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Spoon carving with Steve Tomlin in the Yorkshire Dales

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Spoon Carving with Steve Tomlin

This two-day workshop is perfect for beginners for those wanting more time to embed the main skills involved in greenwood spoon carving.
We'll start with the basic techniques of greenwood axe work to roughly shape a kitchen stirring utensil followed by knife work. Different knife cuts are taught with emphasis on working safely and efficiently, and how to work with the grain of the wood to get a smooth finish You'll take home a range of finished items including a stirring spoon, a butter spreader and a cranked eating spoon.
By the end of the course you'll have a good understanding of working with the tools and timber so you can carve more easily and efficiently with the confidence to continue at home.

We will be working at small chopping blocks with axes, and then with special carving knives.

All the tools & materials are provided – green wood, chopping blocks, axes and knives. If you already have your own tools, then please bring them along if you prefer to use them. Please wear layers of old warm clothing as we may be working outside if dry and warm enough.

Max 8 places

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The price includes all materials and tools and a good lunch & all refreshments, including home baking.

We can provide lifts to and from Ribblehead Station, just 8 mins drive away.

We also offer accommodation in our good quality bunk barn at discounted rates with DIY breakfast supplies provided, subject to availability. The building was a former agricultural building and original features have been retained.


Rachel Benson at Broadrake Barn
Ingleton, via Carnforth
North Yorkshire
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel

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2 days (9:45am to 4:30pm)

Next available date

5th May 2021

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In-person course
- - #25036

This is an excellent course which builds on the beginner's course which I have done previously. Steve is a many skilled person who is also good at teaching. He models a process then monitors your efforts and offers advice in a friendly, constructive manner. It was a lovely relaxing day in good company from my fellow course members. The venue is tremendous, the location dramatic and wonderfully isolated. Rachel and Mike from Broadrake run a very high quality bunk barn in Chapel-le-Dale, it's difficult to concentrate on the carving as the views are so beautiful, regardless of the weather. Luckily there was time for both. On both courses Mike cooked an excellent lunch which were both very tasty. There is home baking and unlimited tea and coffee and always a friendly chat from Rachel. A perfect day. Thank you.

In-person course
- - #17191

A very relaxed and informative intoduction to spoon carving in a great venue. Looking forward to more of the same!

In-person course
- - #17188

Just finished the two-day October 2018 course with Steve. On the train home as I write and already I want to come back. Steve was so willing to share his spoon carving skills (and he's pretty good at it) it made learning a pleasure. Rachel and Mike have a beautiful place and are the most welcoming hosts. The weather was cold and rainy and we were warm and well-fed and completely absorbed in our spoons. When the cloud lifted the views were stunning.... It was a wonderful way to spend two days. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning a woodcraft.

In-person course
- - #14850

An ideal beginner's course for someone interested in spoon carving. Steve is a very good teacher, very patient and will illustrate each step. Broadrake is an excellent location, Rachel and Mike have done a wonderful job with the bunkbarn which is stunning. Ribbleshead viaduct can be seen from the property with Whernside just behind the property. Mike and Rachel are very good cooks/bakers and you will be treated to their veggie lunch and sweet treats.

In-person course
- - #14843

A very informative course with step by step tuition. Steve demonstrated each step and then allowed us to have a try, offering help and advice all along. He was able to answer any questions put to him and kept reminding us of good technique. We all came away with a spoon original to our own design.
Broadrake as a venue is in a very scenic part of the Yorkshire Dales with the Ribblehead viaduct in the near distance and Whernside just behind. Ideal for a walk if you happen to stay a night or two.
There was an excellent lunch and wonderful home baking. All in all a great day.
Highly recommended.

In-person course
- - #14655

This is a brilliant course! Steve is an amazing instructor and was able to answer any questions that were thrown at him. Everyone had a great time, the venue was lovely, Lunch was awesome, and the course was one we'll remember forever. The spoons came out great thanks to Steve’s guidance and I'd recommend the course to anyone interested in learning a fun new skill.

In-person course
- - #14643

A really informative introduction to the skills needed to make a wooden spoon from a tree trunk. Steve is a very patient and friendly tutor demonstrating each step and helping when needed but at the same time allowing us to be creative and end up with a spoon that was unique to each.
Broadrake is a fantastic venue and Rachel and Mike friendly and welcoming. Excellent home baking and substantial lunch contributed to an excellent and relaxing day (not good for the waistline!)
Thank you

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