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Spoon Carving for the novice

Duration: One day 9.30am - 4.00pm

Price: £65

Book with: Thomas Bickerdike
at Thomas Bickerdike Crafts

Horsenden Farm
Horsenden Lane North
Perivale, London

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About the Course

Come along to this day long spoon carving workshop at the lovely Horsenden Farm, Perivale and from the traditional woodland workshop learn how to carve your very own spoon to take home and leave with the knowledge to carve many more.

Thomas a 35+ year experienced joiner, cabinetmaker and now green woodworker will guide you through all the stages in a calm manner working to your pace so you will leave with the best experience and spoon possible.

After the workshop you will be invited and welcomed to attend a monthly spoon carving club Thomas runs from the farm so you can continue to develop your new found hobby in a relaxed easy going manor with like minded people. These events are intended to be relaxed fun where people can sit carve a spoon, drink tea and chat.

The Horsenden farm has great facilities and good public transport links, with a 15 min walk from Perivale station on the Central Line, a 5 min walk from perivale library off the 297 bus and along with ample parking on site makes the farm very accessible.

If the weather is too bad for outdoor work then there is great indoor working space in the farms hayloft. With hay bail furniture, microwave, baked potato oven, tea and coffee facilities makes this a great venue all of its own.

The day will start with introductions tea, coffee.

The day will consist of

1 - Talk on the tools, the axe, knives and hook knives.
2 - Sharpening and tool edge maintenance
3 - Timber selection and splitting
4 - Safe working practices and knife grips
5 - Finishing cuts and oil finishing
6 - Not forgetting plenty of time to carve a spoon with loads of help and advice in a nice friendly atmosphere as you carve.

Age group for this workshop 18+

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What's included in the price?

All materials and tools will be provided.

Drinks tea, coffee and snacks biscuits, fruit will be on hand at all times.

No lunch provided and no shops close by so please bring along a light lunch or sandwich

Want to review this course?

What a fabulous day in a thoroughly unique and perfect setting to learn about wood carving.
Starting with the log and then using an Axe to create the outline spoon shape of your choosing was great and makes it your own design and shape. then using the smaller carving knifes is such a great creative process. Thomas is a great teacher and seeing the spoon appear from the log is great fun. The baked potatoes on the open fire for lunch was a great treat as well.....and very tasty!
100% recommended!

- - #20205

A thoroughly enjoyable workshop in a charming location. I am really pleased with my spoon and butter knife and have the confidence to make more on my own. Thanks to Thomas for excellent one to one tuition also for the supply of coffee & snacks and even baked potatoes!

- - #19786

Thomas welcomed us 4 complete newbies to the craft warmly, guided us through each stage of spoonmaking and gave clear instruction throughout the day. A highly recommended workshop and an excellent introduction to what will likely become am absorbing pastime
Thank you Thomas

- - #19701

I loved the day so much that I want to get it as a gift for a couple of my friends. Everything about it was great: being creative, the instruction, being in the beautiful place, the snacks and lunch, everything. Thank you. 🙂

- - #18766

We had such a fantastic day with Thomas learning how to carve our spoons in such a beautiful setting. He was very patient and informative, offering assistance when needed and I felt very proud of my finished spoon. I feel I have come away with lots of knowledge about the tools and techniques to use and can’t wait to have a go st making my next spoon.
Highly recommended.

- - #18732

Dear Thomas,

Your spoon carving day was brilliant from beginning to end. Thank you so much.

The open air workshop, set in the woodland glade was perfect for finding our spoons in blocks of chopped wood.

Your teaching and demonstrations were clear and the group was sufficiently small for you to be able to give us personal assistance when needed.

Your tools were beautiful- sharp and appropriate for the job and I’m now the proud owner of a beautiful spoon.

The freely available snacks, baked potatoes and genial company of the other group members added to the total enjoyment of the day.

It was the perfect birthday present for my daughter.

Five star review!


- - #17778

This was a perfect way to spend the day. Thomas had prepared so thoughtfully for us - super sharp tools to work with, delicious things to nibble throughout the day, baked potato lunch ready to go just when we needed it. The peace and beauty of the woodland setting made it much easier to concentrate on what we were doing. Thomas's clear and gentle guidance punctuated the day, and before I knew it a slice of wood had become my spoon! A really good learning experience.

- - #17776

Thomas is a very patient and skilled teacher who made the day both interesting and worthwhile. The setting of Hosenden Hill was good and I enjoyed the baked potatoes from the fire for lunch.

- - #17768

Horsenden Farm is great setting for learning a country craft. Thomas was a great host and teacher offering refreshments and expert guidance. The day flew by as we concentrated on achieving a decent usable spoon and a butter knife to boot. A very enjoyable day learning a new skill.

- - #17758

Thomas was great tutor. I really enjoyed and totally recommend.
It was nice relaxing environments and great experience.

- - #17490

This course was so fun! Thomas was really knowledgable and we learnt so much in just a day. Very relaxing and enjoyable day. Highly recommend.

- - #17407

What a fantastic day I had yesterday (Sun 14th) at Thomas’s Spoon Carving workshop . Thomas shared his vast knowledge and came around to us all individually giving us tuition. Tea, coffee, and snacks provided . We all made great spoons . Excellent day , Highly recommend

- - #17406

Absolutely amazing! The most therapeutic thing to do on a Sunday - great teaching skills too.

- - #17404

I've just had a wonderful day with some super people in the woodland at Horsenden Farm. Thomas was an excellent tutor and supervisor helping everyone whenever needed with creating their spoons, making plentiful cups of tea and keeping a fire going. The setting is lovely and it is all supporting a good cause of a farm which is run by charities, volunteers and craft groups. We all came out with fantastic spoons and even bonus butter knives, but as well as that a lovely, relaxed and therapeutic day in the outdoors. I would highly recommend this course and can't wait to carve my next spoon!

- - #17229

I really enjoyed this course and met some lovely people too.
Thomas was very welcoming and made us all a drink and offered us a snack.
I learned a lot and everyone on the course got some one to one time with Thomas.
The day passed really quickly.
Overall a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend this course.

- - #15891

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  • Suitable for beginners
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