West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Spoon Carving

Yet another new opportunity to work with natural and local materials. This time it's spoon-carving. A chance to start whittling away using the natural curves of birch, sycamore or fruit woods to create a simple but elegant Scandinavian - style finished cooking spatula or a eating spoon.


ABOUT THE COURSE
 
Title Spoon Carving with Jon Warnes
Description Inspired by the Scandinavian styles, Jon will teach you how to make elegant yet functional Scandinavian style wooden eating spoons from freshly cut wood such as birch, sycamore and fruit woods.
About the tutor
Jon WarnesI have used Jon's book Living Willow Sculpture many times over the years so it was with excitement that I first met the man behind the book and especially to discover that he had such wide ranging green wood working and rural skills. It was also good to hear that he had moved to mainland Scotland and even more when he agreed to teach a spoon carving workshop. (Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No previous skills are required to come on this workshop. You might like to look at a couple of books - the authors have inspired Jon's work. (The second one is out of print, but Jon will have copy on the day) Making Traditional English Wooden Eating Spoons by Eric Rodgers Swedish Carving Techniques by Wille Sundqvist
Course format
Working with simple hand tools students will learn how to carve wooden eating spoons from freshly cut wood such as birch, sycamore and fruit woods. Jon will bring the wood and there will be an additional cost for materials. You will be able to use a wonderful collection of axes - large and small and different styles. The safe use of knives and axes, as well as simple methods of  working and of sharpening will be covered.  There will be an opportunity to look at a diverse collection of wooden spoons and discuss their design.  Jon will also have a presentation and a slide show and there will always be time for questions and discussions.
After completing this course...
You will take home a carved cooking spatula and will have been introduced to the safe use of sharp hand tools with a selection of materials. You will also learn the the fundamentals of spoon design. And you will have had an enjoyable and fun day.

INFORMATION
 
Cost
£70.00 There is a cost for materials of 10.00
Duration This is a one-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet provided.

QUESTIONS
 
More information Please contact Jon or Kate
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?

You should bring an apron or smock and any carving and sharpening tools you already have. If you have any nice small pieces of fresh wood then bring them along and of course if you have any interesting wooden spoons bring them along too! Don't forget your camera and notebook.

Are there any other related courses I can attend? Scottish Birch Craft workshop with Bryce Reynard will have whet your appetite for working with birch!
Some photos from previous courses (click to enlarge)
Spoon Carving
Spoon Carving
Spoon Carving
What have other attendess said about this course?

I loved this course!