West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Carving a birch bowl

Wooden Tom comes to West Moss-side... Birch from Flanders Moss turned into beautiful bowls. Tom's passion for wood will inspire and transport you for the day. You will learn all the green wood skills using the traditional tools and techniques needed to carve your own wooden bowl. This is a great course that is very rewarding and you get to walk away with a beautiful wooden bowl at the end.


ABOUT THE COURSE
 
Title Carving a birch bowl with Tom Banks
Description

During the course of the day you will be guided through the techniques. Tom will  share his passion and his knowledge and experience of the traditional skills of wood carving with you.   His teaching sessions are taught using only hand tools because he finds that without the noise and speed of power tools we ourselves begin to relax and work with the grain of the wood rather than against it. Tom Banks (Wooden Tom) will come to West Moss-side for the first time as part of the celebration of Year of Natural Scotland. I have some birch logs which were felled earlier in the year on Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve as part of the conservation work (and as a chainsaw training course!) so in line with all we do here I want to see them transformed using the traditional skills into beautiful pieces for people to enjoy both the process and results. So Tom was the man to invite! Looks like we are on the same wave length ...
"For my own part I am happiest when emphasizing its natural beauty, and itís important to me that the materials I choose are sustainably sourced, and thus my work plays its part in keeping our outdoors at its best" 

This workshop will introduce you to some of the key wood-carving skills using only hand tools :   Using a Froe to split wood, Correct use of the carving axe, Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife, Using carving gouges to hollow out. 

 "I  have carved wood for many years and for me it is a welcome escape from the stresses the we all know in modern life.   Perhaps especially I love watching the process from start to finish of a piece of wood becoming ... whatever I wish it to be!  It keeps me happy and I would like to share this gift with you.  I work with wood, both as craftsman and as a teacher.  I have a passion for wood,  for its texture and also because it makes me feel close to nature".  
 

About the tutor

 

Wooden Tom (Tom Banks ) lives and works in the Cairngorms where he runs green wood workshops and crafts beautiful pieces. Here's Wooden Tom explaining his love for wood...  

I work with wood, both as craftsman and as a teacher.  I have a passion for wood,  for its texture and also because it makes me feel close to nature.   For my own part I am happiest when emphasizing its natural beauty, and itís important to me that the materials I choose are sustainably sourced, and thus my work plays its part in keeping our outdoors at its best. 

   When I hold classes I have the chance to share my passion and my traditional skills of wood carving with my students.   My teaching sessions are taught using only hand tools because I find without the noise and speed of power tools we ourselves begin to relax and work with the grain of the wood rather than against it.

  I have carved wood for many years and for me it is a welcome escape from the stresses the we all know in modern life.   Perhaps especially I love watching the process from start to finish of a piece of wood becoming ... whatever I wish it to be!  It keeps me happy and I would like to share this gift with you. 

 




You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
This course is ideally suited to those wanting an introduction into wood carving, although equally suited to those wishing to expand and refine there carving techniques. But no previous skills are required to come on this workshop.
Course format

Working with simple hand tools students will learn how to carve wooden bowls from birch from Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve. 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. 

After completing this course...
You will learn all the green wood skills and tool techniques needed to carve your own wooden bowl. This is a great course that is very rewarding and you get to walk away with a beautiful wooden bowl at the end (ideal personal gift idea!).

INFORMATION
 
Cost
£70.00
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.
Accomodation Accommodation at West Moss-side in one of the three Trossachs Yurts (sleeps max 4 adults) see www.trossachsyurts.com or locally in Thornhill, camping, B&B or wigwams.
Disabled facilities

QUESTIONS
 
More information Please contact Tom  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. 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! Jon Warnes Spoon carving