Spoon Carving at Walderchain Wood
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About the Course
Your tutors will guide you through the process from selecting a log through to a completed spoon.
The session includes:
* Tool review - an overview of the various tools available for spoon carving and similar projects
* Timber selection - what type of wood and what parts of the log are best and what to avoid
* Spoon design - overview of the proportions and features of spoons for different uses
* Cleaving/splitting timber - use of axe and froe for reducing thickness of wood
* Safe and effective axe and knife skills - demonstration and practicing numerous axe and knife techniques to enable you shape timber
* Finishes - information of various types of product to protect
At the end of the session you will leave with all your fingers, a spoon and the confidence to carve on your own. The classes are hosted within an ancient woodland site. The class is a perfect starting point for anyone thinking about taking up green woodworking or spoon carving and for novice spoon carvers wishing to improve.
There is a maximum of 6 places per class. If none of the dates suit get in touch to as we can often arrange bespoke classes.
About the tutors:
Originally trained as a carpenter/joiner, Mark has worked as a eco-builder, sustainable construction consultant and trainer. He has a degree in Environmental Sciences, obtained a post graduate diploma at the Centre of Alternative Technology. He now owns, lives in 23 acres (the venue) of woodland and practices green woodworking and sustainable woodland management.
Studied sculpture at Kennington art school. She took up spoon carving shortly after buying woodland outside Canterbury in 2007. She now teaches up and down the UK and demonstrates at country shows, festivals, fetes and Bushcraft shows.
About the venue:
The classes will normally be held in a well equipped workshop situated in 23 acres of ancient woodland in the Elham valley area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The woodland is managed to continuously supply timber as a material and fuel, to enhance biodiversity and natural stability and for amenity value.
21st April 2018 - Fully Booked
2nd June 2018 - 6 places available
7th July 2018 - 6 places available
4th August 2018 - 6 places available
8th September 2018 - 4 places available
3rd November 2018 - 6 places available
8th December 2018 - 6 places available
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Use of tools
Wood for carving
Refreshments - Tea, Coffee, Biscuits etc
Lunch - Homemade and local produce, will cater for dietary requirements
Mark very welcoming on arrival and very patient with his teaching. Very hands on and practical. Really had a great day learning how to safely use an axe and different knives. Lunch was wholesome and home made. The best bit was coming away with a spoon that I had carved myself.
Thank you for sharing your skills.
Paula - - #12080
A great sunlit day with Mark and Jill at Mark's workshop in autumn-bright beautiful woodland. These two experts gave us excellent hands-on teaching of axe and knife work, tips on wood types and spoon design, plus plenty of tool envy opportunities - all accompanied by much good humour and Chris's fabulous lunch. Thank you!
Iso - - #11974
I was looking for an unusual early Christmas present for my partner and this course was brilliant. We had a very good time with Mark and Jill and thanks to their skills and patience, we both managed to carve great spoons, enjoy a delicious meal and have a nice walk in the woods.
Barbara - - #11910
If you love crafts and want to try something new, this is an unforgettable day’s course.
The skills Mark and Jill have are incredible, they taught me (a complete novice) to carve the most amazing spoon.
I’d thoroughly recommend you to sign up, I would definitely return to learn something else.
Carving is so good for the soul.
Emma - - #11868
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Course Start DatesSaturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Saturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018
Saturday 8th September 2018
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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