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Spoon carving

4.9(213 reviews)
Learn how to carve a spoon with an axe and a knife.
£70 pp
Next available date:21st June 2024
What happens in this class?

Using just three green woodworking tools you will carve a spoon from a locally grown tree. This course covers axe skills and safe knife grips. Aimed at both complete beginners and those who’ve made spoons before and would like to hone their skills and designs.

Spoon carving is a meditative search for perfection. You will spend the day carving a fresh piece of locally sourced wood in our outdoor workshop. This course is taught by one of our expert local tutors.

You can follow this course up with our Bowl Carving or Bowl Turning course. Or if you want…

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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.
Can I bring my own tools?
Yes of course. And if you have made spoons before please bring them to show. It's easier to help you develop if we can see what you have made so far.
Latest Reviews
4.9(213 reviews)
Even with the temperamental weather trying to scupper things. The London Greenwood spoon carving course exceeded my expectations. It was an informative and relaxed day, guided brilliantly by the teacher Jo, and I came away with a renewed sense of confidence at trying to improve my greenwood working and spoon carving. Thank you. I'm already looking forward to my next course there.
Philip Brennan - 24 March 2024
Great day learning some new skills in a relaxed and friendly environment!
Cyrus Chuang - 3 March 2024
It was an amazing day with the London Green Wood! Definitely had a blast carving wood into spoons with my partner. Would 100% recommend this as a gift! Excited to see their bowl turning class next as well.
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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.

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


Even with the temperamental weather trying to scupper things. The London Greenwood spoon carving course exceeded my expectations. It was an informative and relaxed day, guided brilliantly by the teacher Jo, and I came away with a renewed sense of confidence at trying to improve my greenwood working and spoon carving. Thank you. I'm already looking forward to my next course there.
Philip Brennan - 24 March 2024
Great day learning some new skills in a relaxed and friendly environment!
Cyrus Chuang - 3 March 2024
It was an amazing day with the London Green Wood! Definitely had a blast carving wood into spoons with my partner. Would 100% recommend this as a gift! Excited to see their bowl turning class next as well.
Simon Jenkins - 26 February 2024
Fantastic! Lots of fun and a great result. Great teacher!
James Cohen - 24 February 2024
Absolutely loved carving my spoon, I've always wanted to try carving and this workshop was so much fun.
Emily Goodbrand Dillon - 28 January 2024
Had a great experience on the spoon carving one-day course! The teacher Mat was very informative and helpful, and I felt felt confident with the tools and the grips even as a complete beginner. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to try out woodcarving!
Kathy - 18 December 2023
This was a very enjoyable day despite the weather. The 2 tutors were extremely knowledgeable, inspiring and very, very patient! I was guided and supported to produce an eating spoon which I finished off at home and am very happy with. I would definitely recommend this course.
reuben morris - 18 December 2023
Fantastic day, learnt loads and was held in a very friendly and welcoming space. Could not recommend more highly!
Catherine - 10 December 2023
Has such a lovely day creating spoons yesterday. We kept dry under the tarp despite the heavy rain, and our two instructors were fantastic. The site is a little oasis in Hackney and there is a wonderful sense of community. Definitely recommend and I suspect we’ll be back.
Perrum Singh Rehal - 3 December 2023
Bought this as an experience for my boyfriend, he loved it so much that he has now gone and bought himself lots of the kit to carry this on as a hobby
jacob scipio - 20 November 2023
Fantastic day! Meditative, rewarding and fun. Highly recommended.
Anne Williams - 20 November 2023
A great day with clear instruction, a welcoming group of people and a friendly vibe. We all went home with a spoon having learned new skills in the outdoors.
Harry Stirk - 19 November 2023
I was seeking out an experience to learn a new skill and now I’m hooked on spoon carving! The spoon carving workshop was fantastic in the beautiful natural surrounds of Hackney City Farm. Sam taught us all a range of safe carving techniques and we all left with our very own, super unique, hand-made spoon. I would highly recommend this workshop!
Jack Hands - 13 November 2023
Really enjoyed spoon carving. Simple enough to understand quite quickly and difficult enough to lose focus and enjoy the craft. Teachers were insightful and very safety conscious. Surroundings were really relaxing and nothing like being surrounded by trees, under a tarp while the rain pours to the sound of chopping axes. Bliss
Rachel - 6 November 2023
Lovely experience and very informative and helpful instructors.
Viv - 29 October 2023
A thoroughly lovely, calm and convivial day in a supportive atmosphere. Our tutor Sam was detailed, skilled and kind. Would highly recommend this day to anyone interested in working with wood.
Josh Utay - 26 October 2023
Spoon Carving Saturday with Dave exceeded my already monumental expectations. I traveled from across the Pond to attend, and it was worth every ounce of energy to do so. I hope to make it over again at some point. Thank you for the information and the inspiration! I aim to continue honing my skills back home and share what I can with my own community as soon as I am able. Stay well!
Emilio Garfath - 11 October 2023
Lovely and inspiring workshop, such a great experience. Learnt many wood carving skills using different tools and managed to make a spoon out of a log. Would love to repeat.
Peter Thompson - 24 September 2023
I travelled all the way from Sydney to do the spoon carving and it was well worth the effort great day excellent instructor very knowledgeable and easy to follow book now you will have a great time and take home a hand made spoon 😀
Georgina Cooper Friedlos - 24 September 2023
Cannot recommend this highly enough! It was such a fun and relaxing day - although more challenging than I originally anticipated! Sam was such a good teacher and the whole day flew by so quickly - I am definitely coming back to do another of the courses here😊
Alice Sarsfield-Hall - 7 September 2023
I had a fantastic time, the instructor was patient and reassuring and very helpful. Would recommend this to anyone.
