Based in a sleepy village in the Norfolk-Suffolk border, Nick, Sophie and Debbie have been running their popular one day beginner’s spoon carving courses since 2018. Using ancient hand tools and techniques, with absolutely no prior experience needed, participants at our workshops come away with a spoon and a real sense of achievement! In addition to acquiring new skills, participants will learn about which woods to carve with, tool safety and some of the ancient lore around Greenwoodworking.Detailed description:
Based in rural Norfolk at our outdoor, covered workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn everything they need to know about spoon carving. Using a unique approach, we teach participants how to carve a spoon using an axe and knife. The course also gives participants an insight into design and aesthetics that will allow them to carve any type of spoon they can think of!
The day includes:
An introduction to the greenwood [tree and types of wood for carving]
How to use axes and cutting tools safely
Sharpening axes and knives
Axe and knife techniques
Technical overview of the carving process
Aftercare of your spoon, which you take away with you!
Father and daughter team, Nick and Sophie started spoon carving to help improve their wellbeing and mental health, however, it’s become more than a pass time, it’s become and obsession! We carve spoons outdoors under our rainout shelter where we can hear the birds singing while we enjoy the sunshine in our wooded back yard. Our ethos is centred on sustainability and the use of wind-fall wood collected from our local forests. Each spoon is a meditation on the use of hand tools to create simple wooden utensils that have a unique personality all their own, just like the marker!
Our workshops are run outside under a rain-out shelter in the large, private back yard of a characterful old Victorian schoolhouse. Bordered by mature trees, the setting has the appearance of woodland glade. The surrounds are maintained with nature in mind and there are wild flowers, hosts of birds and plenty of bees and butterflies to enjoy while you are carving your spoon.
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1. Can I bring my dog or other pets? Guide or help dogs are welcome, however, please leave other pets at home, sorry.
2. Can I bring non-participating children under 14? Nursing mothers and parents with babies are welcome, however, we are unable to provide crèche facilities for toddlers and children under 5. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult over 18.
3. Are there hazards I should be aware of? Our workshop is in a sleepy village in rural Norfolk, however, there can be fast moving farm vehicles in our lane, we also have an ornamental pond in our garden.
4. Is there parking available? There is space for 3 cars in our car park, other vehicles will need to be parked in the village lane.
5. Will tools be available at the workshop? Axes, knives (straight and curved), a draw knife and a froe will be available for all participants. However, if you have your own carving knife and axe, or can purchase them before the workshop, please bring them along.
6. If you have any questions regarding the purchase of tools, please contact us.