Wood, carving and turning

Spoon carving with Barn the Spoon (Barnaby Carder)

Ref: S1D10166

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About this course

Learn how to turn a branch or log into a beautiful functional spoon using axes and knives.

Course Description

Learn the ancient skills of spoon carving and make some beautiful spoons to take home. This short workshop acts as a perfect introduction to knife and axe carving, with no previous woodworking experience necessary.

Using fresh wood and authentic techniques, you will learn all you need to turn a bit of branch or log into a beautiful functional spoon using axes and knives.

You will focus on carving techniques that will allow you to carve safely and with confidence, so you can create at home too. Spoon carving is great because the tools required are small and transportable, so you do not need a workshop or a workbench – you can even do it in your own front room. This workshop is designed to provide you with a strong foundation to create all sorts of carved objects. By the end of it, you will know how to safely cleave a piece of wood from a log, rough shape spoon blanks with an axe, and carve a complete spoon using straight and bent knives.

Essential – you need to be able to comfortably grip the handle of an axe or knife in your hand. The average person will have plenty of strength and dexterity to participate in the class. Use of both hands and arms will be necessary. If you have any concerns regarding this, please get in contact.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of suitable greenwood and loan of the tools for use on the day.

What students need to bring

  • Suitable work clothes for working outdoors (but undercover), apron and stout covered footwear, are essential
  • Reading glasses if worn
Please note: This course will take place in the Sculpture Courtyard which is a 10 minute walk from the main College building across the walled garden. Please register at the main College on arrival between 8.50-9.05am. Students return to the College for lunch. This course involves the use of sharp hand tools in close proximity to the body. Full demonstration and tuition will be given for their use but a calm, patient and focused attitude is essential for the safe practice and wellbeing of the group. Tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in this workshop.


Barn the Spoon (Barnaby Carder)

Having been obsessed with woodwork since the age of 12, and spending his teens turning bowls, making wooden jewellry and abstract sculpture, Barn ended up doing a woodland based chair making apprenticeship, followed by three years travelling around the country, living in the woods making and peddling hand-carved wooden spoons on the streets of the Britains towns & cities. In 2012 Barn opened his notorious East-London spoon shop.

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