ARIA SHAHROKHSHAHI - 3 September 2023
Couldn’t recommend this more, Sam was patient and gently guided everyone through the day, I’ll be back!
Ben - 3 September 2023
Had a really fantastic day on a spoon carving workshop, great teacher and lovely setting
Jack - 2 September 2023
Had a great time doing this class, would highly recommend for anyone looking to do a fun engaging activity
Tom Boyce - 31 August 2023
Awesome experience, can't recommend enough!
Holly Kinstone - 27 August 2023
I can't say enough about my experience at London Green Wood! Not only was Sam's teaching style incredibly impressive, but the community space itself was absolutely wonderful. It added such a unique and warm touch to the entire learning journey. And speaking of warm, the other team members at London Green Wood were some of the most welcoming people I've ever met. It truly felt like being part of a big, friendly family. The atmosphere they've created there is something truly special. If you're looking for a place where learning is not just about skills but about being part of an amazing community, London Green Wood is the place to be. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
Thu - 26 August 2023
I had so much fun and learnt a lot.
Adam - 20 August 2023
Such a great day! The place is lovely, the pace of learning was perfect and you end up with something special to take away with you. As a total beginner I feel like I’ve now got enough knowledge to go and practise myself. Thanks Sam!
Chantay Browne - 8 August 2023
This was the best course I’ve done in a long time! Sam has a brilliant approach to teaching that allows a free flowing, no pressure, fun, creative environment that was great for beginners like my partner and I He is extremely knowledgeable about the craft and his passion is absolutely captivating Being outside and surrounded by so much greenery was also a huge bonus! Even in the pouring rain, it’s a calming, and cosy environment I can’t recommend the spoon carving course enough 10/10!
Jane Skelly - 6 August 2023
I really enjoyed this course. It exceeded my expectations. The tutor was excellent.
Michael - 30 July 2023
The workshop setting is lovely - you’re immersed in a separated area of the city farm with an intimate feeling. All tools and material were provided and Sam was a fantastic instructor; he was an attentive and patient teacher, and took his time to explain everything we needed to know to craft our spoons. I’d highly recommend this workshop!
Pete Crothers - 9 July 2023
Great class, and the instructor spends a lot of time with each pupil so you feel like you're properly learning
Adrian Whittaker - 9 July 2023
A very good course. Good surroundings, excellent tutor, well presented teaching, very well paced - not dragging but slow enough to be sure you got it and got it inside your hands as well as simply inside your head.
Sierra Highcloud - 9 July 2023
Wicked. Sam is a brilliant and chill instructor who gently guides and steers and what was a deeply memorable and engaging course.
Imogen Phillips - 3 July 2023
Bought as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! Said it was the best gift ever (which was definitely sincere) thanks guys!
Chris Newman-Day - 2 July 2023
The day was great. Learnt new skills in a lovely setting, and Sam was a very good and encouraging teacher. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Clare Killeen - 29 June 2023
A lovely way to spend a day. I've gone to two spoon workshops and can definitely see an improvement!
Kamden Hui - 27 June 2023
So much fun to learn carving spoon on site with the great tutor explaining several techniques clearly. The tutor looks after your progress of carving and build your techniques to make sure nothing go wrong. Highly recommend people who are interested in green woodworking to join this program!
Magda Bird - 18 June 2023
I absolutely loved this class. Sam was a brilliant teacher making spoon carving interesting, enjoyable and therapeutic. I’d highly recommend to anyone!
Abigail Leek - 13 June 2023
I had the most wonderful time creating a spoon at London Green Wood.. from Chip the robin.. who was with us whilst we carved, to being surrounded by trees in beautiful haven in the middle of Hackney and Sam the teacher who was extremely attentive…you could feel the love he has for carving and teaching.. Thank you very much! Im looking forward to becoming a member, so I can pop into this magical, tranquil place, in the middle of the city :)
Very informative, very fun, and an all round great day out. Highly recommend
Sarah - 21 May 2023
We had such a great day at the spoon carving class, really would recommend and definitely we would go again :) Sam was a wonderful teacher, calm, patient and kind, and made us feel very welcome. Loved the small class size, and the outdoor space. Lots of easy to understand instructions given, and we were really proud of the finished product! Thanks so much Sam!
francesca boon - 7 May 2023
Such a lovely day! I was very pleased with my finished spoon. Our tutor Sam was brilliant; he guided us step by step and helped when needed throughout. The workshop is held in a lovely garden and is perfectly sheltered if it rains which it did! As a complete beginner to woodwork, I found it simple to grasp as Sam demonstrated how to use the tools clearly. I’ll definitely return for a bowl workshop next!
Tim Ohlenburg - 1 May 2023
Good vibes and wonderful teachers! There's nothing like handling blades to take your mind off the rat race. I found their spoon making course refreshing and soothing.
Olivia Kent - 30 April 2023
Fantastic day learning how to carve spoons. Excellent tuition. Creative and therapeutic. Highly recommend.
Jess - 26 April 2023
Did the one day spoon carving with Sam and had such a fun day. He is a patient and encouraging teacher with a warm welcoming energy. Really lovely setting in the farm too, you almost forget that you're in central London, thank you for such a great experience :)
Edward Rees - 17 April 2023
Very enjoyable spoonmaking Saturday. Instructor was brilliant - clearly knowledgeable, great teaching skills, patient and non-patronising!
