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Wooden spoon carving

Date:
9 March 2014
Tutor:
James Linford
Cost:
£80 inc. home-made lunch
Time:
10 - 4.30

Learn to carve a wooden spoon and a spatula, or butter knife, by the end of the day.

You can either borrow a knife and a crook knife, or you can buy your own here on the day so that you can continue working at home.

Wales is widely thought of as the place of origin of wooden lovespoons, although the earliest known example comes from Germany (1664).  The spoons may incorporate symbols of love, such as the horshoe (luck), a cross (faith), bells (marriage), hearts (love), a wheel (support) a lock (security), and others.  Scandinavia and Eastern Europe also have a lovespoon tradition.  They are often given as gifts to mark a special occasion.

There is no end to the variety of wooden spoon designs that can be created, from the most simple and rustic spoon to something extremely polished and ornate.  You will start your spoon carving with a piece of freshly cut ‘green’ wood.  Green wood is easier to cut than seasoned wood as the sap acts as a lubricant.  After carving, the wood dries and hardens.  During the course you will learn the safe and effective use of spoon carving knives, axes and crook knives.You will be able finish it off at home with sandpaper, when it has dried and ready for oiling.  By the end of the course you should have made several spoons or spatulas that you can use at home.  You will also be able to try a variety of spoon carving tools and get advice on what to purchase if you want to continue carving at home.

Warning – wooden spoon carving can be addictive!  This could be the beginning of a lifelong passion.

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Materials

A straight knife and a wooden spoon carving crook (if you have them)

Please let me know in advance if you would like to buy one here on the day for future use.

A small and very sharp axe (if you have one)

Sandpaper of various grades

What to Bring

Old and warm clothes

Strong shoes or boots.

 

Photos

Wooden spoons made by James Linford
Wooden spoon made by an ex-miner from Erddig, North Wales
A Welsh wooden spoon - a typical love-spoon
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