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Spoon Carving - Full Day

5(29 reviews)
This full-day workshop will give you everything you need to turn a log into a beautiful, usable cooking spoon!
Bristol
In-person
from £65 pp
7hrs 30min
Beginner
Next available date:2nd March 2024
What happens in this class?

This full-day workshop will give you everything you need to turn a log into a beautiful, usable cooking spoon to take home with you!

You will make your spoon from locally sourced green (fresh) wood using an axe and two types of carving knife, which you will be taught to use safely and effectively. The course is suitable for both complete beginners and those who’ve made spoons before and would like to hone their skills and develop their designs.

We'll be working in the beautiful courtyard of Bridge Farm Community. All tools and materials provided, as well…

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Things to remember

We will be working outside - though we will have a covered area - so please come prepared for all weathers. Please wear walking boots/work boots if possible, or trainers if not. Please don't wear bare feet, crocs or open-toed shoes.

Participants are invited to bring a simple contribution…

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Latest Reviews
5(29 reviews)
Lucy Latter - 16 November 2023
A fun and informative course with great people :)
Joanna Bowden - 13 November 2023
We had the most fantastic day with Bristol Tree Craft learning all about spoon carving. The team, Ben and Hugh, were exceptionally good teachers, patient and thoughtful, responding quickly to the different needs of all the attendees. The space was great, much warmer and sheltered from the elements than we were expecting. The equipment was top-notch and there was plenty of time in the day to achieve what we wanted. We have definitely both developed a new passion for spoon carving, and we hope to come back to carve a bowl in the new year. Worth every penny.
Nick Coetzee - 12 November 2023
An outstanding day. Well run ++++ and the instructor was a super trainer/ couch and absolute expert who could impart his skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. I can’t remember when I had such an enjoyable day. Thank you to the team!
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Booking Options
7hrs 30min workshop1 class
from £65
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£95
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Age Requirement

18

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What we do

Bristol Tree Craft C.I.C brings people living in Bristol together to learn the traditional heritage craft of green woodworking. Greenwood working uses unseasoned "green" wood, that has been freshly felled, this is then shaped with hand tools into finished items.
Woodwork brings a broad array of benefits: a chance to escape busy city life, connect with natural materials and enjoy the simple wellbeing that comes from making something with our hands.

Our sessions offer a platform for people to get to know each other, deepen relationships and share the highs and lows of learning a…

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Class Location
Bridge Farm Community
Bristol
Glenfrome Rd
BS16 1BQ
Bristol

