Courses

Greenwood Carving Courses 2014

Learn to carve in small groups on fun, short courses. Courses make great presents, the memories and skills last long after the day itself.

Spoon carvingFan Bird carving  24 May – £80
Spoon carving  5 & 6 July – £145
Rake making -  please enquire
Individual tuition  throughout the year
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To book a place please send me an email: steve-tomlin[at]hotmail.co.uk

Please note: you must be over 18 to attend these courses.

I have been working with green wood for over 10 years and teaching people to carve spoons and other crafts since 2007. Courses are held near Kendal in the Lake District unless otherwise indicated. There is accomodation in the area to suit all budgets and, of course, plenty to do for a partner coming along or to make a weekend of it.

All my courses include all material costs and use of my tools. Small numbers allow plenty of individual attention.

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Fan Bird Carving  24 May 2014 – £80

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Learn to carve these amazing and beautiful birds from a single piece of wood. We will look at selecting wood and preparing it for carving before you learn to carve your own bird using simple tools and my own specially developed techniques. Fan birds make wonderful presents and are traditionally seen as symbols of good health and happiness.
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Spoon carving  5&6 July 2014 -  £145

Based over a weekend you will learn to carve your own spoons and other utensils from locally-sourced green wood.

Working together, we will build up skills over the two days making a variety of projects on the way. I have been carving spoons since 2003 and am recognised as on of the UK’s leading experts. My course focuses on you learning safe and effective carving methods using axe and knives so you can continue the craft on your own.

Spoon carving is an engaging pastime, accessible to all. Requiring few tools and easily available materials, carving a spoon is a wonderful way to pass the evening and make personal gifts for friends and family.

Read about my spoon carving course in Wales
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Rake Making

hay rake making

A wooden hay or garden rake is an iconic tool. On this workshop you will learn to split and shape the components for lightness and strength using an axe, drawknife and some specialised rake-making tools. This course will introduce the techniques of making tight joints in greenwood without the use of glues. You will have the option to make either a split-stail or single bow style rake, based on traditional designs, to take home.

Follow the link to read about a previous rake making workshopbreak

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One to One Workshops

If you’ve a particular interest, want to look at something in more detail or simply want the opportunity to get more individual attention then you can book your own day in the workshop with me. These are always special days with more chance to discuss ideas, be creative and develop your skills.  If you’ve a greenwood project in mind, contact me and we’ll make it together.

One-to-one sessions are catered to your own goals but could include:

  • Spoon carving and design
  • Hay rake making
  • Learn to carve fan birds
  • Make and use a shavehorse
  • Steam bending wood
  • Axe and knife techniques for various projects

A day with me in the workshop costs £150 or share with a friend for £220. Materials are usually included but there may be an additional charge for larger projects.
Follow the links to read about Sam’s one-to-one bowl carving workshop and Denise’s spoon carving day.

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