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Make you own fan bird


About the Course

Fan birds originated in Russia and Eastern Europe as a traditional decoration hung in the home that catches gentle breezes and so draws the eye too. They are made from a single piece of wood using simple hand tools only.

It needs a steady hand and steadier nerves when it comes to opening your birds wings to reveal your creation.

The course runs for 3 hours at Clara Vale Village Hall, South View, Clara Vale, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3SY, refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. No previous experience is needed though we will be working with sharp hand tools and carving knives.

Come and try your hand at making these lovely creatures

To book a place, click on the 'View course organiser's website' link above.

Over 18s only

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 wood provided.


Stephen Ridd at Northern Wood Monkey
Clara Vale Village Hall
South View
Clara Vale
NE40 3SY
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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3 hours (1:00pm to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
- - #25080

Did a course with Steve making a wooden fan bird.
Had a good time learning knew techniques. Tutor was great. Amazing to see the end product from a piece of wood.
I'd definitely recommend it!
Looking forward to the next course with Steve....Spoon making!

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- - #23690

As an absolute beginner with no knowledge or experience of carving or using tools of the trade, I attended a half-day course to make a fan bird. Steve is a great teacher who demonstrated, explained and inspired. Everyone in the group created their own carved fan birds and I never thought I'd be able to make something so lovely on my first attempt. I have a beautiful fan bird! It was a relaxing environment and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of learning how to make something very special with wood. Thank you!

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- - #22223

I did the fanbird course in May and made two fanbirds which I am going to give as gifts. Everything was really well organised and it's a very fun activity. Steve also helped me organise my tools and gave lots of advice so I can carry on at home.

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- - #21354

Excellent day with Steve, great tuition, everything provided in a warm and friendly environment.
Would strongly recommend for anyone wanting to pickup basic carving skills.

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- - #21331

Excellent course, excellent tuition from Steve. Learned a lot which will come in handy for my work and hobby and came out with a spoon to top it all. Great to work along with like minded people too. Thank you.

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- - #20930

We had an excellent day with Steve learning about working with wood and spoon carving. He was very nice, explained everything very clearly and helped us whenever we needed. It is definitely a great workshop if you want to try something new or start a new hobby. We learnt many new things. Thanks to Steve for all his hard work!

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- - #20864

We really enjoyed the day making a wooden spoon. Steve is an excellent
teacher, explaining very clearly each step. He gives lots of individual attention
and is really encouraging. It’s a super experience and great fun.

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- - #20863

Highly recommended course and very good value for money. I'd made a spoon by the end of the day which flew by, completely absorbing so much so I was surprised when told it was nearing the end of the day. I now have the knowledge to carry on at home and start a new hobby.

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- - #20484

In 6 hours managed to make a wooden serving spoon from a hewn block of wood initially using an axe then various knives. Steve explained and demonstrated each stage of the process and helped each of us as required. It was challenging but a really great day. The whole day was very well organised and I would recommend it to anyone who likes working with wood and want to be able to create something interesting and useful.

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- - #20440

Spent yesterday at the wooden spoon carving course at the Sill. A thoroughly enjoyable experience! All the steps were clearly described and demonstrated by Steve and with only five participants there was ample time for Steve to give one to one help and assistance where required. If you like working with wood then, like me, you will find green wood spoon carving an enjoyable new challenge and potentially an absorbing pastime!

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