Reviews

Lucy Latter - 16 November 2023
A fun and informative course with great people :)
Joanna Bowden - 13 November 2023
We had the most fantastic day with Bristol Tree Craft learning all about spoon carving. The team, Ben and Hugh, were exceptionally good teachers, patient and thoughtful, responding quickly to the different needs of all the attendees. The space was great, much warmer and sheltered from the elements than we were expecting. The equipment was top-notch and there was plenty of time in the day to achieve what we wanted. We have definitely both developed a new passion for spoon carving, and we hope to come back to carve a bowl in the new year. Worth every penny.
Nick Coetzee - 12 November 2023
An outstanding day. Well run ++++ and the instructor was a super trainer/ couch and absolute expert who could impart his skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. I can’t remember when I had such an enjoyable day. Thank you to the team!
TONY STEADMAN - 30 October 2023
Absolutely loved it, so nice to spend a day crafting a spoon. Very therapeutic and a really well run workshop. Thanks so much
Brian Wooster - 29 October 2023
Excellent day, very attentive instructors, on the day good crowd lots of banter. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Jennifer Short - 19 June 2023
This was such a lovely treat with a great and patient teacher and an actual useable, beautiful spoon at the end of it!
suzanne - 18 June 2023
Fantastic day - great fun, organisers were lovely - supportive and friendly. Shared lunch was a great idea. I will definitely be back .
Paul O’Callaghan - 18 June 2023
This was a really brilliant workshop. Hugh and Ben were very welcoming and extremely knowledgable, talking us through every aspect of the process and clearly demonstrating each practical skill required. There can’t be many more enjoyable ways to spend a day and I can’t wait for my next course with Bristol Tree Craft.
Alan Cridford - 15 May 2023
Have just completed the Spoon Carving course. This follows the Spatular Course last October. Both courses were really enjoyable with clear and considerate instruction from Ben and Hugh. I can highly recommend the Bristol Tree Craft courses.
Julie - 14 May 2023
I loved the day and treasure my spoon. Ben the teacher was great - very friendly and great at explaining and demonstrating the processes and very helpful when we got stuck. Time management was good. The salad lunch was lovely - just right for eating outdoors in the most beautiful setting. Loved visiting the baby goats too. A great day which I didn’t want to end. I’ll practise at home and book another course soon.
Rob Matthews - 27 March 2023
Had a great day doing something I've always wanted to do, left with a self carved spoon and lots of inspiration!
David Attwood - 23 March 2023
An excellent day. Ben and Hugh were great teachers, very patient, clear, and had lots of plasters! Would highlight recommend, it’s a great project they run.
Greg Phillips - 20 March 2023
I had a great time, the morning is making a spoon "blank" with an axe, and the afternoon is finishing the spoon off with knives. Both instructors were very good, knowledgeable, and gave clear instructions, with a good emphasis on safety. They were also a lot of fun. Would recommend and I hope to take another one of their courses to learn more from them.
Jane Webb - 1 November 2022
What a fantastic day! We loved learning a new skill and our wooden spoons will definitely get used. Ben and Hugh were engaging and patient teachers. Thank you for a great day.
Isis - 30 October 2022
Thanks so much Ben and Hugh for excellent tutelage and a great day carving my spoon. I am very happy with my end product and will use my spoon with pride in the kitchen. You were both fantastic teachers and held the space very well, and the lunch was delicious!
Cat Jameson - 4 September 2022
Ahhh what a fantastic day! Ben and Hugh put on a fantastic workshop. Tuition- Communication before workshop was supportive and informative. Workshop was clear and well paced with plenty of 1:1 whenever needed. Tutors very knowledgeable and friendly. Refreshments- endless tea and biscuits and a super tasty, quality home cooked veggie lunch served alongside a vase of flowers picked from the farm. Well recommended!
Mark Stanley - 19 June 2022
We had a brilliant day carving spoons under the watchful eye of Hugh and Ben. We learned to use several hand tools safely and used a range of techniques to turn a wedge of tree into a recognisable spoon. Lovely lunch and endless tea to keep us going, and plenty of chatter in our small friendly group. Highly recommended. And you get a spoon ♥️
Laura Penning - 19 June 2022
Yesterday I attended the spoon carving course and it was just brilliant, I loved every moment of it. Ben and Hugh are great teachers and it was a pleasure to spend the day learning from and chatting with them both. There were five of us on the course and we each got plenty of one on one when we needed it. The home made lunch was lovely, and it was extra special eating it with bowls and spoons they had carved themselves. It was very inspiring! I'm so happy with the spoon I made, I quite fancy carving a spatula next. I would wholeheartedly recommend their courses to everyone.
Phil Dodd - 15 May 2022
Ben and Hugh run an excellent workshop. They are friendly, patient and very good teachers. Everyone at the workshop was able to use the tools very quickly and produced a beautiful spoon I highly recommend this for anyone curious about getting into green woodworking.
Rachel - 20 April 2022
I really enjoyed this course so much I have taken it twice. I had no prior experience with wood working. The teachers structured the course so that new skills with axe and knives were introduced gradually through the day as we needed them to make our spoons. Highly recommended.
Florence - 4 December 2021
I had such a lovely day on the spoon making course. Hugh and Ben were brilliant teachers, working at a relaxed pace and giving clear instructions. I was so pleased with my spoon and can’t wait to do more wood carving. It’s so engrossing!
Emma Smith - 25 November 2021
Fantastic day, I learnt loads and feel like I've had a break from the city even though it was only 10 mins away from home! Hugh and Ben were excellent facilitators, keeping things moving without rushing anyone. I feel so proud of my spoon, I almost don't want to use it! Feels so satisfying to have started with a log and come home with something so beautiful(ish!). Would highly recommend it.
Simon Oatley - 25 November 2021
I thought it was an excellent class, Ben was really helpful and I enjoyed hte session a lot. He was relaxed but kept an eye on everyones progress and kept the session moving - 5 stars
Emma - 24 November 2021
Spoon-tastic! Had a brilliant day whittling my very own spoon… it now has pride of place in my cutlery drawer. The teaching was superb and the lunch was a lovely treat, what a fab day!
C - 24 November 2021
Really fab teachers - very knowledgable and hugely charismatic. Couldn't recommend more!!!!
Jimmy Aldridge - 24 November 2021
Had a mega fun time spoon-carving last weekend! What a hidden gem of a venue - Bridge Farm feels more like rural Somerset than the centre of Bristol. My partner gave the course to me for a birthday gift, and I couldn't recommend it enough. Ben and Hugh were very thorough in their teaching, and broke the process up into really manageable chunks. They also plied us with coffee and kept the fire blazing, so we were nice and warm even though it was a cold day. Delicious soup too!
Rebecca Richards - 24 November 2021
What a fab day!!! Ben & Hugh led the workshop so brilliantly and explained everything really well. Having never used a carving knife or axe before I came away having learned loads. Can't wait to christen my new spoon. Such a wonderful way to spend a Saturday...
Spencer - 24 November 2021
I thought I was a pretty competent green woodworker but Hugh and Ben thought me some essential techniques - I had to unlearn some bad/dangerous habits! Very grateful for their patience, they were very helpful and it was really fun to learn in a group of people with mixed experience. They managed to give everyone one on one help. Very satisfying to finish a spoon in one go. Oh and a hearty lunch was much appreciated too in a lovely setting.
Clarice - 23 November 2021
This workshop was amazing. Ben and Hugh are excellent teachers, just lovely, funny and very patient. I was struggling a bit and they really took the time to help me now I have a beautiful spoon I made myself! Highly recommend.