Spoon Carving | Knife Skills | Axe Skills

Who’s it for?

This weekend has been carefully designed for those with no previous experience, those with a basic understanding of knife and axe work and those who wish to improve their skills in carving.

Whilst we are certain that you will leave us with some great hand carved items, you will also leave us with new found confidence and ability having mastered two of bushcraft’s most essential tools, the knife and axe.

What will I do?

The course will begin with an in-depth study of a variety of axe and knife Swedish carving techniques. Safety and being able to work with minimum of effort will be the main focus of the session.

You will also learn to identify which strokes are best suited for different kinds of cuts. After this session you will be ready for a weekends carving, beginning with a Swedish style spatula.

During the weekend you will also learn about:

  • Selecting your wood and splitting techniques,
  • Swedish spoon design,
  • How to sharpen your carving tools and create your own tool sharpening station.

Carving knives, draw knives, axes and crook knives will be provided.

A really great chance to begin a lifetime of carving beautiful things!

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Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration: 2 1/2 days

Start: 12 noon Friday

End: 4pm Sunday

Course size: Maximum of 8

Catering: Fully catered

Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4.

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by Fiona Hood on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Carving Course

This is a totally student-centred course, with friendly but highly professional delivery. Gary is extremely knowledgeable and clear & patient in his instruction. That was reassuring, particularly given my dyspraxic tendencies!

There will obviously be cuts, nicks, etc on a blade-wielding course, so the first aid came into play a few times - again, calmly, professionally provided.

Last but not least, the food is fabulous!

I'm going back in September for another course.

by sarah dorans on Jack Raven Bushcraft
carving weekend

Just had a fantastic weekend on the wood carving course. A really relaxing weekend learning new skills and meeting nice people. Course was pitched just right allowing people to work at their own pace. Perfect place for the course and easy to get to. Food was great. Will definitely be booking another course. Thanks very much Gary

Don't forget to send a photo of your spoon once you've inlaid the diamonds!

by mark skelding on Jack Raven Bushcraft
spoon carving

The course was well situated off the beaten track which allowed total concentration for the course. The course content was structured and allowed individuals to progress at their own pace with the different projects. The food, company, banter and carving made the weekend really enjoyable. Thank you.