Spoon carving at Walderchain Wood, Canterbury



Your tutor will guide you through the process from selecting a log through to a completed spoon. 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 from the Centre of Alternative Technology. He now owns and lives in 23 acres (the venue) of woodland practicing green woodworking and sustainable woodland management. 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 as we can often arrange bespoke classes. 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). There are toilet and wash facilities onsite. The woodland is managed to continuously supply timber as a material and fuel, to enhance biodiversity and natural stability and for amenity value. The site is a 10-15min walk from the nearest bus stops (Mill lane/Derringstone Hill or the Old Chalk Pit Barham) or 15-20min walk from the Jackdaw in Denton. Booking: Please click the "message the tutor" button to get in touch for booking details and to enquire about the availability of places. I typically reply within hours - please check your spam folder if you don't receive a reply.

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


1 day

Cancellation policy

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


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Walderchain Wood

with Craft Courses since 2017

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Weekends
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
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Woodland Farm, Walderchain, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6NS