Category Archives: fan birds

Fan bird carving in Wales

Some photos from a course on how to carve wooden fan birds that I taught recently at the Woodland Skills Centre in North Wales. Fan birds are a tricky craft to get right but I have been developing my special … Continue reading

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Fan bird carving student

David came on my fan bird carving course earlier this year. He’d previously done some spoon carving but wanted to learn to carve fan birds to expand his skills after seeing me demonstrate fan bird carving at Elvaston Wood Festival … Continue reading

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How to carve a fan bird instructions

As much as I wish you all could, I realise that not everyone can get to one of my courses to learn how to carve fan birds. So, to help spread the craft wider, I’ve created a downloadable pdf on … Continue reading

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Fan bird carving course in Derbyshire

Fan birds are a little known craft in the UK. Each one is made from a single piece of wood with the wings folded out from the solid wood. People often think that they’re incredibly fiddly and too difficult to … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas turtle dove decorations

Gorgeous wooden bird decorations handmade by Steve Tomlin Crafts
Beautiful, unique decorations for your tree or the perfect handmade gift. Continue reading

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Fan bird carving course in Co Durham


A day carving and folding wood to make fan birds. Continue reading

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Fan bird carving workshop

fan bird carving course
A lovely weekend carving and folding wood to create bird decorations, smiles and memories. Continue reading

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Wooden birds and brushes for Lancashire Woodcarvers

What do you do when you’re invited to give a demonstration and teach an afternoon workshop for 15 hobby woodcarvers? I was asked to do just that for the Lancashire branch of the Woodcarvers Association and decided to give them some carving they’d never seen before. Continue reading

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A week of courses

fan bird carving
I had a wonderful start to my summer of teaching with several different craft courses within the space of a week. Continue reading

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Fan Bird Carving Course

I’ve had a brilliant day teaching a group how to make fan birds. This is the third time I’ve taught fan bird carving at my workshop in Cumbria and I’ve made some modifications to the way I teach which really … Continue reading

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