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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 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:

Mark Saich
Originally trained as a carpenter/joiner, Mark has worked as an 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 and lives in 23 acres (the venue) of woodland practicing green woodworking and sustainable woodland management.

Jill Swan
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:
When the weather permits the classes will be held in a semi-covered woodland clearing, at other times 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.

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Available dates:
27th April 2019 - Fully booked
1st June 2019 - 4 Places available
13th July 2019 - 6 Places available
10th August 2019 - 4 Places available
28th September 2019 - 6 Places available
9th November 2019 - 6 Places available
7th December 2019 - 6 Places available

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?

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?

Thanks a lot for a great day, it was thoroughly enjoyable and I am proud of my efforts and resulting spoon (though my kids are less impressed ;-). The setting is spot on, the teachers are knowledgeable and super friendly and the tools very sharp indeed (lol!). I will be back with my friend for sure. If anyone is reading this comment, do not hesitate, do this workshop, you won't regret it one bit, I give you my word!

- - #20215

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Thank you for your review.
We're glad you enjoyed the day. Love to see you back here, if you come in the summer months we should be out in the woodland teaching area.

I’ve just had a fantastic day, thank you Mark! I absolutely loved it and am seriously keen to continue carving! The setting was perfect, and for the first time in a long while, I completely lost track of time. Wonderful!

- - #17860

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the day and glad to hear you want to do more. Spending the whole day in the wood was good 'de-compression' for me too. All the best, Mark

What a fantastic day in a beautiful setting with such friendly, patient, passionate and knowledgeable teachers. I can't wait to it again!! Not because I was particularly proud of my spoon but because I had enjoyed the process and methods of making it so much. By lunchtime you become completely immersed in the craft and switch off from the outside world. Thank you Mark and Jill

- - #17159

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Thank you for you review.
Glad you enjoyed your day.
Lots more classes next year if you do fancy a return trip.

I've now done this course twice, which I guess says something in itself !
The first time was with my 8 year old son. Mark & Jill were (rightly !) concerned about an 8 year old doing the spoon carving course given how sharp the tools are and the coordination required. They remained immensely professional about it but facilitated making it possible for Oscar to take part just like any adult. Both he and I has such an amazing day. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Just DO IT ! 2 years later and following a 2nd trip where I brought our whole office to carve spoons out of logs we all still talk about it very fondly. I'm also pleased to say that 2 years later we're still using all the spoons we made :-) You can never have enough wooden spoons. Think I need to organise another trip . . . !

- - #17156

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Glad you both enjoyed your day.
Oscar did really well - amazing work for an 8 year old.

I had a great day on Saturday in the woods carving my spoon, with some lovely company and great tuition from Mark. Lunch was good too! Wonderful opportunity to do something different in a lovely location. I would also recommend it as my fellow spooner has! I would love to have another go.

- - #16786

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Thank you for your review.

I'm glad you enjoyed the day and are up for more!

All the best

My 13yr old son Conor and I had a lovely day yesterday on the spoon carving course. Mark was a great, patient teacher who has a wealth of knowledge about carving and wood. We had a lovely walk around his woods which was very informative and a great homemade lunch of soup and cake. A great day that I’d highly recommend to anyone interested in outdoor activities.

- - #16728

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Thank you very much.

I'm glad you both enjoyed your day.

Lots of tool shopping next, I guess.


My daughter attended the workshop this weekend and had a wonderful time. She has managed to carve a great spoon even if it was a beginner.

- - #15756

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Many thanks for your review.

We're glad Sara enjoyed the class. She did very well. We were particularly impressed with how quickly she took to the axe work.

All the best


Wow, what a day. Mark and Jill are amazing teachers in the art of spoon carving. The workshop is in the most beautiful location and a fantastic lunch was provided by Christina. We had been waiting for a date for a year to do the course due to other commitments but the wait was well and truly worth it. The course is about far more than learning to carve a spoon. You learn all about the tools and how to use them safely, information about what wood to use and a lovely walk around Marks woods. If you are considering doing the couse think no more, get on and book it. You will not be disappointed.

- - #15734

Response from Walderchain Wood:

Many thanks for your review.

We're glad you enjoyed the day.

Watch this page for future classes.

All the best


Beautiful location and blessed with fantastic weather. I had a brilliant day and learnt so much that I can take away and apply myself at home. Mark and Jill are patient and expert teachers that support and guide you throughout the day. Excellent advice on techniques and equipment that you might want to look out for should you choose to take up this art. A delicious home made lunch and a nice walk through the woodland with advice on tree types and things like coppicing and woodland management. I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience spoon carving and have gone away with knowledge that will last a lifetime. Thanks to everyone at Walderchain Wood.

- - #14501

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 April 2019
Saturday 1st June 2019
Saturday 13th July 2019
Saturday 10th August 2019
Saturday 28th September 2019
Saturday 9th November 2019
Saturday 7th December 2019
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