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Make a spatula

5(61 reviews)
Learn about working with the grain, the basis for all woodworking. Use a shave horse and drawknife to make cooking utensils.
£45 pp
Next available date:22nd June 2024
What happens in this class?

Make your own cooking utensils! Learn the basics of green woodworking and working with the grain. Make a locally grown spatula to take home with you. We will be using a shave horse and draw knife, traditional chair making tools that are very safe to use. Suitable for complete beginners.

This is a great taster course for anyone who's considering our longer courses.

Limited low income and unwaged discounts are available for this course for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

This is a seated course, we will be working on shave horses, so it's suitable…

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Things to remember

We have no indoor space and will be working outside in all weathers (under a tarp if it rains) so please come prepared.

  • Warm, outdoor clothes in the winter.

  • Sunhats in summer.

  • Raincoats whenever.

  • No sandals or bare feet please.

  • Walking boots or work boots if you can, a thick…

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Do you offer concessionary rates this course?
Yes, we offer a limited number of low income rates on our courses. There is no eligibility criteria, these discounts are available for anyone who needs them. This is a trust based system, we do not require proof or even an explanation of the rate you choose.
Can I change my booking?
Our cancellation policy is explained here:
I am booked on a course, is it going ahead?
Yes, you will receive an automatic reminder email 3 days before your course, via our booking partners If you haven’t received this please check your spam.
It’s raining, is the course going ahead?
I’m afraid so, please come prepared. We have tarps to put up, so even if it’s torrential we’ll try to keep you dryish. We work outdoors in all weathers and will only cancel courses in the event of extreme weather conditions which would make the courses unsafe (ie. a red warning from the Met Office with risk to life).
Do you offer private courses?
Yes, most of our courses have private booking options. We take private bookings up to 2 weeks in advance. The early you put in a request, the more likely we are to be able to accomodate you. If you have a last minute need for a private course, please contact us and we'll see what we can do.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes, you can buy gift cards through our booking partners These are valid on over 2500 classes available on the Obby site, including all London Green Wood courses. Gift cards can only be redeemed through and will not work on bookings through our own website (the commission is different). Gift cards are valid for 1 year. If you have any queries about gift cards please contact directly. If you are buying a course as a gift for someone we recommend you come together, it’s more fun that way. We also recommend that you book a space on a specific course date rather than buy a gift card to avoid disappointment, as some of our courses book up several months in advance.
Can under 18s join this course?
No. This course is for over 18s only.
Do you have sessions for children and young people?
Yes, see our Family Whittling courses for 6-8yr olds and 9-18yr olds. These courses are for kids and young people to come accompanied by an adult who will supervise and work with them at all times, each course space is for 1 adult and 1 child to attend together. We recommend that parents/ carers join the course so that they can keep their child safe when whittling at home and be confident in their child’s abilities to work with knives and wood.
Can I bring my dog?
Only guide dogs and assistance dogs please. If possible, please let us know in advance.
Is the workshop accessible for people with disabilities?
Our workshop is outside and at ground level, but there is uneven ground on the way in through the farm. The toilets are on the ground floor, and there is a disabled cubicle. We will do everything we can to make all our courses accessible to everyone regardless of disability. If you are thinking about a course and are unsure if this would suit you, please contact us to discuss. Often in these instances we find the best thing is to arrange a visit, so you can see the workshop and decide for yourself.
Do you have any more dates planned?
Yes. You can join a waiting list to be notified of new dates, Each specific date also has it's on waiting list, which you can join to be notified if there are any cancellations.
Latest Reviews
5(61 reviews)
undefined - 14 May 2024
I had a great time making my spatula! It was 3 hours of calm and focus, which is rare for me these days. The tutor Annie was excellent, attentive and knowledgable. They helped me where I needed it and gave me the confidence to get through even though I picked a bit of a strange block of wood! Looking forward to using my new spatula when it's dried and oiled. Thanks London Green Wood!
undefined - 12 May 2024
Had a very pleasant afternoon carving a spatula on the farm! Great tuition in a super space. It's an addictive and therapeutic activity. Thanks
Olivia - 22 April 2024
Really enjoyable afternoon. No experience required and Jacob was a great teacher.
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Your Teacher

London Green Wood is cooperative of woodworkers practising rural crafts in the city. Based at Hackney City Farm, we work with green wood straight from the log and hand tools. All the wood we use has been felled locally.

