At the end of last year I received this lovely request by email:
“I am really hoping that you can help me. We are coming to the Lake District in February on our honeymoon. My partner is really keen to get into carving and I would love to book him on a one to one day course with you. Are you by any chance available?”
It’s a great idea for a present and I was very happy to make space for Michael to come and spend a day with me in the workshop.
Everyone is different in their skills and abilities and an individual day makes it much easier for me to tailor the training to the student. We started with a look at tools and then some axe and knife practise. I was impressed how accurately Michael could use the axe, with confidence he’ll be taking bigger cuts which will really help his carving.
There’s lots of chat during these days which I enjoy, about tools or craft or the outdoors in general. It’s a great way to get to know someone and it helps make the situation relaxed and allows some time for Michael to just do his thing.
We made a birch cooking spoon together, based on one that I use every day in my own kitchen and added some decoration to the handle. It’s a good beginners spoon project super useful and hopefully the first of many.
The traditional gift for a 5th wedding anniversary is wood so if you’ve missed your honeymoon you could still book a course as a gift for your spouse, or come and learn together. Have a look at my carving courses page for information on the courses available
A comprehensive and practical guide to working with an Austrian scythe. Perfect if you cannot attend a course or as a reference guide following tuition.