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Turn a wooden bowl on a traditional pole lathe

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

We loved this session! We were totally new to spoon carving, and Steve taught us four safe and very effective techniques. It boosted our confidence and showed us a good and safe practice. We now understand how to 'see' the wood, judge the grain and use an appropriate technique to carve with that. We went and bought ourselves a starter kit to continue doing this at home - looking forward to what it will bring!

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Very welcoming, friendly and patient tutor.
Steve was very encouraging and positive throughout.Good to feel so in touch with the wood. Totally absorbing.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

A great introduction to spoon carving from our excellent tutor, Steve Ridd. In just two hours our small group was shown tools, examples and cutting techniques, told about different wood and processes and given demonstrations at each stage which enabled us to craft our first item. A respectable first attempt has given rise to an enthusiastic new spoon maker.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Really enjoyed the course, having previously watched YouTube videos it was really great to be able to ask the tutor questions and to get practical tips.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

The course was very informative but relaxed and informal, was well worth the money and has made me keen to find out more about wood carving

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Lovely, friendly tutor. Very informative & helpful, didn't make you feel as though you were wasting his time. I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson & will finish the spoon when my new knife comes.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Well thought out and extremely informative clear direction and monitoring.
For someone who had never done this before, I found that the use of just 4 cuts was sufficient for me to take in for this taster session, and though a couple of them took some effort to get right, I eventually managed without losing too many fingers!

All in all, the course was really good, better than I hoped for and has encouraged me to explore some other options as a potential hobby when I retire.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Good tutor, clear instructions, interesting and great with the sticking plasters. Yes this was a challenging course, even more so for those of us who had never handled a wood carving knife before, but we all finished with good looking wooden spoons ready to finish and oil at home. I was surprised at how much we did achieve in the two hours. I hope to repeat the course again to build on what I achieved this time.

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Beginners spoon carving course

The whole day was extremely well thought out and structured from start to finish.
Steve who lead the course was very friendly and thorough regarding explanation and method of working with both tools and materials.
The course was set in a fantastic modern centre that was easy to find using the instructions that were sent out prior to the start.

All in all a great day, and can’t wait for the next one

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

This was a super course and very different to the usual craft courses on offer. A great introduction to this skill. The tutor was very engaging, well organised and encouraging. There was a good mix of group teaching and individual attention. The time went really quickly and everyone was happy with the spoons they took away with them.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

Our tutor was welcoming. He gave clear explanations throughout the length of the course. The demonstrations were also clear. He has a nice sense of humour. I much appreciated the continuous individual attention and constructive help and encouragement.
I would have liked the course to have been a bit longer to enable me to achieve a better finish to my spoon, though others seemed to be happy with theirs in the time allotted.

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Beginners spoon carving taster session

I absolutely loved this course! It’s my first time working with wood and it was amazing. The teaching was fab. Steve was very patient and informative. I learned a lot from how to use the tools to the type of wood to use. I could’ve sat there all day.

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Beginners spoon carving course

Great course, with clear and positive guidance from Steve the tutor.

I would highly recommend the course for any would-be whittlers, though don’t expect perfection on day one, and watch your thumbs.

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Turn a wooden bowl on a traditional pole lathe

I had a really fantastic day learning how to turn a wooden bowl. Steve is a great teacher and the course provides just the right amount of challenge while not being too overwhelming for a beginner. Highly recommended!

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Beginners spoon carving course

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Beginners spoon carving course

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Response from Northern Wood Monkey:

Hi Bill,
I was sorry to hear of your news too, which much have made the journey home more difficult.
I am glad you found the course interesting though, and wish you well in the future

Beginners spoon carving course

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Make you own fan bird

Did a course with Steve making a wooden fan bird.
Had a good time learning knew techniques. Tutor was great. Amazing to see the end product from a piece of wood.
I'd definitely recommend it!
Looking forward to the next course with Steve....Spoon making!

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Make you own fan bird

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