Intro to Green Woodwork

scandinavian spreaders and spatulas


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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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)


Mike at MC Woodcrafts

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Otley Chevin Forest Park
West Yorkshire
LS21 3DD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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Katherine - - #33809

Myself and my husband attended the green woodworking day course. We had a fabulous day. I am very new to any type of wood work, my husband has been carving for a couple of years. Mike made sure that we both knew what we were doing and was a constant source of knowledge. Highly recommend this day whether you are a complete beginner, have some experience it just want to give it a go. He also makes a pretty good cuppa too ☺️ And the day was even more complete by having the company of Jack, Mike’s lovely canine companion.

Simon Beer - - #32854

Thoroughly enjoyed Mike’s Introduction to Green Woodworking Course. A very pleasant day with some nice people, in a lovely place. I learnt a lot about using traditional tools and techniques and now feel confident carving.
Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience and a very laid back teaching style.
I would thoroughly recommend this course - a really informative and enjoyable way to spend a day.

Chris Morse - - #32852

Had a great day on the green woodwork course. Mike is a great teacher, very calm, helpful and always has a brew on. Learnt loads. Would fully recommend!

Ryan storie - - #32851

Great intro to green woodwork with mike who was a very knowledgeable chilled guy, always there to answer any questions or give advice when needed.
Highly recommended.

Jan McWhinnie - - #32596

Husband and I had a great day with Mike and one other couple on the Chevin. The sun shone whilst Mike gave us the full benefit of his years of experience. Light hearted but comprehensive instruction on how to get from log to spatula or spreader using a variety of tools, none of which we had ever used before. We each finished the day in full possession of all our fingers and toes, plus our utensil of choice!
We really enjoyed our day and can thoroughly recommend Mike’s courses - a great day in the great outdoors - go on, try one, you won’t regret it!

Response from MC Woodcrafts:

Thanks for your review Jan, it was lovely to meet you both and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your day of green woodwork

Peter - - #31080

Intro to greenwood carving. Sept 2020.
Well worth waiting for following cancellation earlier due to Covid. Woodland setting ideal for taking up the tuition provided by Mike. Great to have been successful in converting a cherry wood log into a spatula and a birch log into a spreader. First class equipment and theory provided by Mike. Small group allowed for good interaction and individual attention.

Steve Brown - - #30996

This is the second course that I’ve been on with Mike. His knowledge and enthusiasm is obvious and as a result you want to make the best spatula and spreader that you can. Mike, another great day in the beautiful setting of Otley Chevin. I thoroughly enjoyed my day as well as the extra tips that you gave me regarding finishing my spoon from my previous course. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Steve.

Sheena little - - #24419

I attended Mike's spoon carving day on 1st sept 2019 and I can truly say I had the best day ever! Mike was friendly caring, patient and very very good at teaching. The atmosphere was laid back and peaceful with plenty of cups of tea and biscuits. I’m so proud of my spoon and can’t wait until I can go back on another day. Thank you Mike. You are wonderful 👍

Cerys Uprichard - - #22653

A most enjoyable day of spoon carving with Mike. He was welcoming, friendly and extremely informative. His excellent tuition meant that I finished the day having learnt new skills and with a spoon that I am very pleased with. I thoroughly recommend Mike's courses to anyone who's interested in woodworking skills.

Harry Eastwood - - #22638

Mike is a very passionate and knowledgeable man with a wealth of experience.
I had a great time learning loads of new skills in the outdoors and would recommend to anyone who wants to learn a new craft and have a break from everyday life.

Thérèse Robinson - - #22634

A wonderful and productive day out. Starting the day rather nervous about using the sharp tools, Mike’s warm welcome and reassuring guidance soon improved my confidence. I finished the day with my own hand-crafted spoon, new skills, and a joyful sense of achievement. Mike’s knowledge and tuition are excellent, his patience admirable and his skills enviable. I would happily do the whole day again and highly recommend Mike’s courses to all interested parties. Thank you Mike, and good luck carvers.

Greg - - #14143

Mike is a brilliant teacher with a vast amount of knowledge about how to make a piece of wood into a wonderful implement - he's also an expert in woodlands and trees which serves for great knowledge gathering - so - if you want to know about the entire life cycle of a tree of a particular type and then carve that piece of that tree into a useful utensil - there is no one more qualified. Would definitely recommend. He's a great bloke too.

Helen Fox - - #13841

Brilliant course! Fantastic family day in the forest. 4 spatulas made.
Very knowledgable and helpful with all the techniques needed to make this a great day out.
Youngest would have booked for next day if there had been a course!!!!!!!

charles potter - - #13112

Fabulous day with Mike - Feb 2018. Very knowledgeable about all things concerning forestry & wood-working. Personable, entertaining and very easy to get on with. The 3 of us thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot about woodcraft. Started off with a huge tree branch and ended up with 3 big wooden spoons. Something different for us to do as a family - relaxing and in wonderful surroundings. Would definitely recommend, and hope to return.

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