The real pleasure in teaching is seeing the look of pride and satisfaction on people’s face when they surprise themselves with their achievements. My favourite course for this is when students learn to carve fan birds. This weekend I was teaching fan bird carving at Greenwood Days near Derby with a lovely group of beginners. We went through the process of carving the block and then splitting and spreading the feathers. Suddenly a bird appears and the smiles come with them.
I’ll be teaching another Fan bird carving course for the Woodland Skills Centre in Wales on 15th October 2016 – follow the link to book your place and sign up to my newsletter to find out about future courses – you might just surprise yourself!