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Make you own fan bird


Duration: 1pm - 4pm

Price: £30

Run by: Stephen Ridd
at Northern Wood Monkey

Creative Artist Studios, Vallum Farm
Military Road
East Wallhouses
Newcastle upon Tyne
Northumberland
NE18 0LL

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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 The Creative Artist Studios, Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Northumberland, NE18 0LL, 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

Over 18s only

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available through the afternoon.
All tools and wood provided.



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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.

- - #21354

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.

- - #21331

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!

- - #20930

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.

- - #20864

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.

- - #20863

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.

- - #20484

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!

- - #20440

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 28th July 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners

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