Would you like to make your own spoon?

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We‘ve been showing friends and family how to make their own spoons, and they have loved it! We would like to share the joy of spoon carving with other people. Interested?

Who can come to our workshops?

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Our one day workshops will be aimed at the absolute beginner aged 14 years and up (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult). We will take you through how to be safe, how to make a billet and how to carve a beautiful cooking spoon

Workshops for 2019

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We are planning to provide one-day beginner’s workshops for up to six people starting in spring 2019. If you are interested, please subscribe on our Homepage to receive information on workshops. We want to keep it affordable for everyone, so we are planning to charge £60 per person which will include refreshments with attendees bringing something for a shared lunch.


Beginner’s Workshop details

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Pricing

The price for our workshops (up to 6 people) is £60 per person for a whole day starting at 10:30-5pm. Complementary refreshments will be provided, teas and coffee and a light lunch served from the Hedgehog Cafe caravan (situated in our garden). Donations are appreciated for lunch and refreshments (suggested donation is £5 per person). There is no charge for helpers or personal assistants attending with people with disabilities. We have a family member with a physical disability, so the caravan has safety steps and our ground floor bathroom and front door steps have handrails. We also don’t charge for non-participating adults who come with children between 14-17 years old.

Date of the next workshop

The  next  workshop  will be  held  at  the Gosman  Spoon  Co  workshop  in  Fersfield, on  13th  October and on  10th November 2019. Courses are for the whole day and run from 10:30am  -  5pm

Workshop structure

The day involves:

* An introduction to the greenwood [trees and types of wood for carving]

* How to use axes and cutting tools safely

*  Sharpening axes  and  knives

* Axe and knife techniques

* Technical overview of the carving process 

* Carve your own cooking spoon

Lunch

* Carve your own cooking spoon, continued

* Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!

Payments

Payment can be made by cheque payable to: Nicolas Gosman

Or by BACS:

Account name: Nicolas Gosman

Sort code: 401918

Account no.: 91570730

FAQs & tools information

 1. Can I bring my dog or other pets? Guide or help dogs are welcome, however, please leave other pets at home, sorry. 


2. Can I bring non-participating children under 14? Nursing mothers and parents with babies are welcome, however, we are unable to provide crèche facilities for toddlers and children under 5.  All  children under 18  must  be  accompanied  by  a  parent, gardian  or  other responsible  adult over  18.


3. Are there hazards I should be aware of? Our workshop is in a sleepy village in rural Norfolk, however, there can be fast moving farm vehicles in our lane, we also have an ornamental pond in our garden.


4. Is there parking available? There is space for 3 cars in our car park, other vehicles will need to be parked in the village lane.


5. Will tools be available at the workshop? Axes, knives  (straight  and  curved), a draw knife and a froe will be available for all participants. However, if you have your own carving knife and axe,  or can  purchase  them before  the  workshop, please bring them along.


6.  Where  can  I  buy  tools?  You don’t need much  equipment to carve  spoons.  All  you  need  is  a  straight  knife,  a  curved knife  and  a  small axe.  We  recommend the  following:


Straight  carving knife:  Opinel  Carbone,  No.  07  available from  quality hardware  stores  is  a  very  sharp  and strong blade  for  the  price


Curved  knife  to  carve the bowl  of  the spoon:  we  recommend the Mora  163S  vailable  on Amazon


Hand  axe : a standard small  kindling  splitting axe  can  be  obtained from  any  quality harware store.  A  wooden haft is  better  than  plastic  or  resin  as  plastic can  get  sweaty  and slippery with  prolonged use.


Starter  kits  (straight  and  curved knives):  http://www.woodlandcraftsupplies.co.uk


Carving axe:  The blade of  a carving  axe  is honed  to  provide  the  best  cutting  tool  for  carving  and  the haft  is  optimally  balanced  to  reduce fatigue  during use.  For  quality  and price  for  the  beginner,  the  Robin  Wood  carving  axe  is hard  to beat:  https://wood-tools.co.uk/tools/the-robin-wood-axe


7.  Will tools be available to buy at the workshop? If you would like to buy an axe or carving knife at the workshop, please let us know three weeks before the workshop so we can have it ready for you. 


