Fan bird carving course in Co Durham

Last week I was invited up to County Durham to teach a fan bird course for beginners as part of the Auckland Castle project.

I really enjoy teaching this course, it’s a great mix of careful carving with chisels, gouges and knives working up to the moment when we fold out the feathers to create the wings.

Fan bird carving workshop Fan bird carving course

The concentration in the room is super high and there’s not a small amount of tension as well, especially for me as I want everyone to succeed.
Making a wooden fan bird Folding wings on a fan bird

All our hard work paid off in the end though and everyone went home with fantastic wooden birds and lots of new skills as well.
Fan bird carving workshop Fan bird carving course

If you’d like to learn to make these beautiful birds yourself, I’m teaching several more fan bird courses this summer. Please contact the organisors directly to book your place:




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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