In-person course
in Stanwick, Wellingborough Maker & location details

Wood Carving Workshop - One Day



The traditional craft of Wood Carving dates back thousands of years, from when we first learned to make sharp tools. This one-day course is suitable for those starting out, and also for carvers who would like to develop their skills further. For beginners, the day starts with the introduction of the tools and the techniques and materials used for making a wood carving by hand. This will be followed by a small carving project to become familiar with the basic skills and then, after lunch, you will move on to a new project that involves creating a larger relief carving. The day is run in a very flexible format and allows for more experienced carvers to develop their skills under the guidance of Pete. The course is limited to just five participants. Teenagers from 16+ are welcome to take part in this course but must be supervised by an adult. If you have any mobility issues please contact the team to discuss further. The course tutor for the day is Peter Schwartz, a carver who has been teaching and working in the local area for over 30 years. As well as running courses, Pete also makes many bespoke items, such as village signs, one off carvings, and garden furniture. The course will take place in our Traditional Barn at Stanwick Lakes, a beautiful 750-acre nature reserve and visitor attraction in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Car parking is also free of charge on the day/s of your course. Basic tea/coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge during the course. Food and drinks can be purchased in the café in the Visitor Centre, or you can bring your own packed lunch. Please note if you are purchasing food from our Cafe, a pre-order form will be available on the morning of the course (a selection of paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc are available) so we can have your food freshly prepared for you.


6½ hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


At Stanwick Lakes, we offer a range of Arts & Crafts and Heritage Courses, from watercolour painting classes to blacksmithing and wood-carving workshops. Alongside offering craft courses, Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Intermediate level
  • Christmas
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Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

We have extensive play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore at leisure. We also have specially considered areas dedicated to nature and its wildlife, as well as the history of the site.

Parking is free for workshop attendees - please give your registration plate details to our reception staff in the Visitor Centre on the day.

Alternatively, you can become a member for just £42.00 per year, giving you free access to all our facilities for a whole year, while supporting Rockingham Forest Trust.


Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY