In-person course
in Stanwick, Wellingborough Maker & location details

Spoon Carving Workshop - one day



Wooden spoons have been carved for thousands of years and, for most of the population, were used as an eating utensil until relatively recently. ‘Spoon’ was originally an Anglo-Saxon word that meant ‘a chip of wood’. Spoon carving requires only a few tools and within hours you can create a unique and practical item from a wooden log! On this therapeutic one-day introductory course, you will begin by learning how to cleave the wood and use an axe to produce your spoon blank. The rest of the day will be spent using a sloyd knife and a hook knife to carve and shape your individual spoon. The course covers a selection of knife grips which will keep your carving under control as well as keeping you safe. Time will be spent looking at how the spoon develops in a 3-dimensional form, covering the spoons ‘crook’, bowl and handle to get a well-balanced and functioning spoon you will enjoy using for many years. Your tutor for the day is Karl Warden, a sustainable living advocate. Karl has 7 years of experience with spoon carving; he has managed his own woodland for this duration, where he turns raw materials into valued products. The course is limited to just six participants. Teenagers from 16+ are welcome to take part in this course but must be supervised by an adult. The course will take place in our training barn at Stanwick Lakes, a beautiful 750-acre nature reserve and visitor attraction in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Basic tea /coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge during the course. Food and drinks can be purchased in the café in the visitor centre or bring your own packed lunch. Car parking is also free of charge on the day of your course.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
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We have an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) barrier system on site. The barrier will raise as you approach it. Please proceed to the main car park to park your car.

Parking is free for workshop attendees - please speak to the team on reception in our Visitor Centre for a pass.

Alternatively, you can become a member for just £42.00 per year, giving you free access to all our facilities for a whole year, while supporting Rockingham Forest Trust.


Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY