Introduction to woodcarving

Learn hoe to make a Scandinavian Butterknife


Learn Scottish woodcarving traditions in the forest at Inshriach, close to Aviemore. Perfect for complete beginners. You will learn how to select the right wood, safe use of tools and how to finish your item. You will spend half a day learning to be confident with the carving axe and knife (the main tools of this activity) whilst making a butter spreading knife. With expert tuition from Wooden Tom, you will be guided to safely use hand tools such as a knife and axe to create your own Highlands kuksa cup or whisky quaich to take home.

This is a great course to learn many of the grounding skills in one day which are transferable on to other carving projects.

Skills learned

Using an axe to accurately cleave wood
Correct use of the carving axe to rough out the shape of your butter knife
Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife
Tools used

Carving axe
Carving knife

At the end of the day there will be a chance to buy some of the tools you have used if you like.

All courses are held in beautiful oak woodlands on the Inshriach estate, just outside of Aviemore. For more information on location and surroundings, click here.

For cancellations you need to give one months notice or no refund will be given.

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 materials and tools are supplied. Though we never expect mishaps, Wooden Tom is First Aid trained and holds full Public Liability Insurance.


Tom Banks at Wooden Tom


Inshriach Farm
PH22 1QP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


3 hours (10:00am to 1:00pm)

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