We have been running events and teaching courses since 2011. We promise a beautiful setting, friendly people, the satisfaction of learning new skills and a fire when it gets chilly. We run courses for adults and for families. We offer low income and unwaged concessions on many of our courses.

People who have completed our Induction to the Workshop course can…

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Class Location
Hackney City Farm
1a Goldsmith Row
E2 8QA


undefined - 14 May 2024
I had a great time making my spatula! It was 3 hours of calm and focus, which is rare for me these days. The tutor Annie was excellent, attentive and knowledgable. They helped me where I needed it and gave me the confidence to get through even though I picked a bit of a strange block of wood! Looking forward to using my new spatula when it's dried and oiled. Thanks London Green Wood!
undefined - 12 May 2024
Had a very pleasant afternoon carving a spatula on the farm! Great tuition in a super space. It's an addictive and therapeutic activity. Thanks
Olivia - 22 April 2024
Really enjoyable afternoon. No experience required and Jacob was a great teacher.
undefined - 7 April 2024
Had such a great afternoon at London Green Wood! Thank you Andrea for being such a great teacher really enjoyed the course
Georgia Hume - 17 March 2024
We absolutely loved our private spatula carving session with Annie, arranged for our dad’s birthday. It was so therapeutic and calming and such a lovely way to spend a morning together as a family!
Kate Flanagan - 4 March 2024
I took part in the spatula making class with my partner and we both loved it! Our course leaders were really clear with their instructions, making it fun and easy for complete beginners. We also liked how informal and relaxed the entire setting was, and I am hoping to do more courses with London Green Wood when I can. It was so fun, thank you!
Wendy Huang - 26 February 2024
I love the space and the warm welcome from the teachers! The class I took was making a spatula and it was a lot of fun to do some woodcraft. It's a mindfulness practice and creativity exploration. They will guide you through all the steps and they will kindly answer all your questions during the session. I will definitely go back to another class. Thank you the London Green Wood.
Rowena - 25 February 2024
Ani was very welcoming - and taught and guided us superbly. All five group members were individually supported and our varied skills /challenges were celebrated thus giving a very personal experience. We all enjoyed the challenge and could not have wished for a better host.
Liv Wennstedt - 11 February 2024
We absolutely adored this workshop! Such a lovely experience with an incredible group of people!!
Hal Arnold Forster - 11 February 2024
amazing! Had a great time and would go again
Isobel Jobson - 5 February 2024
I came on the spatula making workshop with my sister with no previous woodworking experience. We were shown how to use the drawknife to smooth the wood, then shape into our spatulas. Annie was a fantastic instructor- very friendly, knowledgeable and clear. This was a great activity and I'm looking forward to cooking my first meal with my spatula! 10/10 would recommended
Claire Lindsay - 22 January 2024
Such a lovely workshop, in a lovely setting, with lovely people. It felt great to be outdoors working with wood, guided kindly by a helpful and gentle teacher to make my first ever spatula! Very relaxing and grounding. Thank you!
Hannah Maude Martha Billie Zbitnew - 22 January 2024
i absolutely loved the spatula making class. andrea was the instructor and they did a brilliant job! i am waiting impatiently for the wood to dry and look forward to using my spatula for many years to come. may have discovered a new hobby. would recommend this highly to anyone who likes to be crafty.
Lucy Jackson Watts - 2 January 2024
Spending time outdoors making a spatula was THE BEST way I could possibly have spent a few hours on a Sunday morning. I was welcomed so kindly, instructions were clear, equipment and materials were provided and enjoyable to use and it was such a super location. I have some experience in wood work but it was great to learn from very experienced teachers. I can't wait to go on a longer training course with London Green Wood.
Marie Merlet - 12 December 2023
Amazing workshop in a lovely space with wonderful tutors!
