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Green Woodworking: rural spoon carving workshop

Duration: 9:30am-4:30pm

Price: £75

Contact: Monica Cass at par-avion

Common Road
Surlingham, Norwich
NR14 7AW

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 25th April 2020
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Saturday 27th June 2020
Saturday 25th July 2020
Saturday 22nd August 2020
Saturday 26th September 2020

About the Course

This course is an interactive and enjoyable introduction to green wood carving in the beautiful rural setting of the Alderfen Marshes.
Let your creative juices flow as you source your green timber from the 9 acre site and then learn to split, chop and carve your log into a unique spoon. Take your new skills (and your spoon) home with you, ready to tackle your next green wood carving project.

On the day you will:
-Select your tree and branch
-Get to know the tools for carving
-Design your spoon
-Create a spoon ‘blank’ with an axe
-Shape the spoon using a selection of tools
-Get tips on finishing the spoon
-Learn proper tool maintenance

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What's included in the price?

A selection of green woods from the 9 acre site.
Axes, rasps and a selection of carving tools.
Goggles, cut proof gloves and other health and safety equipment.
Tea, coffee and light snacks.

(Note: lunch is not provided. Students are responsible for bringing their own packed lunch.)

Please note this is an outdoor, all-weather course. Sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and layers are strongly recommended. A covered outdoor area will be provided in the event of rain and a fire pit will be lit in colder temperatures.

The site is just south of Central Norwich and lifts can be arranged from the Norwich Train Station, with advance notice. Contact me directly to coordinate.

Want to review this course?

I highly recommend this course.

My partner booked me on as a birthday present, a nice surprise.

The location at Alderfen Marshes is beautiful, they are doing great stuff there to use the resources provided by the marsh. We got to have a little walk around at the start. I went in early spring, there was a nice warm cabin with a log stove for the breaks but we could work outside under a cover for when it was raining. The owners provided delicious cheese scones.

Monica is a great teacher with a light touch, giving demonstrations and hints but also giving you the freedom to find your own way. She has also given support after the course helping me to get an axe sharpened in the right way.

A warning that I'm now hooked on spoon carving, have bought various books and tools and have piles of wood shavings dotted around the garden. Don't go on this course unless you are prepared to be similarly affected.

- - #22525

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Stag and hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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