Fan Bird Carving
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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.
Fantastic course, highly recommend it. Patient, and very informative. I am very pleased with my products, ready to do more!!
Susie Seui - - #3514
I have wanted to have a go at making Fan Carved Birds for some time as I was intrigued by them and the associated folk law. The course was situated in beautiful surroundings by the side of a stream which suited the wife as she was able to have a wander and take in the local surroundings and bird life following directions from Steve as well as sit in during the session as and when she liked. Steve is very knowledgeable and a real nice guy and his relaxed manner of teaching makes for a great day. The good thing about the course is that Steve has developed his own method of fan bird carving based on observation and trial and error to hone his skills in making the fan carved birds and is happy to share his knowledge and experience. The tools required involve minimal outlay and are easily available. I certainly learned by my mistakes but by the end of the day the techniques required dropped into place and a beautiful fan carved bird was produced which I was happy with. This ended a great day in great company. I was even given a billet of Larch to take home so I could practice. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone.
Gary Joynt - - #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.
Peter Robinson - - #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.
Peter Wood - - #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.
Rolf Buwert - - #347
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Course Start DatesSunday 13th May 2018
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