Spooncarving Workshop

Spoonfest was a really exciting and inspiring weekend so I’ve been carving a few more spoons since coming home and trying out new ideas. One of the most interesting talks was by Terence McSweeney, a professional osteopath who gave a talk on body posture and good tools use. This is something I’ve been interested in for a while and I incorporate warm-up exercises and stretches when I’m carving or teaching courses. Terence demonstrated a very dynamic looking stance for axing which has a rock-n-roll look to it but allows you to keep your back upright while working at the block so I’ve been practising that and feeling the benefits.

Spoon axe work

Christiane was working on a spoon in very spalted birch based on one made by Jarrod Stone Dahl which she bought at Spoonfest while I was developing my eating spoon designs including adding some colour to the handle.
spoon carving hand carved birch eating spoons

If you’re interested in learning to carve or build on your existing skills, I’m running a two-day Spooncarving Workshop 6 & 7 October at Kendal in the Lake District. During the weekend you’ll learn to select timber for carving, axe work plus a range of  safe and efficient knive techniques to produce your own kitchen utensils from local native woods. The cost of the weekend is £125 which includes tea & coffee,  all materials and use of my tools.

More info on my coursese page, to book a place, please send an email to steve-tomlin[at]hotmail.co.uk

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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