Category Archives: SteveTomlinCrafts

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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Spoon carving course May 2022

A lovely day last weekend teaching a spoon carving workshop for a group at Greenwood Days near Derby. We always start from a green log so people work through the whole process of splitting, axing and carving to create a … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop in Manchester 2022

The date for my next spoon carving workshop in Manchester is now set for 16th October 2022 in Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Chorlton is a brilliant location, with a a wonderfully creative community, great places to get food and lots of transport options. … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop in Yorkshire Dales

A fantastic afternoon yesterday in Wensleydale, Yorkshire teaching some spoon carving skills to a lovely group of people. The event was organised by Emma’s Dale who wanted just a short course for a group to follow a morning of mindfulness. … Continue reading

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Birch eating spoons

During my spoon carving workshop the other week, I made a couple of eating spoons from some lovely local birch. To demonstrate, I made one (on the left) by carving from the bark and the other (right) from the radially … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop 2021 in Yorkshire Dales

It’s fantastic to be back out teaching crafts again and what a wonderful way to start with a two day spoon carving course at Broadrake in the Yorkshire Dales. Tucked just under Whernside among the Yorkshire Three Peaks, it’s an … Continue reading

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Bending bonds and handles for Devon stave baskets

The handle, rim and bottom bond for the Devon stave basket are made from freshly cut ash coppice. I use small diameter poles which are cleft into four pieces and then shaped with a drawknife while clamped in the shavehorse. … 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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Ash splint basket workshop 2020

My final workshop for 2020 was an ash splint basket making course at Greenwood Days near Derby, UK. This was postponed from earlier in the year when running courses wasn’t possible so I was very pleased to be able to … Continue reading

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Stirrers, eating spoons and spreaders

When I teach people how to carve spoons, I want them to go home with new skills and confidence as well as a spoon that they’ve made. Having two days of workshop gives the best opportunity to achieve this and … Continue reading

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