Category Archives: greenwood courses

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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Spoon carving courses in Manchester 2019

Following on from the success of my recent spoon carving workshop in Chorlton, Manchester, I have added a couple of extra dates for courses in 2019. Saturday 22nd June 2019 Saturday 23rd November 2019 Book your place via the Eventbrite … Continue reading

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Wooden hay rake making at Stott Park Bobbin Mill

It’s always a treat to go up to Cumbria and spend some time in the Lake District, especially in spring when the countryside is coming to life. This weekend, I’ve been teaching a small group to make wooden hay rakes … Continue reading

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Traditional hay rake making at Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Shaving heads, knocking teeth – we had a great time at Stott Park and it wasn’t nearly as dangerous as it sounds. Continue reading

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