Spoon Carving course

This workshop is a 4-hour introduction to the universal and ancient art of carving a utensil – a spoon.  John will take you through the basic tools and equipment, the safety issues relating to handling edged tools and then guide you through the process as you carve your own masterpiece.

Each participant will have the use of two specialist carving knives, a lap-board for assisting with the carving process and will have examples of finished spoons to refer to as they progress.  There will be a range of basic ‘blanks’ for the participants to choose their desired spoon shape/style.

As part of the process John will also talk about a few associated topics including the nature and characteristics of wood for carving, appropriate timbers to use, spoon design, historic and cultural variations and ideas, and how to care for your finished product.

The workshop is essentially practical in nature and, after the initial introduction and safety discussion, most of the talking and guidance will take place while participants work.

Due to the nature of the workshop and the health and safety issues of handling sharp edged tools the age of participants is limited to those who are 16 and over.  No previous carving experience is required but a reasonable level of manual dexterity is!

OutlineYou start with a spoon ‘blank’
You leave with your creation.
The session includes safety instruction, initial tool usage guidance and continued support and direction as you progress.
Inclusions4 hours personalised tuition
Use of all tools required
Refreshments: Tea, Coffee, a range of milk options, fruit, biscuits and sweet treats
You will needComfortable clothes.
A participatory attitude
Duration4 hours
Course numbersMaximum of 6, Minimum of 4 participants
WarningThe course involves the use of sharp edged tools