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Intro to Green Woodwork

Using traditional shave horses and drawknives

About the Course

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.

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 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
Otley Chevin Forest Park
West Yorkshire
LS21 3DD
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  • Suitable for beginners

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

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In-person course
- - #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 👍

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- - #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.

In-person course
- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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!!!!!!!

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- - #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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