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Spoon & Bowl Carving with Maurice Pyle of the Woodsmith Experience

April 22 @ 10:00 am - April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Spoon Carving at Laya Point Permaculture, Duddon Valley, Lake District, Cumbria

Come and carve a spoon & bowl in the beautiful Lake District

P1030467Spoons and Bowls, Kielder Castle, June 2014 (21) (1)Spoons and Bowls, Kielder Castle, June 2014 (37)

Carving a spoon, ladle or scoop from a split piece of green round wood is an immensely satisfying and creative process, crafting an item of practical use, bringing joy every time you use it.  They also make fantastic gifts, if you can bear to give them away!

By working with the grain, freshly cut wood reveals itself as a strong and flexible material, easily worked with a few sharp tools.

We’ll use local native hardwoods such as birch, sycamore and alder.

During these two enjoyable days in the beautiful and wild fell surroundings of the Lake District we’ll consider the unique properties of spoons made from green, unseasoned wood, working safely on simple designs using hand tools such as carving axes, straight carving knives and crook knives.

Bowl Carving with Maurice Pyle at Laya Point

Wood carving tools

We’ll use tools hand-made by such eminent makers as Gransfors Bruks, Hans Karlsson, Bo Helgesson, Ben Orford and Svante Djarv.


A range of working techniques and grasps will be taught with the emphasis on safety and control throughout.

On the Saturday we will learn about the craft of spoon carving and on the Sunday we will practice bowl carving techniques. During two days it should be possible to make at least one spoon and bowl, however the most important thing you’ll take home is the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to continue making beautiful spoons and bowls in safety.

Maurice Pyle teaching at Laya Point in the Lake District

Green wood carving craftsman

Maurice has been a professional green wood craftsman and tutor for more than 20 years. He is a skilled and patient teacher, inspired by Norwegian and Swedish design and techniques, his passion, enthusiasm and authority on the subject will certainly come across on this course. He belief is that the form and function of spoons and bowls should receive attention in equal measure and inspire us to use them and also to make us smile. Maurice runs a wide range of courses from his County Durham workshop at Beamish Museum (www.woodsmithexperience.co.uk).

Max number of students per day 7.

Saturday 22 April – hand-carved wooden spoons : Cost – £110

Sunday 23 April –  hand-carved wooden bowls : Cost – £110

Both days include an organic whole food lunch
Cottage accommodation available (see Staying with Us) 

Spoon & Bowl Carving with Maurice Pyle of the Woodsmith Experience


April 22 @ 10:00 am
April 23 @ 5:00 pm
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