What’s it about?
Based at our ancient woodland camp in Kent, our 1 day spoon carving course has been put together for anyone who’d like to understand how to use simple tools to create beautiful items from greenwood.
Whilst we’re certain that you’ll leave us with a great hand carved spoon, you’ll also leave us with new found confidence and ability having mastered the use of the knife and axe, arguably the 2 most important tools available to us in bushcraft.
What will I do on a spoon carving course?
We’ll start the day by looking at a variety of carving techniques using knives and axes. Safety and being able to work with a minimum of effort will be the main focus of the session. You’ll also learn to identify which strokes are best suited for different kinds of cuts.
After this session you’ll be ready for a days spoon carving.
During your day with us, you’ll also learn about:
- Properties of different woods,
- Selecting your wood,
- Splitting techniques,
- Swedish spoon design,
- How to sharpen your carving tools.
Axes, carving knives, draw knives, scorps and crook knives will be provided.
A really great chance to begin a lifetime of carving beautiful things!
You can see all of our course dates here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: 8
Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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What our customers say
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Went on a spoon carving course. Was a really great day to spend outside. The knowledge and experience of the teachers was excellent. Came away with my very own hand carved spoon!
I had such a wonderful day last Sunday, the sun was shining and we were in the forest carving spoons. It was actually a much more mindful activity than I had previously considered. I'd never used and axe, or carving knife before or the other tools, but Gary explained it all and off we went. It was a very full day and I've created a lovely spoon! I thoroughly recommend this workshop.
One of the best days off I've had in ages! Gary and Nicola were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, not only about carving but a wide range of Bush craft and making skills. Set in a beautiful private woodland, the space was well set up and had everything needed for the day. Really excellent instructions and process, I think this is excellent value for money. Really recommend!
What a great day! Thank you jack raven bushcraft for making my first ever course such a joy! I can’t wait to come back!
The one-day spoon carving course was our second Jack Raven experience, the first being seven years prior. I began with no confidence in my ability to use the tools but the instruction was clear so I made my best effort and was delighted with the results. We *will* be back. Sooner rather than later. I feel the pull of the axe course! Thank you Jack Raven, for a very memorable day.