Spoon carving course (1 day)

Students spoon carving in Cilgerran with The Coppice Plot


This full day course allows you to take a log blank and turn it into a spoon you’ll be able to use in the kitchen forever. We teach you how to safely and effectively use axes and different knives to shape your spoon, giving you the perfect introduction into making spoons for yourself at home.

David Hunter is a coppice worker in Pembrokeshire, where he manages local woodlands using hand tools and traditional techniques. He uses the wood he cuts to make products ranging from charcoal to spoons for sale locally.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Includes wood, all tools, tasty snacks and a vegetarian lunch to keep you going. Instructor to student ratio is never more than 1:5.


David Hunter at The Coppice Plot
Coppicewood College
SA43 2TB

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
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In-person course
Yasmin Barlow - - #31059

This was a wonderful way to spend a day! Being able to concentrate on learning a new skill in such lovely surroundings was mindfulness at its best. David is a very patient teacher who was able to guide us skilfully to improve whilst still making encouraging comments. There was a lovely pace to the day and the delicious snacks and lunch were much appreciated. David went through the safety measures carefully but not laboriously and would gently remind us if we weren’t holding tools correctly. Even though it was wet outside, the wood burner provided a cosy but safe environment. I would recommend this course highly and hope to attend another one at some stage to improve on my skills.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Hi Yasmin, thank you very much for your review and I'm delighted you enjoyed the course. Happy carving, David

In-person course
Paul - - #30497

We decided to try this course to celebrate our 5th 'Wooden' anniversary and we were both so glad that we did. The course was set in the middle of a charming woodland, miles away from any hustle and bustle and the entire day was both relaxing and cathartic. David was incredibly friendly, informative and, most importantly, very patient with the five of us partaking in the activity and the six and a half hours flew by. What I really appreciated was that David didn't patronise us, despite his own obvious skill, and we felt supported throughout. Having lunch provided was an extra treat and hot drinks on tap kept my wife particularly happy.
We were delighted with the outcome of our work and enjoyed so much that we've just bought our own set of tools to practise more at home. Overall, a fantastic experience.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Hi Paul,

Thank you very much for your review. Delighted you enjoyed the course and even more so that you have got your own tools and plan to keep on carving.


In-person course
Eva John - - #24679

An excellent, really enjoyable course, with a well-structured step-by-step approach, enabling everyone to produce their own individual spoon. David was an outstanding tutor, providing encouragement and expert advice, whilst maintaining awareness of the health and safety aspects throughout. Extra interesting links and information were sent out by him very promptly following the course.
The setting was idyllic, the weather perfect and the food, prepared by David, was delicious. It was great to meet and share the learning experience with a friendly group of new people. We'd definitely like to do more Coppicewood College courses.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Hi Eva,

Really pleased you enjoyed the day of spoon carving.

All the best and happy carving,


In-person course
Tony Forey - - #24623

Really enjoyed the course, sitting in a wood on a sunny autumnal day, carving a spoon from a slab of wood, using all manor of really sharp tools, with 4 other participants who were really friendly and expertly taught by David.
My wife even recognised my work as a spoon, so well done David! By the way the stew was very good.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Hi Tony,

Thanks for the review and really glad you enjoyed the course and the stew!

Happy carving,


In-person course
Christine - - #21947

This one day course was bought for me as a present, and I had a really lovely day working in the woods with a small group of people led expertly by David - he clearly knows all about wood and carving and has a quiet patient teaching style. The day was a good mix of demonstration and instruction, hands on carving, good conversation and breaks for homemade snacks and a tasty lunch. Highly recommended.

In-person course
Ann PHILLIPS - - #21432

Thoroughly enjoyed my day at Coppicewood. Excellent tutor, location, food and company. Highly recommended.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Hi Ann, thanks very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the course!

In-person course
Gethin ap Dafydd - - #21326

Fantastic day. Very informative and knowledgeable tutor. Superb venue. Very tasty lunch too! I'd highly recommend this.

In-person course
Simon Holden - - #14359

Great course in a beautiful woodland setting.
The course leader was knowledgable and generous with his advice.
The food provided was homemade and very tasty with regular breaks for a good cup of tea (Yorkshire man here, I know)
All in all I would highly recommend this introductory/ intermediate course on spoon carving.
See you again for sure.

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Thanks very much for the review Simon. I'm glad you enjoyed the day and congratulations on your two spoons. Happy carving!

In-person course
Lyn thomas - - #14357

Excellent tuition. Great selection or tools. Each stage of the carving explained in detail. David’s “criticism “ was always constructive and very helpful. Great bonus was the weather as we worked outside all day. Good choice of refreshments and drinks. Can recommend the carving course without reservation. An enjoyable day!!

Response from The Coppice Plot:

Thank you very much Lyn for your review. Really pleased that you enjoyed your day. I hope you enjoy using your cawl spoon!

In-person course
John Cocker - - #10712

My partner organised a Spoon carving day as a birthday gift. I didn't really know exactly what to expect from the experience, or just what I was going to achieve throughout the da

The pace of the day was just right, instruction was great. The use & purpose of tools clearly explained.

A delicious lunch & regular tea/coffee breaks made it an overall great day & above all, I found it very therapeutic.

An even though my hand carved "spoon" at the end the day might not have looked anything like Davids, practice makes perfect & I hope to find time to put into practice, what I learnt from the day.

In-person course
Karl Watkins - - #9331

Sorry for the late review, the spoon carving seed sown on your course has now become an addiction. What a wonderful day it was (Feb this year). I joked with my wife that I may never return - it was a close run thing. I learnt so much, I relaxed, I unwound and I created something unique, a cherry 'spoontula' now finished and given as a new home present. I'm now experimenting with different woods, tools and designs-my mind is certainly working faster than my hands although I'm doing my best to keep up! Many thanks, I shall return....

In-person course
Andy Gill - - #8455

Great intro to spoon carving in a very beautiful and tranquil setting. Dave is a good teacher and very knowledgable. He also provided delicious homemade sour dough bread, soup and amazing cake. Real coffee too. Couldn't fault it and would recommend it to anyone

In-person course
Julie - - #8192

What a great day! It was everything I wanted it to be - informative, friendly, welcoming, with a great (small) group of like minded people. We started by choosing a piece of branch (cherry for me) and learned how to split it and use an axe properly to shape it into a blank. Then onto using straight and curved knives to create the spoons we wanted. All were different and wonderful. The setting was perfect, with a woodburning stove crackling away while the wind and rain (February) did its worst outside. The sense of quiet absorption as we all settled down and concentrated on our carving as the afternoon went on was just magical. David was good company and very generous with his calm encouraging tuition. Lots of really lovely food - I have particularly fond memories of the cake!

In-person course
Suki - - #5200

I booked this course for myself and a friend and although we were a little nervous we absolutely loved it. We have dabbled with woodwork but didn't have the benefit of advice from people who have previous experience so this was just perfect. From location, to experience, skills and enjoyment this day is 10/10 and I could not recommend it enough. If you're at all curious then book it up.

In-person course
Judith - - #3900

This half day course was a Christmas present - and it proved a perfect day out for my sister and I and her 23 year old son. It was great to get away from the crazy commercial feel of Christmas and spent the day together carving our spoons. David was a great instructor, sharing his knowledge and showing us different cuts. We were all very impressed with our finished spoons and have continued carving after the course. We highly recommend this course.

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