A one day course in the basic skills involved in spoon carving. No experience needed but a willingness and ability to use hand tools is essential.
You will learn practical tips and techniques on:
- Considering different types of wood suitable for spoon carving.
- Looking at the types of spoon carving tools used in Greenwood Craft, and how to use them.
- Cleaving greenwood logs into billets ready forusing a froe and an axe.
- Using a shave horse and drawknife to shape wood.
- Selection of gouges and their use.
You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them.
Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs. Please email for T&C'S. All courses are for 18 years and above.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day.
Refreshments and biscuits throughout the course.
Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable.
Cafe on site doing light lunches Thursday-Sunday.
All green woodworking courses are based outside. Most other courses inside based but bring clothing/footwear/sunscreen etc. suitable to working outdoors in the season you attend.
Please note we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system and can not accept any incoming calls- for assistance please message us using the 'Contact' link above.
*Due to Covid-19 we have taken the unfortunate decision to suspend some of our courses. As the situation changes we will suspend / re-introduce courses as applicable.
Anyone currently booked onto a course in March or April which we are re-scheduling will have priority booking on a re-arranged course or be issued with a 12 month voucher.
At present we are still taking bookings for courses later in the year and our June-Dec programme will be online shortly. Any questions related to courses please contact us.
Please note we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system and cannot accept any incoming calls- for assistance please message us using the 'Contact' link above.
Niki or Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses
J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre Ecclesall Woods Abbey Lane, Sheffield South Yorkshire S7 2QZ
Dave and team, Kay and Mel, were outstanding teachers. Very supportive and encouraging all the way, from sycamore log in the morning that we slowly morphed into a spoon in the afternoon. As a total rookie I learned an enormous amount about wood, techniques and tools, and enjoyed the informal atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Very enjoyable. Turned a wooden log into a spoon, with the help of Dave and the volunteers. Learnt a lot about wood, woodcraft, hand tools and techniques. The setting was great as was the coffee, biscuits and the conversations with the rest of the group. And, on this occasion, I was glad to be going home with the wooden spoon. Good fun and my thanks to all that were there.
I attended a rustic table making course earlier in the year and enjoyed it so much I thought I would have a go at spoon carving. On both courses the teaching was very good using a variety of tools and techniques. The facilities in the teaching area and the centre were very good.
I now have a very nice table that I am staining and waxing, and the skills to try spoon carving at home.
Exceptional tutoring, fun engaging and really relaxing. A wonderful day learning new skills safely with experienced and knowledgeable craftsman. I was so pleased with my first attempts. Great advice on materials and tools. I would thoroughly recommend any greenwood workshop here. This is the place to grow your imagination!!
Dave introduced us gradually to the tools and the process of carving a spoon. The course was entirely structured around making it easy to carve a spoon - surprisingly difficult. I learnt a great deal from the course and will certainly be taking another wood carving course.
Superb day - everything I'd thought it might be plus more. Dave and Viv were excellent. I can highly recommend this course and a day of spoon carving. Sitting in close concentration under a canopy of ancient woodland with a mug of coffee, very pleasant company and expert and passionate guides. What's not to like! I've ordered my own tools and I'm on my way. Thank you!
I very much enjoyed the day. The centre was beautiful, the tutor and his assistant Dave and Sam were great, and the other course attendees were really friendly and good-humoured. Although it was harder work than I expected, I was delighted to make the spoon and a spatula and hope to return for other courses5.
I loved the day - it helped that we had lovely warm sunshine, but it was so peaceful sitting whittling in the woods! I learnt a huge amount both about how to handle the tools safely and about the properties of the wood, and we were well looked after both in woodworking and in cups of tea. I'm very proud of the spoon and spatula I made. Hope to do more.
We had an excellent day! Dave and the volunteers were very engaging and made everyone feel welcome. It was a gentle introduction to the tools allowing us time to test their uses and make progress on our utensils! It is surprisingly difficult to carve a spoon and this course gives you a real appreciation for the time and skill that goes into making a good one. I am certainly keen to practice my new skills at home!