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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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Ash splint packbasket

The ash splints that I pounded this spring are working so well and I’m really pleased to have had another commission for this packbasket which I just finished. The basket measures 18″ to the rim with a top handle and … Continue reading

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Cherry salad servers

New salad servers ready for the summer! I’ve been using some of the lockdown time to work on my tiny back garden. It’s mostly flagstones but I’ve built a small raised bed along one wall and have got herbs and … Continue reading

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Ash splint harvest baskets for sale

I’ve been working on a few ash splint pack baskets lately, which has been great to keep me busy during lockdown. In preparation for them, I always like to make some smaller baskets which has resulted in a couple of … Continue reading

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