About the Course
Wood carving course in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!
Have you ever wanted to learn the traditional craft of Wood Carving? This one day course is suitable for those just 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 course leader for the day is Peter Schwartz, a carver who has been teaching and working in the local area for over 30 years.
The day is run in a very flexible format and, as mentioned above, is suitable for beginners and also for more experienced carvers who would like to develop their skills under the guidance of Pete. As well as running courses Pete also makes many bespoke items – village signs, one off carvings, garden furniture ……. and ‘Welcome Signs’ like the one here at Stanwick Lakes! To see more of what Peter does, and to find out how to speak to him about the technical side of the courses, please click through to his link on our website.
Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All the courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn. Course places can be booked for one or more people depending on availability. However, if you are looking for a larger group booking (such as a work team building event, a group of friends or an alternative hen or stag 'do') we are very happy to discuss your requirements with you.
Please visit the Trading Places web site for availability and to book a place.
If your selected course is already fully booked please do contact us as we sometimes organise additional courses during the year to meet demand.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All the tools you need will be made available and the lime wood blanks are included in the course fee. If you already carve, and would like to work on your own piece, you are welcome to bring it along with you. Any tools you bring should be labelled as your own and, for safety reasons, will need to be approved by Pete for use.
Participants are simply asked to bring their own supply of enthusiasm and a packed lunch! (we provide tea and coffee during the courses)
This was a late Christmas present for my husband and I booked us both in for May. It was new to both of us and the small group of 6 was just right - lots of time for 1-2-1 assistance from Pete. I want to complete my 'green man' and will be looking for the tools to do the job. Very enjoyable, but the tools supplied were stored a bit 'hap-hazard' in the various boxes and individual chisels were hard to find. Would recommend
Sheila Chambers - - #9276
I had a very enjoyable day and was quite pleased with what I was able to achieve.
David Edwards - - #9219
My Dad and I had a fabulous day. We had never carved before and really weren't sure about what we'd be able to achieve in a day, but went along anyway for the experience. It turned out that we were both really pleased with and proud of what we made. Pete's love for his craft, for the techniques, the tools, the wood, for the projects and for the people he meets along the way were great. We were in a small group with heaps of individual attention, with plenty of tools on hand and given an introduction to the tools, the wood etc. We followed Pete step by step to make a small piece to get us started and then launched into our own relief carved project. We'd come armed with ideas - a running hare and a teddy bear - but there were a good range of patterns and ideas to look at and chose from. Pete took his time with each of us, carefully explaining to us the best way to approach our designs and helping us along the way. We loved his sense of humour and his little stories and anecdotes about life as a carver - what a lovely guy. Thanks Pete! (Ps husband not so happy with Pete - I spent over a 100 quid on carving tools and cut proof gloves etc as soon as I got home that night!)
Kate - - #8083
I had a fabulous day, it was so absorbing and informative. Much better than I expected it to be!
Also, to work in a small group was great - we could get information and specific help with our work and I felt I learned so much. The tutor was very knowledgeable, and it really ignited my enthusiasm, I could have merrily carved away for another few hours! I am a complete new comer to wood carving, but have been trying to source tools and equipment to be able to finish the project I started. I plan to continue if time and space allow. Excellent!!! Thanks Pete!
Emma Catlin - - #5343
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