Knife skills and whittling workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre

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Whittling is a traditional pastime using a knife to make items from wood. It is an enjoyable pursuit that most can learn. This one day workshop will take place at the Sylva Foundation Wood School.

Knife skills and whittling with Martin Damen. At the most basic level, the only tool that is required is a single knife and the wood that is locally available.

Despite being run in a relaxed manner the workshop still emphasizes the teaching of safe and efficient skills.

You will start by learning how to use traditional tools safely and effectively before making your first project. As the day continues, you will make a variety of projects that present a range of challenges that become progressively more difficult.

5 places available.

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.


Joseph Bray at Sylva Foundation


Little Wittenham Road
Long Wittenham, Abingdon
OX14 4QT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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Cherie & David Ellis - - #25318

Martin took the time and trouble to explain clearly how to handle the knives safely and efficiently in a calm and measured way. He also showed us various knives from the basic type up to the more expensive professional type, explaining their pros and cons. He brought along a good selection of items as examples.
The small group enabled Martin to spend time with each student.
We all came away with two finished items and plenty of material to practise at home.
We would recommend this course.
The signage to the workshop was not very clear.

Response from Sylva Foundation:

We are delighted that you enjoyed the Knife Skills and Whittling course with Martin Damen. With such sharp knives it is essential that we give you clear instructions to keep everyone working safely! We strongly believe in small group sizes and expert tutors to give you the very best experience.

On site signage is something we are working on and we hope that when you join us again for another course or experience in the future everything will be made clear.

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