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Gonk Carving Workshop at Hanwell Wine Estate



Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience crafting your own gonk from green wood at this fabulous new workshop. A popular carving workshops, you will have time to relax, chat and experience for yourself the rewards of working with wood. Martin your tutor will share with you his years of carving experience and knowledge of tools and materials to use. You will learn a range of cutting and carving techniques using an axe and knife and how to shape your object safely and efficiently. By the end of the session you will have hand carved your own wonderful gonk and mastered the basic skills sufficiently to be able to practice on your own. Summary of workshop content : design and shape, carving techniques, surface treatment and finishing, tool selection and usage and health and safety of when using craft tools. This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of working with wood. Outline of the day Arrive 5 minutes prior to start time Welcome with light refreshments Introduction to tools and health and safety; get hands on with your tools Refreshments Home time with your beautiful wooden gonk hand carved by you! Carving SpoonMartin is an expert in teaching bush craft skills. He was formerly Head of Outdoor Education for Lincolnshire’s Teaching and Learning Centres. He now owns and manages his own outdoor-focused business. This workshop is a relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different in the beautiful country side. “Making something like this, something simple yet challenging, practical yet pleasing, feels good for the soul” To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 10.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments.


3 hours (9:30am to 12:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
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Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray, Nottinghamshire, LE14 3QG