Sean Eke - 9 October 2023
Excellent session and very fun. Very well informed instructor.
Sanaya Buhariwala-Collins - 16 August 2023
This was such a beautiful, memorable experience and a perfect gift for my boyfriend's birthday. Thank you to our very attentive teacher Sam, who was an extremely helpful, chatty and engaging - a real inspiration! Will absolutely book again, a wholesome experience!
Mei-Mei - 14 August 2023
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. It was a very calming and meditative experience working outdoors in a small group. Sam is a highly skilled, calm, and patient teacher. The techniques we learnt were simple for beginners to grasp. It is very intense on the hands and upper body - I was aching for a couple of days afterwards. Perhaps something to consider if you have any disabilities or chronic illnesses like myself.
Jane Heather - 11 June 2023
Beautiful morning spent at London Green Wood. I loved the process of making a spatula from locally found Cherry wood and the gentle care from our tutor Lucy. Will definitely be back to progress to a spoon :)
Lewis O'Sullivan - 5 June 2023
Knowledgeable and friendly, would definitely go back.
Rita - 5 June 2023
I booked this as a birthday present for my husband. There were only 4 of us in the class and the tutor was excellent. She showed us how to do each step, making sure that we were okay. Really enjoyable, relaxing experience. Thank you
Nonny Osakabe - 1 April 2023
The class was a good size for the teacher to give us all plenty of attention. Sharon was really enthusiastic about teaching and gave good instruction at each stage, and was always positive about everyone’s work. It was an interesting and relaxing way to spend a morning, in pleasant surroundings, even if it’s raining. I think it would also be great for tourists to make their own souvenir.
Clare Woods - 5 March 2023
We had such a lovely day! Matt, our instructor, was very nice and knowledgeable.
Daniel Pattison - 19 February 2023
SPATULA IS MY NEW GOD. I AM BECOME SPATULA, WHITTLER OF WOODS. We had a really lovely time. It was incredibly meditative and and the instructor was very kind and patient. The time went by incredibly fast. Highly recommended.
Cosmos Roberts - 18 February 2023
I enjoyed my day at London Green Wood making a spatula . The process was explained step by step and the tutors are patient in answering any you have . I have to say once i started i was totally focused and managed to make two . And the experience was totally therapeutic, relaxing and calming and i will be looking to take up the bowl turning day as well.
Sarah Page - 22 January 2023
Fun and therapeutic
Matthew Farrugia - 11 December 2022
A renewing experience - perfect way to spend a morning! And a great birthday present for the one I love!
Joe Williams - 13 November 2022
Had a lovely time making the spatula! Esther was a great teacher.
Cristina Clopatofsky - 10 November 2022
Would highly recommend the spatula making course. The instructor was calm and knowledgeable, and the 3 hours went by so quickly! I
Manu Rathore - 7 November 2022
Great space and the class was so much fun!
Michael Dillon - 17 October 2022
Such an enjoyable morning with a caring teacher - learning and making .
caroline hewitt - 17 October 2022
Fabulous course - so lucky with the weather and lovely tutor. Definitely recommend.
Jackie Wigley - 17 October 2022
Was a fantastic experience- Sharon was so clear and very patient! Would highly recommend this course! Wish it had gone on for longer.
Ilaria Orsenigo - 9 October 2022
Wonderful experience making spatulas. Lovely staff and amazing location to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Highly recommended!
Phyllida Jacobs - 13 August 2022
I really enjoyed this class. The instructor was very helpful and explained everything clearly, great for an absolute beginner. I found making something with my hands very satisfying. Hackney City Farm is a lovely setting for it, especially when the weather is nice. I'll definitely book another class.
Viv Rowdon - 17 July 2022
A welcoming and inclusive introduction to the fascinating world of working with wood. A responsive, kind and generous tutor and a convivial working environment. An ideal gift for friends & family.
Oli Savage - 11 June 2022
Great instructor, and a lot of fun. Highly recommended!
Viv - 16 May 2022
