Introduction to Nordic woodcraft 3rd May

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

Provider

Wooden Tom, Aviemore
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This course is available on the Wooden Tom website.

Description

Learn Scottish woodcarving traditions in the forest at Inshriach, close to Aviemore. Perfect for complete beginners.  You will learn how to select the right wood, safe use of tools and how to finish your item.  You will spend half a day learning to be confident with the carving axe and knife (the main tools of this activity) whilst making a butter spreading knife. With expert tuition from Wooden Tom, you will be guided to safely use hand tools such as a knife and axe to create your own  Highlands kuksa cup or whisky quaich to take home.

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 butter knife
  • Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife

Tools used

  • Carving axe
  • Saw
  • Carving knife
  • 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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