This regular class in spoon carving, introduces the art of carving with an axe, a knife and a crook knife. By carving a spoon, which is by nature a functional object and one we are all familiar with, we are free from the pressure of knowing what to carve and instead we can become familiar with the tools of this craft. As you gain confidence with the tools, you begin to build a relationship with small scale carving and understand the subtle and addictive qualities of this new hobby. We will use green wood, freshly cut with a high moisture content. This is a beautiful and easy way to carve wood. You are supported through the whole process and encouraged to explore carving in your own way and at your own pace. This is an exercise in slowing down and settling your attention. All tools and materials are supplied and at the end of the session you will have your first carving started. The course supports all levels of ability in a relaxed atmosphere. Your tutor Stephen Stockbridge trained as a sculptor and has been creating public artworks for over 30 years. The completed carving is donated to a school or community space. This is a rare opportunity to be a part of a creative team.
I'm director of Creative nature Hq, an amazing open access community workshop offering courses using sustainable and natural materials, exploring and supporting everybody's inherent creative nature. Our desire to make and connect with nature is supported with activities exploring carving wood, weaving willow. The scale of our work ranges from carving a wooden spoon to large monumental sculptures that our participants can be a part of, this work is donated to local charities and community organisations through our art adoption scheme. We recognise the joyful nature of sharing and making work together surronded by large scale natural materials, that radiate an atmosphere of calm set in an amazing artist studio set next to the river Thames in South East London next to the Thames barrier and opposite the Tate and Lyle sugar factory.
Hot drinks and buiscuits.
All tools are supplied including, axes, carving knives, gouges, mallets and saws.
A chance to visit a creative quater, a studio space that host the largest consentration of artist makers and designers in europe.
Come carve a wooden spoon together.