24th August Whisky Quaich making

Green woodworking courses. Physical, creative, and relaxing. No prior experience is needed and all tools and material will be provided.


Wooden Tom, Aviemore
(For price, check with provider)

This course is available on the Wooden Tom website.


Learn how to carve this iconic Scottish sharing cup. The unique two handled whisky quaich used traditionally for sharing whisky.

This is one of the more technical and physical courses so to get the most out of it, it is recommended you have done some woodwork before or at least used to working with your hands in other activities.  Either that or you just have bags of enthusiasm!  This is a great course to learn many of the grounding skills in one day which are transferable on to other carving projects.

Skills learned

  • Using an axe to accurately cleave wood
  • Correct use of the carving axe to rough out the shape of your item
  • Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife and gouge

Tools used

  • Carving axe
  • Saw
  • Carving knife
  • Gouge
  • Mallet

As much freshly made coffee or tea as you can take are included in the course cost.  At the end of the day there will be a chance to buy some of the tools you have used if you like.

All materials and tools are supplied. Though we never expect mishaps, Wooden Tom is First Aid trained and holds full Public Liability Insurance.

All courses are held in beautiful oak woodlands on the Inshriach estate, just outside of Aviemore. For more information on location and surroundings, see provider website.

For cancellations you need to give one months notice or no refund will be given.

About Wooden Tom

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As a way of avoiding the streets of Northern England growing up I found myself at every opportunity escaping the urban jungle and heading for the woods. I would make camps and whittle sticks with borrowed tools from my carpenter grandfather. This all undoubtedly was the start of my addiction!

Ever since, I sought to expand my knowledge by learning from experts in the field but mainly from lots and lots of mistakes!

In 2010 a job brought me to the Scottish Highlands working with the forestry commission where i fell in love with the Cairngorms. One of the defining features in this area are the clean white stems of the Birch trees, and it is with these trees i have my closest connection with carving. I use the wood for making various kitchen utensils although my main passion is making drinking vessels.

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