About the Course
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.
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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.
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.
Eva John - - #24679
Response from The Coppice Plot:Hi Eva,
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.
Tony Forey - - #24623
Response from The Coppice Plot:Hi Tony,
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.
Christine - - #21947
Thoroughly enjoyed my day at Coppicewood. Excellent tutor, location, food and company. Highly recommended.
Ann PHILLIPS - - #21432
Response from The Coppice Plot:Hi Ann, thanks very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the course!
Fantastic day. Very informative and knowledgeable tutor. Superb venue. Very tasty lunch too! I'd highly recommend this.
Gethin ap Dafydd - - #21326
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.
Simon Holden - - #14359
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!
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!!
Lyn thomas - - #14357
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!
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.
John Cocker - - #10712
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....
Karl Watkins - - #9331
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
Andy Gill - - #8455
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!
Julie - - #8192
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.
Suki - - #5200
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.
Judith - - #3900
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