Last year I ran a spoon carving course at Combe Mill which was a great venue for the activity. We worked outside under the shade of a veteran willow tree and by the banks of the Evenlode. The cafe and facilities of Combe Mill were available for us, and the echoes of many hundreds of crafts people working the Mill in generations past guided our hands as we shaped green wood into a wonderful variety of spoons.
I enjoyed it so much (and I hope the participants did as well!) that I’m running another course on Saturday 7 July 2018 and bookings are now open here. We’ll have a good selection of spoon designs to inspire and books and tools. I’d be so pleased to see you there!
I’ll be sharing the course fees with Combe Mill and also the Wychwood Project who I’ve teamed up with to support their education programme and campaign to maintain traditional countryside skills. The Project also organises the Wychwood Forest Festival. The Festival happens this year on Sunday 2 September 2018 and I’m planning to run some drop-in hands on whittling sessions there. If you are within striking distance of West Oxfordshire save the date!