Fan Bird Carving

Duration: 1 day

Price: £85

Run by: Steve Tomlin
at Steve Tomlin Crafts


Greenwood Days
nr Staunton Harold
LE65 1RU

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About the Course

Fan birds are a beautiful example of the wonderful properties of wood. Made from a single piece of wood without the use of glue, these birds will amaze and delight. A traditional craft from Eastern Europe, fan birds are seen as symbols of health and good luck; they are often given as presents at weddings, christenings and other family events and used as home decorations, particularly at Christmas.

Over the course of the day you will learn to use simple hand tools safely to carve your own fan birds from fresh wood. I have developed my own tools and methods for carving fan birds as efficiently as possible which I will share with you. Each step is carefully demonstrated to ensure you understand the processes and succeed with an emphasis on learning skills and having fun. You should have time to make at least two birds to take home.

I have been a professional greenwood worker since 1993 and am recognised as one of the leading experts in the craft. My work covers a range of work including carved spoons and bowls, ladder-back chairs and wooden hay rakes.

I teach at Greenwood Days near Derby and also RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate.
Each day runs from 9:30 to 4:30 with a maximum of 6 students to ensure plenty of individual attention.

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 in the course. I can advise on buying tools to continue your greenwood working for fan birds or other projects such as spoon carving, chair making etc.
Refreshments are available throughout the day.

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Fantastic course, highly recommend it. Patient, and very informative. I am very pleased with my products, ready to do more!!

- - #3514

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- - #2756

I was a complete novice but had a really good day on this course. We started with no knowledge at all and by the end of the day were making our own fan Birds, granted not quite to Steve's excellent standards but given time !! One has to dream. Steve's teaching is a very relaxed easy to follow with nothing being too much trouble to explain.
I would recommend this course to anyone who has the slightest interest in wood.
A thoroughly enjoyable day in delightful surroundings.

- - #353

I had a great day on this course, I had wanted to have a go at making fan birds for some time but things always got in the way so I booked a course with Steve. We were lead through the process one step at a time following Steve for the first bird then had ago at the second ourselves making some silly mistakes but by the third we were getting the hang of it. I can definitely recommend this course.

- - #348

I would commend this course to anyone interested in wood, art, craft or culture. Steve was an excellent teacher, providing an ideal, safe, environment in which to learn. All tools and materials were provided and we could all go away with at least one finished fan bird, and the confidence and skills to continue making them in the future.
This is one of the best one day courses I have attended.

- - #347

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 13th May 2018

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