Whittling Woodcarving 4 Week Course at Hanwell Wine Estate



Enjoy the uniquely satisfying experience of whittling, all in the beautiful surroundings of Hanwell Wine Estate. Martin your tutor will share with you his years of carving experience and knowledge of tools and materials to use. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will learn techniques, tips and gain valuable experience whittling 7 unique pieces.

It is advised you attend all 4 sessions to gain the full knowledge.
Summary of weekly sessions:

Week 1
Introduction to course content, tools, and equipment
Cutting techniques and knife grips
Health and Safety
Wood Choice and preparation
Your carving projects: Carve a butter spreader and a coffee bag peg

Week 2
Sharpening your edged tools
Carving projects: a simple owl and a Fox bookmark

Week 3
Carving project: a wood spirits and basic faces

Week 4
Aftercare of your carvings
Carving project: a stirring spoon
Please note each session starts at 6pm and finishes at approximately 9pm.

Course dates include Thursday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th September
By the end of this 4-week course you will have mastered the skills sufficiently to be able to practice on your own.

This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of working with wood. All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments.

About your tutor Martin Rollins
An expert in teaching bush craft skills, he was formerly Head of Outdoor Education for Lincolnshire’s Teaching and Learning Centres. He now owns and manages his own outdoor-focused business.

This workshop is a relaxing opportunity to get away from it all and do something different in the beautiful countryside.

“Making something like this, something simple yet challenging, practical yet pleasing, feels good for the soul”

To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 10.
Please note: a minimum number of 4 bookings is required in order for the session to go ahead, if the minimum number is not reached then the course will be rescheduled to a later date.
Suitable for children aged 17 years and over, must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments.


Amanda at Rural Antics, Hanwell Wine Estate


Hanwell Wine Estate
Melton Road
Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray
LE14 3QG

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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


4 evenings (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

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Richard Fuggle - - #34135

Really enjoyed the evening with Martin, very informative person with a good sense of humour.
My owl may need a bit to be desired, as he has a crooked beak; just means we have to help him get on with life.
Good venue
Worth going to,

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