Spoon Carving Workshops

An interactive and enjoyable introduction to spoon carving.  Under expert guidance from Monica Cass, let your creative juices flow as you select, cut, split, chop and carve your wood into a unique spoon.

  • Learn the basic skills required to make your own spoon from freshly cut green woods sourced sustainably on site.
  • Take home your creation at the end of the course with tips on caring for your item (e.g. applying waxes and finishes for a long-lasting product).
  • All tools will be provided to use on the day. A selection of axes, carving knives, gouges, rasps and hand saws are provided to trial and advice given on purchasing your own tools after the course.
  • Lunch is not provided, (bring a packed lunch for full-day courses) but coffees, teas and biscuits will be available on the day.
  • Please note this is an outdoor, all-weather course. Sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and layers are strongly recommended. A covered outdoor area will be provided in the event of rain and a fire pit will be lit in colder temperatures.
  • Suitable for beginners or people with previous carving experience
  • Due to the nature of working with axes, knives and other sharp tools, all students must be 18+ (or 16+ if accompanied by an adult).

Course Dates:

Saturday 7th March
Saturday 25th April
Saturday 23rd May
Saturday 27th June
Saturday 25th July
Saturday 22nd August
Saturday 26th September

 Course Prices:

9.30am to 1.00pm
£45.00 per person

9.30am to 4.30pm
£75.00 per person

Camp and Carve …. make a weekend of it!

‘Camp and Carve’ weekend –  A full-day spoon carving course followed by one night camping at Alderfen Marshes:  £99.00 per person.  Enquire / book

‘Camp, Carve and Canoe’ weekend – A full-day spoon carving course followed by one night camping at Alderfen Marshes and one day Canadian Canoe hire to explore the Norfolk Broads:  £125.00 per person. Enquire / book

2020 dates: Saturdays 25th April;  23rd May;  27th June;  25th July;  26th September.

Travelling light? Spacious 3 metre tipi tents and other camping essentials are available to hire from Alderfen Marshes.

"I highly recommend this course. My partner booked me on as a birthday present, a nice surprise. The location at Alderfen Marshes is beautiful, they are doing great stuff there to use the resources provided by the marsh. We got to have a little walk around at the start. I went in early spring, there was a nice warm cabin with a log stove for the breaks but we could work outside under a cover for when it was raining. The owners provided delicious cheese scones. Monica is a great teacher with a light touch, giving demonstrations and hints but also giving you the freedom to find your own way. She has also given support after the course helping me to get an axe sharpened in the right way. A warning that I'm now hooked on spoon carving, have bought various books and tools and have piles of wood shavings dotted around the garden. Don't go on this course unless you are prepared to be similarly affected".
MoCo coaching
Andy South