Spoon Carving at Walderchain Wood

Duration: One Day

Price: £80

Run by: Mark Saich
at Walderchain Wood


Woodland Farm

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About the Course

Your tutors, Jill Swan and Mark Saich, 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.

Available dates:

27th January 2018 - 6 places available

3rd March 2018 - 5 places available

21st April 2018 - 4 places available

19th May 2018 - 3 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?

Price includes:

Use of tools
Wood for carving
Refreshments - Tea, Coffee, Biscuits etc
Lunch - Homemade and local produce, will cater for dietary requirements

Want to review this course?

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.

- - #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!

- - #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.

- - #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.

- - #11868

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 27th January 2018
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Saturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018

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