving at home should you wish, it is certainly what I'll be doing.
Michael Hall - - #23535
It was a very relaxed, informative and enjoyable day out, well organised and actually fun to work with wood at this level. Thank you.
David Wilson - - #20033
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