Spoon carving workshop for Rusland Horizons

Rusland Horizons is a three year project working to revive traditional skills and increase people’s awareness of this area in south Cumbria.

Last weekend, I taught a group of local people how to carve wooden spoons from freshly cut greenwood timber. Carving outside in the spring sunshine with lovely company is part of the magic of spoon carving, it’s a perfect hobby to take with you when you’re on holiday camping.

We worked with some small diameter silver birch as well as some larger cherry wood, carving cooking spoons, butter spreaders and eating spoons over the two days. As always, the main focus was on learning safe and efficient use of the tools.
First, axe work:
Axing a wooden spoon Axing a wooden spoon

Then lots of different knife techniques for shaping, hollowing and refining the spoons.
Carving a wooden spoon Carving a wooden spoon
Carving a wooden spoon Carving a wooden spoon

It was a lovely peaceful time with lots of good chatter, focussed attention as well as the sound of my first cuckoo of the year. And, of course, some great new wooden spoons.
Carving a wooden spoon Carving a wooden spoon Carving a wooden spoon Carving a wooden spoon

Find out about my other courses on my greenwood courses page or you can book me to come and teach spoon carving at your own venueemail me for details.

Advertisements

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.
This entry was posted in greenwood courses, spoon carving, SteveTomlinCrafts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s