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 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.
COMMENTS FROM PAST STUDENTS
Brilliant day. Thank you so much. Fab food – fab tutor, fab company and venue.
A fantastic day. Thank you.
Amazing course in a beautiful setting.
Excellent course. Very rewarding. Pauline S.
Very enjoyable. It has given me the confidence to have a go myself at home.
I have learned loads of new skills with wood and tools that are a completely new area for me.
Superb course all round. Neville R.
Brilliant day! Rowland D.
Fab day, fab food. Thank you all, Mark P.
Great day – setting is beautiful. James is thoroughly lovely. Many thanks.
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.
Try Axminster Tools online for these items.