Plans have been afoot for a few months this year but I have just double checked everything and have updated the events page with the markets and course dates that are booked.
Static course dates have been something that I was trying to avoid thinking that a flexible approach would be more accomodating. However, it's turning out to be a better to blend these two approachs together. To this end I have nominated one Saturday a month for a course to take place on. To keep offering the flexibility I am also open to arranging dates on a flexible basis for those unable to make the set dates.
If you'd like more details on any of the events listed or to discuss a course booking, get in touch.
Using bent branches for spoons is a great approach. It connects you with the grain and forces you to work within the constraints of the wood to release the spoon. In the same way it's possible to use curves in tree trunks to influence the form of the spoon.
By teaming up with friend and fellow carver Lee Stoffer, we're offering you the oppurtunity to learn about carving spoons from bent timbers. To have enough time to do the topic justice we're offering a weekends course at the Oneday Woodcraft site in West Berkshire. The main aim was to provide the space, tools and materials for students to be able to learn from our experience in an informal teaching setting.
It's an exciting oppurtunity to learn from two instructors with access to a range of tools and materials. Wood wise I have hazel and hawthorn cut and a whole birch tree to pick over for crooks. Lee will have scorps to try and I have a batch of reconditioned axes to try.
So there's less to take your mind off spoons we are supplying breakfasts and lunches and including a camping pitch on a soft level mossy lawn next to the workshop! When it's too dark to carve we'll have the stars and campfire to enjoy.
If you're interested in coming on this course of have further questions, contact me via the website!
Well, March already! The evenings are lighter, the weather's fair for the time of year in West Berkshire and my mind is turning to what the rest of the year might hold.
The website has had a small spring clean and 2015 market dates are being prepared.
More exciting news in being accepted to be a speaker for the Berkshire WI groups. Following the 'audition' meeting in front of 100 wonderful ladies bookings have been coming in for the whole year and now into the next.
Course bookings are starting to come in too with two exciting weekend long courses in the pipe line for previous students and another with a carving friend - more info to follow.
Whilst preparing for courses I took a foray into tool restoration with some pleasing results so I can see this developing over the year - provided the 'heath robinson' sanding disk stays where it's meant to!
Also - finally - spoons in the folksy shop! Definitely more of this to come so watch this space..
Teaching - or more accuratley, tuition - is something that I've done in several guises over the years and recently teaching green wood craft skills.
This summer saw the creation of my woodland workshop on a private site near to where I live. The workshop is a space to store my benches in the dry with space to work and teach from.
In addition I have listed my Introduction to Spoon Carving course on CraftCourses.com -
The website has seen some updates released today (and spelling corrections..) to include a new course page linking to Craft Courses and detailing other course topics possible by arrangement.
The Shop got a minor overhaul to include offering Course Vouchers. The Folksy shop remains unstocked which I know is a bit of a sin but I need to improve how I go about my photography before it's ready to go!
Course bookings are coming in and dates for this year are all but allocated. Dates for 2015 however are wide open so for the best choice, book early!
If you'd like to know more about Course Vouchers, Courses and dates or anything else (like spelling mistakes), get in touch via the links or via the Contact page.
New dates have been uploaded to the events page! It's a busy schedule until the end of the year but there are still a few days left over to make things or take some late tuition bookings.
Check out the events page to see where I will be next :-)
If you'd like more details about any of the markets, let me know.
So today the car's been in the garage and I've been given the chance to sit down and complete a few jobs.
First on the list was to test some website building sites. Having never been able to get on with WordPress I settled on Weebly. I've been really impressed with the feature set and the ability to lay out pages. Going Pro looks like a necessity to get the features I want but I'm happy to stump up for something that works as it should!
After the admin I got some axe time. People keep buying my whale scoops so got two more of those under way. Having used a sycamore branch with an off centre pith I got some nice deep scoops and a thinner section which became a serving spoon blank.
The next piece of timber to get some attention was a knotty piece of shrub- who's name I forget - which a fellow stall holder gave to me from her garden. The knots meant that I couldn't get much from it. Additionally, as it had dried it had ripped tears down the length of the branch which is fairly unusual and something I hadn't seen this extreme before. I did however manage to get one crook which will hopefully become a short handled serving spade. Watch this space and we'll see if it cracks.
After collecting a hire car it was time to do some carving so as the rain bounce off the awning I sat in the dry carving the whale scoops.
Photos to follow!