Category Archives: greenwood courses

Ash splint baskets course in Surrey

Last month I was invited down to Surrey to teach a group of fine furniture makers how to make ash splint baskets. Aidan Turner runs a school for aspiring furniture makers and wanted the course to broaden the students’ experience … Continue reading

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Ash splint basket making workshop in Wales

I was invited to north Wales to teach ash splint basket making to a group as part of the Halkyn Mountain Living Landscape project which is educating people about their local area and crafts associated with the landscape. Ash splint … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop in Manchester

Another great day teaching a group how to carve wooden spoons in Manchester, working with axes and knives to make unique cooking spoons from local green wood. To hear first about future wood craft carving courses, sign up to my … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop at Ordsall Hall in Salford

Last week I was invited to teach a greenwood spoon carving workshop at Ordsall Hall in Salford.  The Hall is a large former manor house and dates back to the 15th century with beautiful timber beams. It’s a fabulous building … 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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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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Spoon carving workshop in Derbyshire

I’ve just spent a fabulous weekend at Greenwood Days on the Derbyshire/ Leicestershire border. On Saturday I was teaching a group of beginners how to carve wooden spoons. Starting from fresh green birch wood logs, they learned to axe out … Continue reading

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Spoon carving in Yorkshire

My most recent spoon carving workshop for beginners was at Broadrake Bunkhouse at Chapel-le-Dale in Yorkshire. With views of Inglebrough and the Ribblehead Viaduct, the gorgeous Bunkhouse to stay in and the fabulous lunches, it’s one of my favourite venues … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop at RHS 2019

Four people joined me last weekend for a couple of days at RHS Harlow Carr in Yorkshire to learn how to carve wooden spoons. We started with making cooking spoons and introducing the axe and knife skills needed to work … Continue reading

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