Category Archives: fan birds

Flights of Fancy exhibition

A flock of my carved fanbirds are currently part of the Flights of Fancy exhibition at The Beach Hut Gallery at Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.

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Fan bird workshop May 2022

I’m just back home after a fantastic weekend at Greenwood Days near Derby. Yesterday I had a group with me learning to make fan birds which is a great project for beginners looking to start wood carving or more experienced … Continue reading

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Fan bird carving workshop 2020

This course actually took place earlier in the summer but at the time I was too busy to post the photos so here they are at last. Among the group was Eddie Glew, a fantastic willow basket maker, who came … Continue reading

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Fan bird carving instructions

Carved wooden fan birds are one of my favourite greenwood projects and a wonderful demonstration of the properties of wood. I first learned about them on a trip to Czech Republic where I bought a pair of birds in a … Continue reading

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Fan bird carving workshop

I’ve been teaching another course on how to carve fan birds. These amazing birds are made from a single piece of wood without any glue. It’s a tricky thing to get right but I’ve developed my process now so that … Continue reading

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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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