I learnt spoon carving - it was great and to come away with 2 spoons on the first day! The only drawback (no pun intended) was that no lunch was provided. Well worth it though and watch out as it's quite addictive!
A day carving my first bowl taught me so many new woodworking skills earlier this year. A really satisfying project and now I have a beautiful birch wood bowl that is much admired at home.
The teaching was methodical, with step by step instructions using new tools for me. It was also great fun to spend a day in the company of craftsmen passionate about working with wood.
This course was fabulous and left me wanting to carve more bowls (which i have since managed to do!). We began with half a 'green' log and were taught how to use gouges, axes and adzes to turn the log in to a bowl using traditional green woodworking methods. The tutor was very patient, friendly and relaxed and took you through each stage of the process step by step. The workshop is a great space within Stepney City Farm and there's a cafe on site, although coffee / tea and biscuits were provided on the course.
I was so very pleased with my bowl and would highly recommend this course.
I've taken the Axe Making and the Bowl Carving courses at the Green Wood Guild and they are both AWESOME! The Axe Making course is super exciting - working through all the steps to shape the axe head after it's been heated up red hot in the furnace (scary but totally safe), then tempering, sharpening then carving and fitting the handle. It's the coolest thing!
The bowl carving course involved using some really interesting tools too.
The teachers are all very relaxed and knowledgeable which is nice. The venue is also lovely at lovely location on Stepney City farm. There's a cafe for lunch and a delicious food market on Saturdays.
Give it go! You know you want to ;)