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!