Wood Carving Course - one day course



Wood carving course in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!

*** 19th June is now full ***

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!

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. 

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 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)


Jo Bird at Trading Places: Traditional Craft Courses
Rockingham Forest Trust
Stanwick Lakes
Stanwick, Wellingborough

Suitable for

  • Suitable for beginners
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Sheila Chambers - - #9276

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

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David Edwards - - #9219

I had a very enjoyable day and was quite pleased with what I was able to achieve.

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Kate - - #8083

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Emma Catlin - - #5343

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!

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