This course serves as a general introduction to the basic skills used in green woodwork. You will spend the day developing the green woodwork skills needed to create your own kitchen spatula and Scandinavian butter spreader. You will start by selecting a suitable log and cleave the timber using traditional tools and techniques. After roughing out the blanks using a carving axe you will move onto the shavehorse and use a drawknife to create the shape of your spatulas and spreaders. Finishing touches will be added with small wood carving knives. At the end of the day you will be able to add a couple of handmade additions to your kitchen utensils. Tools used on these courses will include froes, axes, drawknives and wood carving knives. The correct techniques of using these tools and working with green wood will be developed during the day. Throughout the course a strong emphasis will be placed on safety.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials provided, tea and coffee provided. Bring lunch Please note that the price is per participant (discount is available for groups, please contact Mike for details). Course participants must be over 18 (in certain circumstances it may be possible for children aged 13+ to attend a course if accompanied by a guardian who is also a paying participant on the course- please check with course provider before booking to avoid disappointment)


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



MC Woodcrafts

with Craft Courses since 2017

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I'm Mike Craig, a green woodworker based at the Otley Chevin Forest Park which is situated above the picturesque market town of Otley, West Yorkshire. I have over 20 years experience as an educator in countryside management and wildlife conservation and over 10 years experienced as a green woodwork course tutor. The only thing I enjoy more than carving green wood in a woodland setting is helping others to discover and develop their own green woodwork skills.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
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Otley Chevin Forest Park, , Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD