On this course you will learn how to carve, with your own hands, an eating or cooking spoon from a branch of locally sourced green wood (probably cherry, alder or walnut depending on availability) using an axe, straight knife and curved knife.
You will learn how to use these tools safely and efficiently by understanding the edge geometry of the blades and how this relates to the grain of the wood. As part of understanding how to read the grain to make a strong spoon you will look at how a bent branch can be used to make a naturally cranked handle. You will also look at sharpening techniques on a water cooled wheel and on flat stones. Sharpening will be essential should you wish to pursue spoon carving and green wood working further in the future.
You will finish the day with a spoon that will be a joy to use for many years to come, and the skills to develop your carving further in the future.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and materials, tea, coffee & biscuits but please bring a packed lunch
6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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I hadn't done any painting since my school days (a long time ago!) and was pretty terrified but Janet walked everything through with such patience and encouragement I was able to get over my insecurities and paint a picture I was proud of! Everyone in the class I was in, had different insecurities but by the end everyone had painted a beautiful picture and felt confident that they could continue to grow! Her experience in painting flowers 'in the flesh' is well demonstrated and she knows how to bring out the delightful characters of every species; even the most tricky of characters! Her techniques for composition are genius!
Jill is a wonderful teacher with years of experience of glass art and teaching under her belt. Having never done anything like this before I was able to produce beautiful pieces in just a few short hours! The space at Cambridge Makers is also really lovely and welcoming and has excellent facilities.