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Greenwood Workshops with Steve Tomlin

Thurs - Fri 8th-9th September - Spoon Carving £170 (2 days)

9.45am - 4.30pm approx. Price includes materials lunch and refreshments.
Please wear layers of warm clothing and sturdy footwear.

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Steve has been coming to Broadrake for several years now. On his first visit he taught us to scythe which has helped us keep our wildflower meadow and new native woodland areas under control. Following on from that he has run several more scything courses for beginners and improvers, then later we introduced greenwood spoon carving which has proved very popular.

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Spoon Carving

Spoon carving takes whittling away bark from a branch to the next level, using an axe and just 2 different carving knives. Steve Tomlin will guide you safely, step-by-step, through the skills of this lovely craft to create unique utensils and spoons from a fresh cut log. This 2 day course is perfect for beginners and improvers alike. Safe axe work methods are taught to split and roughly shape the wood and different knife cuts are taught and demonstrated with the emphasis on safety. Starting with a simple kitchen utensil Steve will gauge the different skill levels and needs of individuals to allow refinement of technique and design variation.

For those of you who have already started out with this absorbing craft then this 2 day workshop will reinforce your axe skills and the knife carving techniques to shape and finish your spoons efficiently and confidently. You will all make a range of items to explore different design elements, including simple stirring spoons, spreaders and 'cranked' eating spoons. Part of the course will include looking at sharpening equipment and techniques to make sure your own axe and knives are kept sharp and safe.

a group of students working on their greenwood spoons

This workshop is suitable for both complete beginners and improvers. Tools and greenwood are provided or bring your own tools if you have them. By the end of the 2 days, you will know how to axe & carve efficiently and safely, have a better understanding of carving the different grain patterns, and be able to consider spoon design.
This should give you the confidence to continue at home, to practise the skills and make more stirrers, spreaders & spoons. This absorbing and addictive craft will have you looking at every fallen tree branch and fresh cut log pile with spoon eyes!