Madeleine - 9 April 2023
An excellent day all round! Can't recommend the spoon carving workshop enough. Sam, the teacher, was fantastic - friendly, informative, patient and worked well to everyone's pace. Lovely setting in the farm too. We learnt a lot and had lots of fun!
Anna Garside - 2 April 2023
I had a lovely day carving a spoon at London Green Wood on Saturday, with my friend. The space is a wonderful retreat from busy London, and had a lovely community atmosphere, complete with a very tame little robin who kept coming to see what we were up to. Sam was a very calm, methodical teacher and as a result each person made a rather beautiful, functional spoon by the end of the day. It was a joy to see them all lined up at the end.
Sarah - 24 March 2023
Great for those with no prior experience. Sam made sure to explain the whole process clearly and at a pace that everyone was comfortable with. He provided lots of encouragement and helpful tips throughout. Would thoroughly recommend!
honor richardson - 19 March 2023
loved it!! wonderful community
Daniel Raybould - 19 March 2023
Had a wonderful time on the Spoon Carving Worshop with Sam as our guide. Clear instructions, happy to answer questions and go over information again, with a calm and warm attitude. Shame it was a bit cold but that's London for you
Giulio Pocobelli - 19 March 2023
Rebecca - 19 March 2023
I did the one day spoon carving course let by Sam and it was exceptional. Sam is a very patient and encouraging teacher. The whole day was brilliant from start to finish in lovely surroundings. It was one of the best days I’ve had in years.
Galit Chayen - 12 March 2023
It was a great experience! Sam was simply an excellent guide who gave us all the necessary basics for carving a wooden spoon. Thank you✨
Amy Matthews - 12 March 2023
Such a great way to spend your Saturday! A really welcoming and helpful vibe from members and the tutors. GO and make a spoon!!
Rob Lake - 5 March 2023
A great day carving a spoon. Sam is a great teacher, the environment and atmosphere at Hackney City Farm are great, and the company was very congenial. I definitely recommend it.
Isabelle - 5 March 2023
A great day and excellent teacher.
Mak Rahman - 19 February 2023
Min - 13 February 2023
It was well taught and easy to follow the instructions. Thanks!
Ian Webster - 12 February 2023
Sam was a passionate, funny and skilful instructor. And we are now the proud owners of two new spoons!
Sarah - 12 February 2023
Amazing as always!
Sammie - 15 January 2023
Fantastic course - had a lovely day and came away with a spoon to be proud of. Sam was a great teacher who truly has a passion for teaching and imparting his love of wood working. Will definitely be back and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
Ian - 8 January 2023
Great course - Sam was a friendly and knowledgable instructor and the pace just right over the day.
Jordan - 8 January 2023
I bought this for my partner’s birthday, and we had such a good time. Sam is incredibly knowledgeable, shows amazing passion for his craft and was a wonderful teacher. He was aware of what was going on, provided help when it was needed, but allowed everyone to give each stage of the spoon carving a go before intervening if needed to provide some guidance. The location is lovely, the vibes are good, and I would recommend for anyone who wants to give making something a try.
Niall Denham - 18 December 2022
The spoon whittling course I took has been a highlight of 2022!! I loved it so much that I’ve gone on to buy my own spoon whittling kit and I cannot wait to apply my newly learnt skills and have a go at making a spoon.
Louis Drake - 11 December 2022
Such a lovely day even on the coldest week of the year!
Izzy - 11 December 2022
Had an excellent day out with my boyfriend doing the spoon carving course! Cold morning but was welcomed by a warm fire and tea and coffee! Sam was an amazing tutor, super helpful and patient, and made everyone feel really welcome! Learnt so much and will definitely be coming back for another London Greenwood course soon!
Francesco Stefani - 4 December 2022
Great experience to learn a new hobby and relax
Nicolette Baker - 21 November 2022
Such a fabulous day. Sam was a brilliant teacher - patient, kind, and fun. He explained things so well, so we felt safe using the sharp tools. Hackney City Farm a lovely location too - with great lunch options nearby, and the opportunity to see the animals in the afternoon break. I was also very pleasantly surprised with how my spoon turned out. Mostly thanks to Sam. Lots of laughs and a new skill is the best outcome one could hope for!
Corinne - 19 November 2022
Sam was a lovely instructor, taking time to help everyone. We had no experience but felt at ease on the course. The time really flew by and was a great experience - even in the wet weather! We would really recommend this for anyone looking to try something new in a safe and welcoming environment.
Emma Stell - 15 November 2022
Thank you London Green Wood for a wonderful break from routine. My day spoon carving was a real moment of respite I didn't even know I needed.
Fiona Randle - 13 November 2022
Another fabulous day learning how to carve a wooden spoon. Sam is an inspiring teacher and so helpful. This being my second time I appreciated the help in improving my skills and my spoon was much better! Thank you.
David Berrie - 8 November 2022
Oh my days this was amazing! loved it so much. Now all I want to do all day every day is carve green wood. Tutor was brilliant and explained everything very well. The location at Hackney city farm is beautiful and you feel away from the business of London. A really meditative, but also strenuous day facilitated by passionate wonderful people. Itching to sign up for the next one!
Rob Williams - 7 November 2022
Had a great day carving a spoon. Really good teacher, calm and supportive. Hoping to do another course soon.
Jordan Elboim - 7 November 2022
Another great class with London Green Wood. Sam was an excellent spoon carving teacher and it was a great way to spend a Sunday.
