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Beginners spoon carving course

Beginners spoon carving course

Duration: 10 am-4.30 pm

Price: £70

Book with: Stephen Ridd
at Northern Wood Monkey

Creative Artist Studios, Vallum Farm
Military Road
East Wallhouses, Newcastle upon Tyne
NE18 0LL

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.

Adults only

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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.

Want to review this course?

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.

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #20033

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 15th December 2019
Sunday 19th January 2020
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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