SPOON CARVING :: Friday 22nd March 2019



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This is a beginner’s class, no experience in using wood, knives and axes is necessary. If you have some experience then this will help you progress faster. People who want to improve their spoon making skills are also welcome.

We use spoons every day and usually give them little thought. They are wonderful examples of 3d design and art meeting function, with their almost infinite variety of shapes and form. People have carved wooden spoons since we began working wood, a tradition that is still alive today with more and more people taking up this practical and rewarding pastime.

Spoons come in all shapes and sizes: eating, serving, cooking, sculptural, and love-spoons. This workshop will concentrate on smaller delicate spoons for eating with. Depending on your ability, you will take home at least one spoon and the techniques used in making, so you can continue making spoons to your own designs. Spoon carving tools will be on sale at the workshop. Beginners and improvers welcome.

Techniques covered during this course are:

What wood to use and what part of the tree to use.

How to shape the billet of wood using an axe. How to use an axe and knife safely. Step by step tuition is given in each axe and knife technique.

How to refine and finish the roughed out blank using a range of knives.

Cutting out the bowl of the spoon using curved spoon knifes. You be able to try out various spoon knives and other tools for hollowing the bowl.

How to finish the spoon: a cut finish versus a sanded finish, and what to oil your spoon with.

You will be able to try out various commercially available knives and axes.

We will also talk about and practice how to keep your knife sharp.

You will also be able to take home at least one billet of wood to continue making spoons.


Sean Hellman has been making spoons since a teenager and regularly teaches and demonstrates around the country including at Spoonfest, the largest international spoon carving festival.


£75 (including materials)



Other useful details ...

Courses run 10am – 4pm, we will be glad to welcome you for coffee from 9.45am.

A selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks are inclusive and served throughout the day.

Lunch is served as a ‘bring and share’ sit down buffet, please bring a small plate of food to share, or lunch can be provided by pre-booking at a cost of £5.

Each course has a detailed requirements list so you know if there is anything in particular you will need to bring or wear. We try and keep this minimal and supply most of what you need, but we know that people also like to bring thier own ‘kit’ if they have it. Please ensure you read your list carefully and do ask if there is anything that isnt clear!

We also offer 4* B&B accommodation please enquire or see our course accommodation page full details – it is worth noting that during course times we only have attendees staying here so our accommodation is not available through the usual online system.

Printable directions and Google Map links to help you find The Old Kennels can be found here (sat nav will not bring you to the door as being rural the postcode area is quite large).

For answers to some frequently asked questions about courses please click here.