Sarah Simmonds - 6 November 2022
Such a great day learning to spoon carve. Super relaxing and meditative. My spoon is used everyday and I can’t wait to do another course - thank you!
Eulilee Brown - 19 October 2022
Brilliant class with a fantastic teacher. I really enjoyed making my wobbly spoon! Would recommend highly to everyone.
Isabelle Gore - 17 October 2022
Spoon carving workshop with Sam was just what I needed - a form of therapy after a long and difficult work week. Great instruction, lovely surroundings, fabulous weather too.
Steve Loftin - 16 October 2022
A really fantastic day. Very educational and left me with lots of new skills to practice on my own. Very enjoyable, good pace; well led by Sam the teacher. Properly brewed coffee available throughout the day was a bonus! Would highly recommend the course to anyone considering doing it - you won't be disappointed.
Meg Roper - 11 October 2022
A most enjoyable workshop. Sam's instructions were clear and empowering instructions and he cultivated an atmosphere that was both relaxing and invigorating.
Daisy - 3 October 2022
I bought this for my partner for her birthday and the two of us went together in early October. We had Sam who was such an interesting, calm and engaging tutor - showing us how to turn a block of wood into a spoon. He offered one to one advice and made us feel capable when handling new tools. I also loved the way he talked so reverently about the wood. I left feeling so light, best Sunday in a long time. Have the bowl making class on my mind…
Tom Richards - 2 October 2022
Thank you for a great day! It was very relaxing and very peaceful to sit and learn something new. It was a very good day.
Julien Dutant - 12 September 2022
Great class, learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves! I'll come again.
Rebecca - 4 September 2022
The Spoon Carving course was brilliant! Sam was a lovely engaging and friendly instructor who is also very attentive and has lots of time for you. I learnt a lot about working with wood and different tools as I made the spoon (which I am very proud of).
Fiona Randle - 4 September 2022
What an amazing day! Sam was such a good teacher - so knowledgeable and passionate about his craft and so patient with us beginners. I loved the process and I can’t wait to use the end result. Thank you.
Christopher Matthewman - 16 August 2022
A brilliant whole day course, full of practical advice and well-demonstrated techniques from the tutor (Sam, on our day). Recommended for anyone who finds pleasure in making things carefully and slowly; a calming distraction from City life.
Segun Lee-French - 15 August 2022
What a fantastic day! I did ask myself beforehand if a whole day dedicated to spoon carving might be a bit too boring. On the contrary, it was totally absorbing, very relaxing and inspiring. Facilitator was friendly, chilled out and a very clear instructor.
Megan Mann - 12 August 2022
An incredibly enjoyable and therapeutic experience. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try out new skills in a safe and welcoming environment.
mimi potworowska - 7 August 2022
A wonderful experience that has set my wood carving appetite on fire. Sam was a fantastic tutor, sensitive to each person's creative journey, with the perfect balance of support where needed, whilst encouraging each of us to risk finding our own way. I bought a knife and carried on at home the next day, and now I'm hooked (don't have a hook knife yet!). I look forward to doing the workshop intro course so can make regular use of this wonderful community under the trees. Thank you so much.
Esther - 7 August 2022
We had a great day carving spoons with Sam. No previous experience. Some of us keen to do more.
Galit Criden - 7 August 2022
Really wonderful day. Sam was great, the skills I have learned and the time at the workshop were truly great!
Deirdre Malynn - 7 August 2022
Great teaching, felt part of the group and real time for individual help and advice. One day spoon making really a fantastic introduction and I made a spoon! Looking forward to the next course. Huge thank you.
Yana Volnova - 17 July 2022
Great experience! Had a great time carving our spoons, Sam was very helpful and we enjoyed having him as our guide for the day. Loved the location, felt like being outside of London, working outdoors with all the big trees above you. Highly recommended!
Tom - 12 July 2022
Really great experience getting involved in some wood carving. Sam was a fantastic teacher with great patience and ability to lead a group. Highly recommend!
Richard Murray - 9 July 2022
It was great, thanks. Felt very welcome and looked after. I hope to come again soon.
Apollon - 23 May 2022
The workshop (spoon carving) was very nice and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The location of the workshop is quite noisy though, next to the main road. The day of the workshop there was also a party at the adjacent coffee place. So it was quite difficult to hear and follow the instructor at times
Margaret Roberts - 22 May 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners’ spoon making workshop. Sam was an excellent teacher. He was very patient and thorough.
Adrian Sill - 22 May 2022
Loved it, great group super chill environment and nice pace by a mild mannered tutor who knew his stuff!
Paul Greenhalgh - 17 May 2022
Great day making a spoon and learning how to use the axe, knife, and scoopy knife. Really recommend it. Good and patient teacher. 10/10.
Jim Hanmer - 16 May 2022
Really enjoyed my day of spoon carving and Sam was a great teacher
Michael Ellis - 15 May 2022
Very good, good learning, Jo was very helpful..
Sophia Cheema - 15 May 2022
I flipping loved this workshop.
Simon Moulds - 10 May 2022
A relaxed, interesting and enjoyable day, with an informative and knowledgeable trainer Will look to visit for one of the other courses
Anna Foxell - 9 May 2022
Loved this workshop! The setting is idyllic (we did strike lucky with the weather), under a canopy of trees at Hackney City Farm. Our teacher, Sam, was fantastic. Very clear, patient, calm and encouraging, I came away with something resembling a spoon and a host of new skills involving an axe and sharp blades. I've never done anything like this before but would definitely do again. Came away feeling quite sore (chopping and whittling takes its toll) but having had a very enjoyable escape from normal life kind of day.
