Greenwood spoon carving with Annie Slack

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About this course

This course is a short weekend with a timetable variation: 10am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.

Design and carve a wooden spoon from a greenwood log using hand tools and knives. Learn about different spoon shapes and their uses, and the steps needed to find these shapes in the carving process.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to give an overview of spoon carving with greenwood (unseasoned). You will come away with an understanding of how to transform a greenwood log into a functional wooden spoon.

We will look at different spoon shapes and their uses. What is a ‘crank’ and why is it essential when making an eating spoon? How would you create a balancing scoop? We will look at the steps needed to find these shapes in the carving process.

You will create your own design template and then use an axe to make a spoon blank from a green wood log. Using knives, you will carve the blank to create and refine your spoon.

The course will cover the essential safe techniques for both axe and knife work. Due to the risks inherent in using sharp knives and axes, it is essential that all attendees are able to take instruction and have strength and stability in their hands.

The tutor will discuss the qualities and advantages of different types of wood appropriate for spoon carving. She will look at how different woods are affected by different finishing techniques and make some experiments of your own. The basics of tool sharpening skills are also covered.

Spoon carving is an immersive activity. It requires and offers great focus and an opportunity to master something truly rewarding. Please advise the Bookings Office if you need left or right handed tools.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all timber and loan hand tools (carving knives and axes) for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring a pencil
  • Covered footwear is essential

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open-toes or sandals). Safety boots, if specified. This course involves the use of sharp hand tools in close proximity to the body. Full demonstration and tuition will be given for their use but a calm, patient and focused attitude is essential for the safe practice and wellbeing of the group. Tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in this workshop.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

General Information


Annie Slack

Annie is a designer working in local greenwood in Sussex. She sells her work in the United States and the UK. With a background in silversmithing (BA Hons) from Camberwell College of Art and a Masters from The Cass, London, she has also worked as a furniture and lighting designer. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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