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Carving Spoons & Spatulas

This two day workshop covers carving techniques and safe tool use, aiming to send you home with your own hand carved wooden spoon, spatula, butter spreader and mallet.

Why carve a spoon? Aside from the obvious need for a tool to transport food from pot or plate to mouth, carving a spoon teaches us about wood types and the different qualities they have.

It teaches us how to harvest, split and season wood and a whole host of the most universally important carving grips and techniques that will enable you to successfully carve round timber using just hand tools.  These carving skills are essential to anyone who uses sharp tools in the great outdoors and especially if you have an interest in slimming down on heavy carried kit by improvising certain items of equipment from green and seasoned wood found on site. 

The principles of carving wood safely and efficiently are transferable and scalable meaning that if you can carve an eating spoon or spatula, you also know how to carve a replacement padde!  Additionally, working with hand tools and wood teaches us to plan and think several steps ahead and break down a job into component parts in order to achieve an end goal, as well as developing a keen eye for detail.

Each working day will begin at 9am sharp and we’ll down tools at 5pm daily (although please be prepared to work on a little bit later if needed).

All tools, materials and hot drinks are provided however, as all craft workshops are self-catered, please bring your own food for the duration. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. You would be welcome to bring a small camping stove to speed up mealtimes, however small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon & Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

This workshop can also be booked as a private training course so if the advertised date doesn’t suit you, get in touch to choose your own. Many other crafts, wilderness living and survival skills taught here can also be covered during a private course.

In 2020 this is a standalone workshop but is also part of the Bush Crafts 5 Day Workshop bringing together three of the most important woodland crafts - bark work, carving and basketry.  Each subject is available to attend as an individual workshop or as a continuous five day craft course starting at 9am Wednesday August 19th and finishing around 5pm Sunday 23rd August.

If you've already carved your own spoon, take a look at the Carving a Noggin Cup Workshop, a further weekend of carving in October focusing on carving a Scandinavian style Kuksa from green wood. Make the whole set!


Carving Spoons & Spatulas

Carving Spoons & Spatulas

2 Days

19-Apr-2021 to 21-Apr-2021

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00


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