Anna Clark - 14 April 2022
Brilliant workshop overall. Great tuition, lots of laughs and left with a lovely spoon!
Fleur Nash - 11 April 2022
We did the spoon carving course and it was wonderful! We were taught with great care and were amazed at being able to produce a spoon at the end. Would highly recommend as a great absorbing creative activity where you forget about all else apart from your wood and tool.
Casey Haaland - 5 April 2022
I did the spoon carving course with Sam on 5 April 2022. Course was really well run and Sam was an incredible instructor. He did a really great job giving advice and making sure everyone was comfortable using the tools but also letting us work independently. I had never done woodwork before and didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. I certainly felt the time fly by once I got into a rhythm and understand why people find it so relaxing. Would recommend this course to everyone
Mike Jones - 5 April 2022
A brilliant experience, highly recommended. You can watch YouTube videos all day but getting hands on with an experienced instructor who can guide you as the wood you're working on reacts to your actions is priceless.
Thomas Cuthbertson - 3 April 2022
Sam was very helpful, friendly and professional. He made the process of learning enjoyable and easy. Thanks Sam.
Jakub Miara - 31 March 2022
It was such a wonderful class! The space is great, Jo (our teacher) is lovely, knowledgeable and talented. The instructions were very clear and the suggestions during work really helpful. Could not be more happy!
Gray Morris - 18 March 2022
Wonderful day, Sam is a great instructor. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Beth Ingram - 13 March 2022
Brilliant course with Sam. Would definitely recommend. Went away with lots of tips for carving at home as well as a good course on the day. Very patient & knowledgable teacher.
Maisie Hoile - 10 March 2022
I bought this workshop as a gift for my dad for his birthday. We both loved it! Sam was a brilliant teacher, and I feel like we both learnt lots of new skills that I hope to use again in the future. I'm keen to sign up to another London Green Wood workshop now too.
Frank - 7 March 2022
Had fantastic day carving my spoon at London Green Wood. Sam was a star. Clear, effective and patient as a teacher. Would defo recommend to everyone !
David Gooden - 13 February 2022
It’s been over a week since I did the spoon whittling course. I haven’t stopped thinking how good it was! With patient, brilliant tuition I was able to create my own large spoon. I have since bought new tools for whittling and can’t wait to get started. (Please be warned this course may lead to a new hobby and is VERY addictive) I will definitely be back. Thankyou!
Jannicke - 7 February 2022
The course was really fun, and Sam was a great teacher, really patient and clearly passionate about carving. I went with my daughter and we both had a lovely time, it was great to have a whole day to fully immerse ourselves in a craft activity.
Andres Talegon - 12 January 2022
Awesome experience.
Anonymous - 11 January 2022
Great instructor, learned loads and really enjoyed it.
Joanna Drake - 10 January 2022
Really good fun. Sam was a very patient and knowledgeable teacher and even though it was January it was lovely doing it outside around a fire!
Sara - 12 December 2021
I spent a big portion of my day here carving my first spoon. (more to come I hope!) It was really cosy as we were outside and had a fire going. I enjoyed getting to know the other spoon carvers and Sam was an awesome tutor. I'm of course happy to have my very own spoon at home and I will definitely come back!
Jane - 3 December 2021
I really enjoyed this course, I hadn't done any woodwork before and it was great for beginners. Really friendly tutors who gave clear instructions and also encouraged me individually. Very relaxed atmosphere and lovely to be outdoors. Would recommend highly, a lovely treat.
Carole Robb - 3 December 2021
I had a really enjoyable day learning how to carve a spoon with a great mix of interesting people. The tutors were very knowledgable , patient and understanding- I only wish it was a longer day as I could have sat for hours whittling my spoon
Ben Gazur - 29 November 2021
This was a great experience. The instructors were encouraging and patient. Learning how to carve a spoon in such a lovely setting was incredible. Would highly recommend this course to others.
Louisa - 2 November 2021
Brilliantly taught course - took us through all the steps of making our own spoon out of poplar wood, including learning about the different tools needed. Lots of individual guidance given too. Lovely setting at Hackney City Farm and regular tea/coffee provided.
Malcolm Bonus - 29 October 2021
I was very disappointed, the noise from the traffic distracted from hearing the lecturer.
Alistair - 23 October 2021
Great introduction to greenwood carving in a super friendly environment. Get to learn how to use a small axe to shape your spoon blank, how to use a hook knife to create the bowl and safe carving techniques with a knife. Lots of new skills to take home with your new spoon. Thoroughly recommended.
Charlie - 10 October 2021
A really enjoyable day learning to use the tools. Excellent, and patient tuition which resulted in everyone in the small group finishing the day as the proud owners of a useable spoon. Highly recommended
Alice Spendley - 4 October 2021
I booked this class for my dad's birthday treat. We had an absolutely great time and would recommend highly. Sam (our teacher) was fantastic!
Lloyd Prosser - 4 October 2021
This is my third time at London Green Wood and once again it was once of the most fun experiences I have ever had. There is something special about sitting outside with some new and old friends and making something for yourself. Sam was a great instructor and I 100% want to return for more.
Martine - 3 October 2021
Amazing course. The tutor explained very clearly each steps such that I felt saved despite the sharp tools. He was patient and created a friendly environment. And I left with a nice spoon! I will definitely take another course.
Simon Thompson - 13 September 2021
The day long session covered all the basic safety and cutting techniques for a beginner. I had taught myself from online tutorials and demos so this day was a perfect top up to that. Ben and Sam were a great double act - teaching was relaxed and lighthearted. We had a gorgeous sunny day under the trees which helped too.
