Spoon carving taster session



There is something very satisfying about carving a spoon. Using fresh green wood and some basic tools you can very soon immerse yourself in this traditional craft.

My taster session is a great introduction to this craft. During the 3 hrs we’ll work from a freshly split log to a functional spoon. I’ll guide you through the safe use of the tools needed. Initially working with an axe to rough out a blank we then use a straight knife to refine the shape and the hook knife to form the bowl.

We’ll also cover wood choice, sharpening and oils and finishes. I’m also happy to talk about decorating techniques and guide you through some of the resources and tools available.

Carving in my garden workshop I aim to provide a relaxed environment for you to learn. With spaces limited to 2 people I enjoy teaching one to one or in a small informal group.

I run sessions most weeks from Wednesday through to Fridays (occasional Saturdays are available) starting at 1pm. Whilst the session is primarily aimed at adult beginners I can also teach those with some basic knowledge who are looking to advance their techniques in more detail. I also have experience of teaching young adults. Please let me know of your requirements when booking.

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?

All tools and materials are provided.


Dave Atkin at Woodwyrm

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46 Galtres Road
North Yorkshire
YO31 1JR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Val - - #38855

What a lovely way to spend 3 hours. Dave was welcoming, his instructions were spot on and he was helpful and patient. Couldn’t believe I actually made a spoon. Don’t just think about it, go give it a go, it really is a great experience

Rena - - #37118

I really enjoyed this course- Dave explained the techniques really well and it was very helpful to have his feedback when I was using the tools. Very relaxed atmosphere and lovely little workshop.

Andrew Musgrave - - #36711

Experienced woodworker and teacher. Friendly, individually tailored approach and plenty of tea! Really enjoyed my afternoon. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to get started.

Katherine - - #35680

A lovely afternoon spent with woodwyrm Dave learning spoon carving basics. Dave is knowledgeable and insightful giving quiet, engaging guidance. The duration was spot on as I had time to make a spoon but if whizzed by enough to take me by surprise that the session was over! I'll be booking in for another session soon. Can't wait

Paula - - #35544

Excellent afternoon course where we got to carve our own spoons. Dave was a fantastic teacher, patient and supportive, and clearly passionate about the craft. It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. I would thoroughly recommend.

Marie and Tom - - #35205

We had such a fun time! Dave is very passionate and such a good teacher.
We need more people like Dace in this world.
Thanks for everything. :)

Response from Woodwyrm:

Hi Marie,

Many thanks for your review. It was great to meet you both and a pleasure to teach you.
Happy carving!

Peter Rafton - - #34555

I attended the "Spoon Carving" course run by Dave Atkin at his home address.
I had never tried to carve a spoon before and Dave lead me through what I need to know and what I needed to do as it can be complicated but he made it easy to follow and do.
I had an excellent afternoon and would recommend it to anyone to have a go it was very enjoyable.

Weronika - - #34323

This was such an amazing experience, Mike was incredibly patient and helpful, and Jack was just adorable.

Ruth - - #32648

My son and I loved the workshop. In three hours, we were each able to produce a spoon using first an axe and then whittling knives, which was an incredibly satisfying experience! Dave was lovely, explaining everything really clearly so the whole experience felt really safe and fun. Everything was also really well organised. All of the equipment was laid out and ready to go. We will definitely be back!

Liz Charlton - - #28130

We spent a great afternoon spoon carving with Dave. He is a patient and knowledgeable tutor. Our session was great fun and we were both amazed that, with his guidance, we managed to carve a spoon from a rough piece of wood.
Dave is friendly and the whole experience left us wanting to carve more spoons.
We wholeheartedly recommend this experience. Thank you Dave

Hanna - - #27652

Me and my partner had a wonderful afternoon with Dave in his workshop. Dave is super approachable, down to earth and keeps the perfect balance between guidance and leaving you to explore the new craft yourself. We definitely caught the carving bug from a very good tutor! Thanks Dave and hope to see you again. Hanna and Paul.

Tristan - - #25577

A really enjoyable afternoon! Dave was an excellent and intuitive teacher and took time to walk us through each step of the spoon making process whilst still being hands off, so it was nice to come away with a spoon I felt was really mine. All in all a very well thought out course that would be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone with an interest in learning a new skill.

D.J. Salmon - - #24305

An instructive and interesting course. Dave was a patient teacher, and I ended up with something recognisable as a spoon.

Anne - - #24025

An interesting afternoon, totally absorbing. Dave was a good and patient teacher and we all had a spoon to take home!

Victoria Dias - - #23457

Interesting & enjoyable afternoon learning new skills. Well worth doing, fully recommended.

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