Spoon Carving weekend at Longshaw Estate.


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April  8th /9th 2017    10.00am – 5.00pm at the beautiful Longshaw Estate in the peak District


Intro to Spoon Carving.

Spoon carving is a fantastic introduction into green woodwork and one that can provide a lifetimes enjoyment.  It is a fantastic skill to learn as it can be done anywhere, with few tools and very little space.  On this course we will learn to carve a selection of wooden utensils that you can use in your home using three tools, an axe, a carving knife and a spoon knife.

I will show you how to use all the tools safely and effectively, showing you how to split your log, safely carving with your axe and you will be shown a whole host of knife grips that will give you the skills to carry carving at home. We will start off by carving some quicker projects such as knives and chopsticks to practice your skills and then move onto spoons at the end of the first day.  We will talk about various spoon designs and what sort of shapes and sizes are the best for various types of spoons, such as eating spoons and cooking spoons.

I will also talk about decoration and colour on wood.  I use homemade milk paint and egg glaze as well as acrylics and oil paint/linseed oil on my crafts and I will go into detail about how to use these pigments on your own crafts.

I also use chip carving/burning and natural pigments such as coffee, charcoal and paprika, I will show you them all!

As well as carving I will show you how to sharpen and look after your tools and although all tools and wood are provided, you are welcome to bring your own if you have them.

Warning, spoon carving is addictive, once you start you will not be able to stop!!

This course will be held outside in the grounds of Longshaw estate, so dress appropriately for April weather.  Drinks will be provided but bring your own food for break times.