Joanna - 6 September 2021
Great day out – sore hands today, but am the proud owner-maker of a lovely spoon. :) Tutors were great, vibe very informative but relaxed. Definitely recommend if you fancy learning and doing something different.
Anonymous - 11 July 2021
Great day of learning something new. Nice relaxed atmosphere and instructors.
Philip Brentford - 5 July 2021
A really excellent, relaxing and fun day of learning new skills and working with wood with friendly and confident tuition
Rory - 3 July 2021
Thanks to the guys at Green Wood London for the excellent spoon carving course. I loved your teaching style, and especially enjoyed the axe work, superb. Many thanks, will be back in future
Oliver Foster - 28 June 2021
Great workshop in a comfortable and fun green space, brilliant and attentive tutors
Luke Brooking - 27 June 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed our spoon making day. I booked this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend. We were both relatively new to green wood carving, but our instructor Sam took us through everything clearly and was very patient and fun. We both love the spoons we made and now have a new passion for carving!
Terry Bateman - 26 June 2021
I have wanted to take part in the workshops for a long time and was hoping to booked lots more courses starting with the spoon making course. Unfortunately l did not read the e mail and turn up a day late, my mistake, l missed my class. As a supposedly community organisation l was very disappointed to be told that l could not redeem this , which to me seemed pretty mean and makes me feel reluctant to book other courses.
Rhonaliza Atkin - 14 June 2021
Really great session with both tutors. COVID spacing was good. Oversight and instructions was clear and helpful. Definitely booking another session and bringing a friend
Veronique Dupont - 7 June 2021
Great workshop!
Josh - 7 June 2021
Such a great space. Really knowledgable tutors. Lots of fun and we'll keep on spoon carving in the future!
Alice Wilson - 7 June 2021
This was the best day out (and we'd been waiting for a year because of Covid). Sam and Ben were great teachers, really patient and encouraging.
Jon Stokes - 7 June 2021
Welcoming, enjoyable and informative session. Sam is a great instructor, there was a good array of equipment for us to try, and the setting is really pleasant to work in. I'd highly recommend - thanks Sam and team
mimi - 12 May 2021
I enjoyed the workshop very much. I used to do some spoons at home, but this was totally different level. We got a chance to work with green wood, spoon carving tools and an axe, which i hadn’t tried it before (surprisingly it appreared to be a source of joy and satisfaction). It was an amazing day of learning new skills, designing and making my own spoon and getting to know some very cool people. Our instructors very informative, helpful and funny. The event took place in a nice, green and secluded corner of Hackney City Farm, it was hard to believe we were in central London. Highly recommended.
Anonymous - 6 May 2021
Loved it!
Ana Gallego - 19 April 2021
This spoon carving workshop was excellent and in a great location. Sam the tutor, took us through all the stages and at all times, taught us how to work with safe tools in a safe manner. A great way to spend a day creating something beautiful out of wood.
Emma Kennedy - 19 April 2021
100% recommend the spoon carving workshop at Hackney City Farm with London Greenwood. Bought the course as a present for my boyfriend and we had the best time. Sam was a great tutor and the group was lovely - the day flew by as we carved in the sunshine. The steps in the workshop were well explained and we came away really buzzed with our new spoons.
Gemma Champ - 18 April 2021
A really meditative class with some great new skills, and a great teacher. Came away knowing how to use an axe to carve a spoon - what more could you want?
Simon Whitelock - 18 April 2021
After having my booking date changed many times ( for understandable reasons ) I actually forgot the revised date and did not show. There was a refusal to rebook me which I did did not think very helpful. I was not asking for a refund just the same level of flexibility I had to show. Im sure the course was very good but as I was given the carving knives as a Xmas present Ill just teach myself !
Nora - 18 April 2021
Amazing experience in a wonderful spot in London, a relaxed and very knowledgeable instructor and using really great, safe tools. I cannot wait to continue practising and will definitely go back to London Green Wood to learn more. Thanks!
titus davies - 18 April 2021
My partner Titus gave this to me as a birthday present and it was one of the best gifts I’ve had. Sam is a wonderful teacher and his skill and love of his craft is so apparent. He created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the day. The day for me was a much needed de-stressor and I’d highly recommend it to anyone wanting some concentrated creative time in a safe and friendly atmosphere outdoors with an inspiring tutor.
Rebekah S - 17 April 2021
Had a great day. Our instructor Sam was amazing and made sure we all left with a spoon. Would definitely recommend this class.
Phoebe F - 17 April 2021
Amazing. The instructor, Sam, was very knowledgeable and upbeat. The spoon carving was very therapeutic, I'd love to go again!
Nathalie - 17 April 2021
I had an absolutely incredible time learning how to carve spoons. Our tutor Sam was really friendly, patient and attentive. Thanks to Sam, I was able to make a cooking spoon. Definitely found a new hobby after attending this course. 10/10 would recommend!
oliver - 12 April 2021
Great Spoon Carving workshop with Sam Alexander (from Green Wood Collective) at Hackney City Farm on Sunday. A thoroughly enjoyed birthday gift! Sam was thorough and patient in introducing safe axe, crook knife and carving techniques in an outdoor group setting. Thanks! Oliver
Ankit - 30 December 2020
The workshop was brilliant. Sam is really good at getting everyone excited for the day and helps with even the smallest details while carving the spoons.
