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Nordic Wood Craft

Nordic Wood Craft

Duration: 1 day

Price: £80

Book with: Tom Banks
at Wooden Tom

Inshriach Farm
Aviemore
Inverness-Shire
PH22 1QP

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About the Course

Learn Nordic traditions of woodcarving in the comfort of a wood-fired log cabin in the forest. With expert tuition from Wooden Tom, you will be guided to safely use hand tools such as a knife and axe to create your very own useful item to take home.

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1. Introduction to Nordic woodcraft
If you have no wood carving experience then this is the course for you. In this half day course you will learn all the basics needed so you will be comfortable making making carving basic wooden items at home.

What you will learn

What is green woodworking and why do it
Timber selection (do’s and don’ts)
How to dry your wood without it splitting
Different protective finishes for your items
About the tools
How to use a hand saw
How to use a carving axe for shaping
How to use a carving knife

2. Spoon carving

Spoon carving is the stereotypical Nordic woodcraft project people get stuck into and for good reason. It is easy to pick up the basics but can take many years to master, so you can see constant improvement and keeping your interest for many years. Everybody needs wooden spoons in their kitchen so they make great gifts. The other benefit of starting with spoons is that you only need much small pieces of wood (twigs and branches) to get making. Compared to cup making where you need access to large diameters of timber.

This course is ideally suited to people with at least a little practical hands on experience of any sort even if that is not wood related.

What you will learn

What is green woodworking and why do it
Timber selection (do’s and don’ts)
How to dry your wood without it splitting
Different protective finishes for your items
About the tools
Designing your own spoon
How to use a hand saw
How to use a carving axe for shaping
How to use different cuts with the carving knife
How to use the Crook knife for hollowing the spoon


3. Highlands cup or whisky quaich

Learn Scottish woodcarving traditions in the forest at Inshriach, close to Aviemore. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Highlanders by replicating a 2000 year old Highlands cup of your own. 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.

There is no need for prior experience as you will be guided step-by-step in all the green wood skills and tool techniques needed on the day. This is a great course to learn many of the grounding skills in one day which are transferable on to other carving projects.

What you will learn

Using an axe to accurately cleave wood
Correct use of the carving axe to rough out the shape of your item
Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife and gouge
Carving axe
Saw
Carving knife
Gouge
Mallet

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?

Fresh tea and coffee is provided through the day plus a hearty homemade lunch is included in the full-day courses.

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


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- - #21714

Response from Wooden Tom:

Thank you for your kind words Diana and also for bringing your amazing fan birds....the one from Yew....wow!!!

My friend and I had a fantastic day with Tom making a quaich. He went at our pace, showing us skills then allowing us to get on and practice. He fed us knowledge at just the right level to accomplish our task but also to leave us wanting more!! He has a very nice gentle manner and is an excellent teacher. The location was perfect too. Very happy with the experience.

- - #20256

A wonderful days outdoor woodworking in a gorgeous setting with a really great teacher.
Tom talked us through all aspects of the highland cup making.
There was a great balance between demonstrating the techniques and space to try them out.
It was great to be away from everything in the woods for a day.
And to come home with a beautiful functional cup at the end of it.
I would highly recommend this course.

- - #20069

Response from Wooden Tom:

Thank you Sheena

a most enjoyable informative course in a wonderful location
a delightful day was had
Tom is a very knowledgable chap and generous to share his skills in a relaxed atmosphere
cheers Tom

- - #20054

Response from Wooden Tom:

Hope you add wood carving to your hobbies

Tom’s gentle, peaceful and informative teaching ensures the whole day is both a memorable and rewarding experience........and, it all takes place in beautiful secluded surroundings.
Thank you Tom, we really enjoyed our day with you!

- - #18713

What an absolutely fantastic course! Spent the day learning a lot from Tom while making a traditional kuksa. From the very start Tom made us feel at home, as if we were working in our own back garden. He imparted his extensive knowledge and experience in a kind and relaxed manner, giving detailed instruction but balanced with enough room to work away at our own pace. A delicious homemade lunch and many welcome hot drinks were provided throughout the day. Thanks to Tom for a brilliant day!

- - #18529

What a fantastic day learning to carve a traditional nordic wooden cup with Tom. Positioned in an beautiful woodland setting the whole experience is magical, from carving outside in the woods to sitting around a fire drinking tea and chatting in his shelter, learning all sorts of interesting facts and having a laugh. Tom was a brilliant teacher and created a friendly and relaxed environment for us to learn and hone our skills, breaking down all the stages of making a cup into managable sections but giving us the freedom to create and experiment. Tom has fantastic knowledge of his craft and by showing us good technique he made it very easy for us to perform the carving actions safely and effectively. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone.

- - #18108

Had a wonderful private course to make a traditional mug with my friend Lou. I learnt some amazing new skills and had an excellent day in the forest. Tom has a very relaxed and friendly approach to teaching, he encourages creativity and learning. His knowledge of wood and passion for what he does is exceptional! He is even happy to sit by the fire and have a bit of chit chat too! Thanks for a lovely day. I will definitely be back. :)

- - #18069

What an amazing setting for a wood carving course.
Tom is brilliant with plenty patience and full of advice and guidance.
Would highly recommend his courses.
Amazing day learning loads, left with new skills and new confidence in what I was doing.

- - #17962

This was a fantastic course in an amazing setting. Tom was a great teacher and the course was very interesting and covered much more than I first thought. The timber selection and drying advice was really useful and will allow me to try more projects at home. Overall the whole day was excellent and fantastic value for money. Would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to try green woodwork. Amazing setting and fantastic coffee. Many thanks.

- - #17254

My girlfriend and I had a private workshop to make our own cup. Tom was very helpful, knowledgable and overall a really nice person! He knows his skills and is very good at explaining them. We especially liked the fact that he explained and demonstrated but also left enough space for us to try things for ourselves. In the end, it really is about doing and learning this by yourself but without Tom's insights you wouldn't know where to start :)
The location is also really nice and Tom provides hot beverages and a shelter for those cold and/or rainy days. Would definitely recommend!

- - #17098

Response from Wooden Tom:

Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure getting to know you both also.

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