About the Course
This regular class in spoon carving, introduces the art of carving with an axe, a knife and a crook knife. By carving a spoon, which is by nature a functional object and one we are all familiar with, we are free from the pressure of knowing what to carve and instead we can become familiar with the tools of this craft.
As you gain confidence with the tools, you begin to build a relationship with small scale carving and understand the subtle and addictive qualities of this new hobby.
We will use green wood, freshly cut with a high moisture content. This is a beautiful and easy way to carve wood.
You are supported through the whole process and encouraged to explore carving in your own way and at your own pace. This is an exercise in slowing down and settling your attention.
All tools and materials are supplied and at the end of the session you will have your first carving started.
Creative nature HQ is located within Thames-Side Studios, a 7-acre site of studios and workshops occupied by makers, artists, craftspeople and designers. We are right next to the river Thames, have three cafes in walking distance and plenty of free parking.
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What's included in the price?
All the tools and materials you need are included in the price.
Tea and biscuits are a big part of the slow crafting movement and here the kettle is always on and the biscuit box is full.
I can't praise this course enough! Stephen is very knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and the course is very well run. We did a Saturday morning spoon making course which was great fun and a nice relaxing way to spend a weekend morning. The wood shop had everything that we could need and a welcoming atmosphere. By the end of the two hours everyone was enjoying themselves so much no one wanted to stop. So I'd say you definitely need more time to finish the spoon. However, you can always go back to the wood shop for a very reasonable rate if you wanted to finish it off. I'd definitely do it again. If your'e interested in this kind of thing and even a complete novice (like me) book it now, you won't regret it.
Aled Tackney - - #18350
Amazing workshop, genuinely one of the most enjoyable things I've done in years! We did a 90-minute introduction to spoon-carving last weekend, and it's fair to say none of us wanted to stop at the end of the session. To take a piece of wood and, under expert tuition, turn it into a spoon, was a deeply satisfying experience. Stephen is an excellent tutor, never saying "You must do this" but gently guiding you towards an understanding of both tools and materials - he's also great company, with a constant supply of stories and advice. Suffice it to say we're all very interested in booking further courses with Stephen. Highly recommended!
Robert Kingsbury-Barker - - #18278
What a fantastic afternoon! So lovely to take a moment out of busy London life to get back to our roots and work with our hands! Stephen is a brilliant instructor and also wonderful company for an afternoon. And as for the carving, an hour and a half taster had us all thoroughly hooked, we could've stayed for hours! Thank you Stephen for an amazing experience, we will definitely be looking into visiting for more!
Spoon carving for beginners - - #18267
Highly recommend doing this course as an introduction to carving. I learned some great skills and actually produced something that resembled a spoon!! Would probably recommend two sessions to complete although I came home and instantly ordered a spoon carving knife to finish the job. Stephen is an excellent tutor and the whole session was really fun yet set in a really relaxing atmosphere that takes you out of the busy life you may lead outside..The workshop is fully stocked with good quality tools and incredible ongoing works. Book now.. You won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to do my next course.
Dan Howarth-Roffe - - #18163
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