These courses are designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend unless a specific arrangement has been made with me.

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  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Fri 20th Oct 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to being your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Sun 22nd Oct 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to being your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Spoon decoration - chip carving

    Fri 3rd Nov 2017 – introduction to spoon decoration techniques – Bisley Road, Stroud

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in in my garden workshop in Bisley Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire (GL5 1HE).

    Suitable for beginners but targetted at those of you who can already make a spoon but want to add some decoration. We’ll cover three techniques;

    • Chip carving, where a pattern is cut into the wood. This will include a brief section on lettering.
    • Kolrossing, where the wood is scratched in geometric or freehand patterns and then pigment rubbed into the scratches.
    • Painting, what paints to use and in particular an introduction to milk paint that I use for those striking red and black handles.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to bring your own tools if you have them.

    From: 10am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve eating spoons

    Sun 5th Nov 2017 – Advanced course, eating spoons – Bisley Road, Stroud

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in in my garden workshop in Bisley Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire (GL5 1HE).

    Suitable for those who’ve carved before and want to improve, you should have attended my beginners course or a similar course and ideally have practiced your carving since then. We’ll briefly recap safe carving technique with axes and knives but the main thing will be specific details of the design of a spoon that’s good to eat with. There will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make an eating spoon or two to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to bring your own tools if you have them.

    From: 10am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Fri 17th Nov 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to being your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Sun 19th Nov 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to being your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Fri 8th Dec 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to bring your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00
  • Learn to carve wooden spoons

    Sun 10th Dec 2017 – Spoon carving beginners and improvers – Days Cottage, Brookthorpe

    This course is designed for adults only, you must be 18 or older to attend – unless you’ve made a specific arrangement with me.

    To be held in the yurt at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe (just off A4173 between Stroud and Gloucester – postcode GL4 0UT).

    Suitable for beginners or those who’ve carved before and want to improve. We’ll cover safe carving technique with axes and knives and the main thing will be plenty of time to practice your skills and make a cooking or serving spoon to take home.

    All tools and wood is provided but you’re weclome to bring your own tools if you have them.

    From: 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and cake provided. Bring a packed lunch. Full joining instructions will be emailed nearer the course date.

    £65.00

Next course dates

I am arranging dates for a courses for beginners courses for early in 2018, will make these available as soon as I’ve got them sorted. Gift vouchers will also be available for purchase from the website before long. In the mean time if you wish to buy a course as a present please get in touch.

Courses will be held in the yurt at Days Cottage orchard, Brookthorpe (on A416 between Stroud and Gloucester). Full directions provided in the joining instructions I send out a few days before the course.

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Course Vouchers – or discount vouchers

If you’d like to buy a course voucher as a present for a friend or family member please contact me and I can arrange that for you. You’ll recieve a voucher code they can use to book a course at a date that suits. If a course is too expensive for a present then I can also do discount vouchers for £20 £30 or £40 that can be used to reduce the price of a course when booking, or to buy a spoon.

About the courses

Summer season courses are at The Woodyard on Cherrington Lane near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Autumn and winter one day courses will be held in the yurt, with a woodburner, at Days Cottage in Brookthorpe on the A416 between Stroud and Gloucester.

I’ll be running the same course on Friday and Sunday as I know some people prefer week days and others weekends. There will be one or two courses for improvers in autumn and spring where we’ll look to develop your existing skills by carving an eating spoon and have a look at decoration techniques.

Cost of the course is £65 for the day. Tea, coffee and hot and cold water for drinks will be provided, as will biscuits and cake. Please being a packed lunch and your own flavourings (herbal teas etc) if you prefer.

Starts at 10am – please arrive from 9.30 to settle in and have a cuppa before we start.

Finishes at 4.30pm (but can overrun to 5pm at the latest).

All tools and timber provided.