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Family fun carving and whittling - afternoon

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About the Course

The course fee covers an adult and child pair. Every child attending must be accompanied by an adult. The course is aimed at children between the age of 10 and 16.

Take up a sharp knife, a freshly cut piece of green hazel branch and start to make shavings! There is nothing more satisfying than using a carving knife to fashion a piece of wood to make beautiful and functional objects.

This course is designed for a parent or carer and child to learn the basics of using a carving knife carefully and safely. In our half-day session we aim to provide confidence that children can use knives creatively and that adults can guide and supervise them. We’ll also cover the basics of knife sharpening- we’ll explain why a sharp knife is a safe knife!

We’ll make sure that the activities are adjusted to meet the skills level of the participants and we’ll incorporate breaks for youngsters to let off steam after focussing on their carving.

This course will be based at Hill End Outdoor Education Centre, Eynsham Road, Farmoor, Oxford, OX2 9NJ. Hill End has 67 acres of tranquil and beautiful surroundings next to the world famous Wytham Woods used as an outdoor laboratory by Oxford University. In 2020 Hill End is celebrating 100 years of outdoor education, from when the philanthropic ffennell family purchased the Wytham estate in 1920.

We’ll operate the course in a covid-safe way with appropriate physical distancing, hand sanitisation, your own tools to use for the day etc

Click on the available date in the calendar and then ‘make a booking request’ to book directly with CraftCourses. Note we will be repeating the course in the morning and this has a separate course entry if that works better for you.

Detailed joining instructions will be sent out the week before the course.

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 will be provided. The group size is limited to four pairs to ensure appropriate tuition time per participant.

Please bring your own snacks and drinks . We may be outside for some of the time so dress appropriately for the weather. Layers are good!


David Knight at David Knight Woodland Crafts
33 Hanborough Road
OX29 4LT
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners

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12:45pm to 4:00pm

Next available date

27th October 2020

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