A range of fun and relaxing wood carving workshops taking place at the Wilderness Gathering 2017.


With expert guidance and tuition, learn how to carve your own beautiful wooden art spoon or pendant in Giles Newman’s unique style with the simple, easy to learn knife techniques that he has developed. These spoon and pendant carving workshops are suitable for all levels of carving experience; whether you’re a newcomer to the world of carving or just looking to enhance and build upon previous experience. Learn how to create your own unique pieces of wood art with nothing more than a knife and a little imagination. An infinitely portable and transferable skill set (and toolkit) that will give you the freedom to carve creatively whether at home or out in the wilderness.

Art Spoon Carving Workshops

Friday 18th August – Full Day Workshop (10am – 5pm)

Encompassing the whole process of art spoon carving from sustainable wood selection and design principles to knife work, detailing and finishing you will gain a strong foundation of knowledge and insight into this traditional creative craft; a set of skills that you can easily adapt to carve almost anything. With a strong focus on Giles’ principles of working in harmony with, and understanding the characteristics of the wood, participants of this workshop will design and hand carve their own unique pieces to take away with them.
Tools and spoon blanks will be provided.

Sunday 20th August – Half Day Workshop (10am – 2pm)

A shorter version of the full day workshop (see above), this half day workshop focuses on design principles and knife handling techniques that work with the natural features and characteristics of the wood to create uniquely beautiful hand carved spoons that can be as artful and functional as you wish. Ideal for newcomers to carving looking for an introduction to the artform as well as for those with some experience of carving by knife already who wish to learn detail and decorative knife work techniques.
Tools and spoon blanks will be provided.

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Pendant Carving Workshops

Thursday 17th, Saturday 19th August (10am – 1pm)
Thursday 17th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th August (2pm – 5pm)

Learn to hand carve unique wooden pendants, develop knife handling skills and master decorative, detail carving techniques with just one knife. The only limit is your imagination. Tools, templates, necklace cord, fixings and a wide range of part-carved pendant blanks will be provided.

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