Author Archives: Steve Tomlin

About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe teacher. I carve spoons and bowls, make chairs and more from locally sourced greenwood. Alongside that I teach folk how to mow with a scythe.

A use for young beech leaves

beech leaves
There’s more to trees than just wood – the bark, sap, fruit, seeds and roots are all useful. Yesterday I was out collecting leaves for a project I’ve been wanting to do for a few years. Continue reading

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Swill basket making course

Swill basket makingIn today’s internet world it’s a treat to find a craft that’s particular to one region and still being carried out in the same way as it has been for hundreds of years. Last week I had the chance to learn some of the skills of a traditional Cumbrian craft for myself. Continue reading

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How’s Your Peening?

<img class="alignright" src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/7670707366_e589e367dc_m.jpg&quot; alt="scythe peening workshop" / Well, Peening Day is done for another year; I hope you got your blades nicely cleaned and sharpened ready for the mowing season. If you're struggling, try asking yourself these questions Continue reading

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Peening Day 2014

Peening Day 2013 International Peening Day this year falls on 6 April, the day to clean off and sharpen your scythe ready for the season. Continue reading

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Teaching a new professional spoon carver

Another 1-to-1 spoon carving day, this time with Dan Lawrence who I’ve watched developing his skills over the last few years and is now aiming to make his living from greenwood carving. He came on my short course at Spoonfest … Continue reading

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Spoon carving on honeymoon

At the end of last year I received this lovely request by email: “I am really hoping that you can help me. We are coming to the Lake District in February on our honeymoon. My partner is really keen to … Continue reading

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Hand exercises for spoon carvers

Spoon carving places a lot of stress on your hands. Below are some of the exercises that I use on a regular basis to stretch and strengthen my hands and avoid injury, they’re great for whatever craft you do, not … Continue reading

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Spoon carving video

I want to share this excellent video of my friend Jarrod Stone Dahl from Wisconsin carving a spoon from green wood. It’s really nicely shot and takes you through the whole process. The video has had a lot of interest in … Continue reading

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Steam bending for basketmakers

From time to time I get together with my mate Phil Bradley, who is a terrific basketmaker, for a day trying something out. Sometimes he is showing me, sometimes I show him and sometimes neither of us know what we’re … Continue reading

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Spoonfest 2013

Way back in August last year the sleepy town of Edale was once more host to 150 spoon carving folk from around the world. A new addition was the Spoon Carving Chair which was occupied by various makers and gave … Continue reading

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