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Greenwood Spoon Carving

Greenwood Spoon Carving

Duration: One day (9:30am-4:00pm)

Price: £85

Book with: Fay, Niki and Rachel
at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
S7 2QZ

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

A one-day course with Dave Jackson, basic spoon carving is an excellent, relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different for a day, in the peace and tranquillity of our Woodland Craft Area.

Over the day you will learn the basics of the 'age-old' craft of spoon carving using green (unseasoned) wood. You will learn various 'grasps' and carving techniques using a mora carving knife, how to carve with an axe and how to hollow the spoon using a crook or spoon knife.

These courses are suitable both for complete novices and people with some experience, who wish to hone their carving and whittling skills.

By the end of the day you can expect to have made a simple spoon of your own, and to have mastered the basic skills sufficiently to practice on your own.

The course introduces students to greenwood craft and the basic skill required to make and take away a spoon on the day.

The course covers:

Health and Safety in the craft area
Timber selection and evaluation
Tool selection and use
Spoon design
Carving techniques
Surface treatment and finishing

Arrive: 15 minutes prior to a 9.30am start
Depart: 4pm, although this is approximate.
Directions: Please look at the map featured on the website.
What to bring: work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs
Refundable up to two weeks prior to course (minus £30 admin fee)
No refunds for cancellations within two weeks of course

All adult courses are open to 16 year olds and over.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All timber and tool use is included. Refreshments and biscuits throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch. Wear warm, outdoor clothing as the course will take place outdoors.

Want to review this course?

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.

- - #25134

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.

- - #25092

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.

- - #16550

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!!

- - #16515

Fantastic course - Nadine and Gaz were brilliant and Myles loved ever minute and is really keen to do more, they made loads of things and he is really proud of his achievements! Thank you!

- - #14099

Great course and great setting, would definitely recommend to others.

- - #10385

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.

- - #10363

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!

- - #9509

A really good day despite the rain! Dave and Sam gave excellent instruction and help throughout the day. I learned a lot, a most enjoyable day.

- - #2850

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.

- - #2844

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.

- - #1257

Good introduction to the skills and tools needed - enjoyed the day and came home with a new spoon and spatula.

- - #1256

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!

- - #1253

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