Spoon Carving Course
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About the Event
Introduction to Spooncarving - ages 16+
Carving a wooden spoon from a simple piece of freshly cut tree branch is a deeply satisfying experience. Using just three tools, an axe, a knife and a hook knife, we will spend the day carving our own spoons. Green wood is very yielding and all of your senses are stimulated, from the smell of fresh wood shavings being carved away to the texture and feel of the bowl and handle as they emerge from the wood.
We’ll start by cleaving a length of branch wood in two, deciding which piece would make the best spoon blank and then with axe and chopping block hew the wood to define the bowl, stem and handle. We then move onto the use of the sloyd or craft knife to learn the basic knife holds and whittling cuts to further shape the spoon and use an elegantly curved hook knife to hollow the bowl. There will also be informal sessions on the use of different wood species, how to sharpen your tools and finishing your spoon. There will be a range of carved spoons, books and tools on hand to inspire.
All tools and materials will be provided and refreshments provided.
What to Bring
Lunch will be provided on this course. Please bring any green woodworking tools you may have. We may spend a short time outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Your tutor will be David Knight. David has been carving spoons for several decades alongside other green woodworking activities. He is fascinated in how creating a simple utensil such as a spoon can trigger fundamental questions of design, form and function and provide deep insights into the nature and properties of wood. He runs the website spooncarving.org.uk and is the organiser of the Oxfordshire Bodgers, the local branch of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers
Plan for the Day
- 9.30 am Arrival, refreshments and look at spoons and resources available for the day
- 10.00am. Introductions & tool safety
- 10.15am Preparing a spoon blank, using the axe and chopping block to hew
- your spoon
- 12.30am Introduction to knife work- simple knife holds
- 1.00pm Lunch and optional short tour of Willowbrook Farm
- 2.00pm Knife work on your spoon
- 3.00pm Demonstrating the hook knife for carving the bowl of your spoon
- 3.15pm onwards finishing off your spoon with talks on knife sharpening,
- treating and finishing your spoon
- 4.30pm to 5.00pm Winding up and departure
- Spoon Carving Course£65£650£0