Patricia - 22 December 2020
It was an awesome day! I learned a lot during the course and the environment and course mates where really pleasant. There was coffee, tea and a fire to warm us. Sam, our teacher was fun, excellent in relaying knowledge and very patient with us all. The day passed quickly and I already signed up for another course with London green wood.
Stella - 21 December 2020
Even under difficult COVID circumstances the workshop was well run, friendly, safe, and a good learning environment. I learned lots of new techniques and would go again.
Lughan - 12 December 2020
Great class. Very well led and enjoyable, in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. I look forward to taking another with them.
Rosie - 7 December 2020
Long session, taught many skills and techniques. More challenging than expected but Sam was a patient guide. A handout or step-by-step guide would be useful as a takeaway.
Ashleigh - 6 December 2020
Really fun class in a beautiful setting. Had never done any carving before but our instructor Sam made everything easy to follow and I've definitely learnt some new skills!
Hilary - 10 October 2020
Wonderful ‘outside in nature’ day workshop; totally absorbing & came away with a wooden spoon having begun with a log of wood - completed all stages! Satisfying & great activity done with my husband. Thank You Sam
Con - 5 October 2020
I had a brilliant time at the Spoon Carving Workshop. Sam, who led the group, was a brilliant teacher, along with being incredibly patient and lovely to us complete novices. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn some useful new skills. A great day :)
Nipti - 20 September 2020
Fantastic day. Highly recommend this workshop. Jo and Sam both great teachers. Would definitely come again.
Laura - 7 September 2020
A fantastic day - we learnt so much and Sam was such an engaged and patient teacher. I was so impressed with what everyone managed to take home at the end of it. Will definitely carve again!
Shaun - 6 September 2020
Lovely day; excellent, knowledgeable teachers. I had some experience already so they adapted the class for me to teach me something new. Lovely setting in the woods.
Lucy - 15 August 2020
Jo was a brilliant teacher, patient, clear and professional
Kim - 11 August 2020
This is my second course with Jo at London Green Wood. I cannot rate them high enough! The knowledge and skills that Jo shares with her students is A**. My last course, spoon carving, has encouraged me to further my skills and I am presently looking to book my third course (bowl carving) in the Autumn. You will not be disappointed!
amelia - 1 April 2020
my partner loved this workshop and now has the spoon carving bug
Jessica - 15 March 2020
A really great day outside carving some wood! A little tough going at times, but the teachers were always on hand to help you out and keep you on track. Would love to come back sometime and learn more :)
Paula - 20 October 2019
I had a great day, despite endless rain and a grey, miserable sky. Both teachers ( it was a big group) were kind, supportive and non-judgemental. I went to try out something new, learn new skills and have fun, which is exactly what I did. And I came home with a spoon/spatula of sorts - a lovely way to spend a Saturday.
Sarah - 1 October 2019
8 of us had a brilliant day in the peacefulness of Abney Park with two lovely tutors. They were clear, attentive, guided us well and differentiated to our different abilities and experience. Health and safety was great, none of us had any cuts. There were good tips on how to stand and sit while working, and we learnt a number of different carving techniques. They provided regular breaks with plenty of good coffee, tea and biscuits. It was a pleasure to work in company and at the end of the day we each came away with a hand carved wooden spoon! A day very well spent.
Linden - 6 August 2019
Great experience! Well taught in small group in a lovely setting . Really absorbing
Wendy - 22 July 2019
Had a brilliant day spoon carving with an excellent teacher. I feel so much more confident about using the tools and learnt all the techniques needed to work effectively and safely. Lots of fun in a great setting. I highly recommend it.
Deborah - 12 July 2019
We had a lovely day - learning a lot about our tools, varieties of wood and how to finish our spoons. It was harder than I thought it would be but Jo and Dave were very patient and helpful and we were all proud of our finished spoons.
Kristina - 7 July 2019
Wonderful atmosphere and great teachers!
Alice - 2 July 2019
Really enjoyed this course - the teacher was very friendly and patient and I came away with a decent looking spoon and looking forward to doing more
Katerina - 17 June 2019
A nice well spent!! Jo was great, a warm and welcoming person, showing us all this new stuff. Explaining wood, techniques, tools, making sure of our safety and dealing with each and every one to explain or advise on what we were doing. Lovely little team of people too. Highly recommended workshop!
Steven - 15 June 2019
A fantastic class. An excellent introduction to spoon carving in a lovely setting.
Jonathan - 15 June 2019
Great day, nice people, love the spoon.
David - 8 April 2019
Really fun day with lots of insights into the best techniques of how to whittle the perfect spoon. Thank you!
Juliet - 7 April 2019
A really lovely day spent with a small group of nice people, all carving wood. The campfire kept us warm, Jo kept us safe and we all came away with new skills and beautiful wooden spoons. Highly recommended.
Jennifer - 27 March 2019
I learnt to use special tools to turn a segment of a log into a fully useable kitchen spoon - with a corner to clean out the bottom of a pan! A perfect introduction to greenwood carving with left and right-handed tools to suit. Jo ensured we had a tool-talk for each new knife we used, and learnt safe and effective techniques to keep us safe whist carving our masterpieces.
Robert - 26 March 2019
I cannot recommend the spoon carving workshop with London Green Wood CIC highly enough! The one-day workshop was perfectly paced and allowed for learning and variation with the various tools and techniques. Jo was a brilliant teacher and leader of the workshop, offering friendly guidance, advice and helpful tips along the way. The location itself is really well set up for the group session and, as it is a working community workshop we were able to meet some local experts, and see some of their wonderful creations. I am very keen to sign up for their bowl carving workshop and have been inspired to get my own tools to continue spoon carving at home!
