Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (10-4.30)
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Tutor: James Linford
There is no end to the variety of spoon designs that can be created, from the most simple and rustic spoon to something extremely polished and ornate. You will start your spoon carving with a piece of freshly cut ‘green’ wood. Green wood is easier to cut than seasoned wood as the sap acts as a lubricant. After carving, the wood dries and hardens.
We will start the course by going into the woods and cutting down suitable material, probably lime, alder, birch or sycamore.
During the course you will learn the safe and effective use of knives, axes and crook knives as well as how to sharpen them. You will be able finish your spoon(s) at home with sandpaper, when it has dried and finally to oil it. By the end of the course you should have made at least one spoon that you can use at home and you will have learned many useful skills.
You will also be able to try a variety of tools and get advice on what to purchase if you want to continue carving at home. Some tools will be available for sale.
Warning – spoon carving can be addictive! This could be the beginning of a lifelong passion.
What to Bring:
Any bushknife or crook knife you have (we will have some for sale on the day), plus a small and very sharp axe for the initial work.
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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