8.  Will personal  protective clothing  be needed?  Whilst  extreemly  sharp , the  safe  use of  carving  tools  is  the  best  way  to  avoild  injury,  however,  we recommend that   parents  or  guardians   purchase  safety  gloves  for  participants  aged  between  14-17.  We  reccommend ‘No  Cry’  safety  gloves : https://nocry.com

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Advanced spoon carving techniques

Additional Information

About the Course

The workshop involves:
* Sharpening axes and knives: techniques & equipment recommendations
* Creation & use of the draw horse & safety chopping block
* Mark out and carve your own eating spoon with a canted bowl
* Aftercare of your spoon which you take away with you!


The price for our workshops (up to 3 people) is £20 per person for 2 hours. Day and timing is by arrangement with the participants. Complementary refreshments will be provided, teas, coffee and cakes served from the Hedgehog Cafe caravan (situated in our garden). Donations are appreciated for refreshments (suggested donation is £3 per person). There is no charge for helpers or personal assistants attending with people with disabilities. We have a family member with a physical disability, so the caravan has safety steps and our ground floor bathroom and front door steps have handrails. We also don’t charge for non-participating adults who come with children between 14-17 years old.

Learn More

This  on-demand course is  available  by  arrangement.

Find out more & book online

Testimonials & awards

Awards for our courses

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Our Beginner’s Spoon Carving course has just received a Bronze Award for its excellent reviews by participants!

Workshop participants feedbacks

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BEGINNER’S SPOON CARVING:

I had a wonderful time on this course. Nick and Sophie were excellent tutors - really knowledgable but patient and relaxed with us beginners. I'm really proud of my spoon and the lunch was delicious! Thank you for a lovely day! - Helen


Many thanks for a great day... Have seen many youtube videos but nothing beats actually first hand instruction and guidance. I strongly recommend visiting Nick and Sophie's workshop where you will come away not only with your own wonderful spoon, but the enthusiasm to make many more... Thank you both.... Steve..

Dance Camp East last night bonfire

Gosman Spoon Co workshops at Dance Camp East 2019

Dance Camp East, a transformative celebration of life & creativity in the heart of Suffolk

The Gosman Spoon Co  will be  providing  spoon  carving, and  bender-building  workshops  at  part of  this years’s  Dance  Camp East  comminity  camp  and festival.  The  contents of  these  spoon  carving workshops  will  be  the  same as  the  beginner’s  workshops and  tools  will  be available  for attendees to  use.  Dance  Camp East  is more  than  just  a festival, it  is  a  transformativ e experience  and Campers  often talk  about  the peace  they  take  away  with them at  the  end  of  camp. This  year you  can  also  take  away  your ver y own  spoon  and the  skill  to  make you r own.  How sponififul  is that!

Learn More

Why not  take  the  plunge  and  come to Dance  Camp  East  this  year?  The  organisers  keep  the  ticket prices  low and  concessions are  avaiable,  check out  the  Dance Camp  East  website  by  clicking the action  button  below.

Find out more and to make a booking for dance camp

Training materials

To support our workshop training programme we are uploading picture series, training videos and drawhorse plans for you to download

Marking out (JPG)

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Marking out II (JPG)

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Axing into the marking out (JPG)

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Mounting the billet (JPG)

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Starting the cant (JPG)

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Creating the cant (JPG)

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Creating the cant II (JPG)

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Axing the handle (JPG)

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Axing the handle II (JPG)

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Axing the cant III (JPG)

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Marking out the back (JPG)

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Axing in the back (JPG)

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Edging the bowl (JPG)

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Champion the Lumber Horse (pdf)

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Chopping block construction (pdf)

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Sharpening kits

Sharpen your knives & axes

Keeping  your  tools  sharp  is  an  essential  part  of  spoon  carving.  to  make  it  easy,  we  sell  handy  sharpening  kits.

sharpening kit contents

The  kit  consists  of:

1.  Three  perspex  sharpening  boards

2.  Four  pieces  of  self  adhersive  abrasive  film  of  800  grain

3.  Four  pieces  of  self-adhesive  abrasive  film  at  1,200  grain  

4 . Four  pieces  of  self-adhesive  abrasive  film  at  2,500  grain.

Buy your kit

Price of one kit: £24 + £4 postage and packing.


If you would like to buy a kit, just send us an email with your name, address saying how many kits you would like. Once we have received payment (bank details below) we will send you your kit.


Account name: Nicolas Gosman

Sort code: 401918

Account number: 91570722


Send us a message to request a kit