Georgie - 26 September 2018
Fantastic class! The tuition was brilliant and the setting was beautiful.
Serife - 4 September 2018
So happy to have achieved so much, Jo is an excellent and patient teacher. Class was relaxed but learnt lots about techniques. Can't wait to try out my new skills at home
Bee - 3 September 2018
Such an excellent workshop, I can't recommend it enough. You'll come away with a beautiful cooking spoon to feel proud of – and you'll be amazed at how quickly you transform a wedge of wood into a work of art. Jo is a really lovely and helpful instructor, very encouraging and helps you get the best from the course. Really recommend it.
Oliver - 1 September 2018
Really fun day of woodwork. Jo is great at making sure the course is informative but also fun. Came away with a great spoon and inspiration to do more!
Lottie - 1 September 2018
A really lovely day in a peaceful setting. Jo was patient and kind as well as being very instructive and helpful in ensuring we all got support and advice.
Matilda - 17 June 2018
Jo was such a fantastic teacher, clear, friendly, expert and patient. Using local wood was lovely and the setting is beautiful. Couldn't ask for more.
sean - 13 May 2018
A very enjoyable and fun day with a great teacher highly recommended! Sean
soomaiya - 13 May 2018
I had one of the best days ever at the spoon carving workshop. It was a really lovely day so it was nice to work outside. I was quite intimidated by the idea of woodwork but Jo made us really comfortable and had a lot of patience with me when I couldn't get the hang of the techniques. There was tea flowing all day which was great. I would love to come back and make another spoon to improve on what I've learned.
Vanessa - 12 May 2018
Amazing. I loved it.
Steve - 12 May 2018
This was a first class course which I would recommend to anyone.
Dee - 10 April 2018
It was a lovely workshop, Thank you very much X
Stephanie - 9 April 2018
It was great fun! Good vibes, good strong milky tea, good teaching, and good company. Would highly recommend it and for sure do it again!
Frances - 11 March 2018
We had a great day and the teaching was good. We had Jo as our main instructor and Julian and Dave assisted. They were skilled and experienced themselves and communicated well and with appropriate authority. The tools were good quality and everything was prepared beforehand for the session. The weather in early March was bearable outside, but I don't think sufficient warning that it was a day outside was given before booking. I think a venue with indoor space, even in a workshop or shed, is needed for winter courses. Thank goodness the weather had improved over the previous week! The afternoon went rather too quickly and we all enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.
trina - 10 March 2018
it was brilliant I learned loads and had fun
Jessie - 11 February 2018
Fun and thorough class with knowledgable tutors. Held in a rustic outdoor space with plenty of tea and coffee provided. It's quit physical and was pretty chilly in February, but it was totally worth it. Very satisfying day out :)
Marie - 11 February 2018
Really enjoyed my day, even with the cold and rain it was so worth it. Teacher Jo was great she gave you great encouragement and taught great skills. She had an assistant Dave who was very helpful and supportive as well. On booking I really did not think I would achieve a spoon by the end of the session, but I did and I am very proud of it.
James - 16 January 2018
A really enjoyable day with gentle attentive tutors, tucked away in a quiet little park in London. It really is a lovely thing to take a log of fresh green wood and chop, carve and whitlle it away into something you can use every day. A very friendly supportive and safe atmosphere is cultivated and I think everyone left very happy with their day's work. I'd imagine sales of axes, woodcarving knives and various guide books are boosted every time the course is run. Recommended.
Adam - 21 November 2017
Lovely warm and welcoming atmosphere. Super friendly. Very knowledgeable teachers. Great venue, nice to be outdoors, all the tools you could need. Nice shared lunch.
Laura - 16 October 2017
Belinda - 16 October 2017
I really enjoyed the Spoon Carving Workshop. It took place outside which in itself was a treat and the teaching was great. Jo was enthusiastic and very professional in the way she lead the class. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the day to a friend. Thank you.
Gemma - 16 October 2017
I had a great time learning to spoon carve yesterday! The gorgeous setting of Abney Park was the perfect backdrop to our class, and Jo's expert and friendly tuition kept us safe and enabled us to all come away with a usable spoon by the end of the day. It was all over too soon!
Laura - 16 October 2017
Emily - 26 September 2017
Spoon Carving workshop was great and had a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Abi - 26 September 2017
A great one day spoon carving course. The tutor was excellent, with lots of skills and techniques that she taught in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. After seven hours I had very sore hands but a wooden spoon that I was very proud of!
Charlotte - 25 September 2017
I'd highly recommend this workshop - fun, fulfilling, relaxing and delivered wonderfully by the patient, talented Jo.
Diana - 9 September 2017
We really enjoyed our spoon carving course with Jo. There were a total of 6 in the group which worked very well so we had sufficient guidance and attention.Jo was a calm, clear, cheerful teacher. The day was well planned and timed, for each part of the spoon process. Definitely recommend.
Rebecca - 21 August 2017
Fantastic day with Jo, a fantastic teacher who talked us through the basics of green wood, knife safety, tool handling & after some practice, on to make a wooden cooking spoon out of a wedge of newly axed Sycamore greenwood. Left feeling very inspired, happy & ready for more. Just give it a go!!
Madeleine - 12 June 2017
The course was excellent. Jo is a great teacher. She takes you through: how to use the tools safely and effectively, what tool to use - and when and how, and she makes it all great fun. Working outdoors with pots of tea on the go just makes it even better. Highly recommended.