Apparently my family find it difficult thinking of presents for my birthdays, which is strange because the other 364 days of the year I find it it really easy to find things to buy for myself! This year was the same and I was struggling to produce a wish list for them, until I noticed a Tweet advertising a day on how to carve a wooden spoon with axes & knives. This went immediately to the top of my list and on my big day I was so grateful that it was amongst my presents…
The course is run by Neith Art & Sculpture; Kim Neith Thompson and Rob Neith Nicholson. Both artists who work mostly with wood, especially using chainsaws to create large wooden sculptures. They work across the country and have even been commissioned by Royalty carving a large sculpture for Glamis Castle. They also specialise in creating unique carved wooden spoons, which they sell from their website.
They also run workshops for local communities and schools, plus small groups learning specific skills, like carving a spoon out of wood.
My class was held in Martin’s Wood, Owermoigne and with the threat of rain Rob had a tarp on hand and a roaring fire on the go.
Rob certainly knows his stuff on all things wood, he talked us through each stage of the process to create a spoon. He even had a blackboard to highlight techniques and how each of the tools work.
We started off by practising with the axes, these are no ordinary axes, these are razor sharp and safety was paramount.
Then onto the knives, these are so sharp you can shave with them, so again Rob showed us how to safely handle them and the different ways to carve with them.
We then cut our blocks of wood that would be used to make our spoons. There before me was a block of fresh Goat Willow and Rob said “Just visualise how you want the spoon to look and follow the grain”. I was blank, but managed to scribble a rough spoon shape onto the wood and away we went.
Rob slowly took us through each step of the way and before my eyes, my spoon started to appear – I was amazed, because my DIY/artistic skills aren’t very good at all.
It was now down the fine carving and the fiddly bit of carving out the bowl, but after 3 hours my spoon was almost complete – just a few more final touches…
What a great experience and one that makes you appreciate how much hard work goes into handmade goods. Three unique carved wooden spoons; Dizzy’s at the top, mine is the one in the middle and for comparison, Rob’s is the one on the bottom..
If you fancy a day carving your own spoon or you have a large lump of wood you would like carved contact Kim & Rob, because they are the pair that can….
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