Clear, kind, calm teaching, relaxed and focused atmosphere and lovely setting. Highly recommended.
Ignacio Fernández Dussaut - 9 May 2022
The spatula carving class was excellent, I really enjoyed making the spatula. The instructor was awesome, helping me along the way. I would definitely recommend this class.
Peter Bright - 11 April 2022
Fabulous workshop in a great local institution.
Beth Ingram - 3 April 2022
Another brilliant course. Esther was great Thankyou
James Carroll - 13 March 2022
Fantastic experience...great instructor! Positive environment...loved it!
Karen Tickner - 13 March 2022
My husband and I really enjoyed the experience- recommended!
Paul Greenhalgh - 13 March 2022
Great half day spatula making. Highly recommend doing this but do wear warm clothes if it's cold!
Joey - 20 February 2022
Amazing workshop!
Mathieu Jones - 29 November 2021
I had a great time learning how to make a spatula out of green wood. Highly recommend.
Gabrielle Bailey - 28 November 2021
SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommended, just what I needed!
JOHN MATHER - 21 November 2021
My friend and I really enjoyed the spatula making class. The tutors, Ben and Sharon, were friendly, accessible and very good. I'm going to sign up to the 4 day class after this. Highly recommended.
p mcgrath - 17 October 2021
absolutely tremendous experience, such a lovely, welcoming, and supportive athmosphere and great fun. would highly reccomend it to anyone at all interested in working with their hands or just having a fun experience.
Philip Parnell - 13 July 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed the spatula making class. I learned a lot and the teacher was very friendly. Thank you for a great time.
Sinead - 24 May 2021
Everyone at LGW was super friendly and the day was lovely. The location at Hackney City Farm was beautiful, well covered (it was raining all morning) and we were given just the right amount of help vs time / space to go off and get on with making our spatulas. Would definitely recommend this for people who are into woodworking or just as something different to try. Was a lovely day and activity, and very well run.
Vanessa - 25 September 2020
Lesley - 16 August 2020
As a complete beginner I didn't know what to expect but I had a wonderful morning making my spatula. Everything was explained very clearly with lots of help at every stage. The London Green Wood instructor, Jo, was very friendly and encouraging. I'm now recommending this class to my friends and hoipe to go back to try a slightly more ambitious project.
Tracey - 14 August 2020
Excellent workshop, which was for me more about the process , than my end result, as l Iove just whittling with Wood. I was however pretty pleased with my Spatula. Jo is a patient and inclusive teacher. Would recommend to anyone wanting to have a go. I can’t wait to do another class. Very calming working in nature with wood! Great morning 👍🏽
Natalie - 11 September 2019
A really brilliant class. I learned lots and came having made something I was proud of. I’m going to try to come back for another class soon!
Alli - 16 April 2019
Jo is a fabulous teacher. We all worked at our own pace and Jo explained everything clearly. I went with my partner and two grown up sons. We all enjoyed it and I am really pleased with my spatula- thank you for a lovely day
Caireen - 15 January 2019
Fantastic day with a great tutor, I went away so much more confident to use a knife safely and understanding how to work the wood. I'd recommend these classes to anyone, even if it's a one off activity or to learn new skill. Jo was an excellent teacher and host. I'll definitely be back again.
Rosie - 23 July 2018
Absolutely brilliant! I hope to come back for more.
Ginette - 7 March 2018
This was an amazing day. I did the workshop a week after my Mum died and found a lot of peace in the connection with nature. The tutor was lovely - engaging, patient and talented. I highly recommend it!
Abi - 5 December 2017
Another great class from Jo. Was very useful for improving knife skills and getting more familiar with cutting with the grain. Small group which means you get lots of support from the teacher. Great setting in lovely Abney Park Cemetry, with a little fire and hot drinks to keep warm in winter.
Gurnam - 17 September 2017
The only downside was the cold, it was 2 degrees and felt a bit too cold to spend that much time outside. But we did have a fire to help.