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


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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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!

In-person course
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.

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Weronika - - #34323

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

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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!

In-person course
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

In-person course
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.

In-person course
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.

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D.J. Salmon - - #24305

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

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Anne - - #24025

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

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Victoria Dias - - #23457

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

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