Spoonfest 5-7th Aug 2016 – SOLD OUT

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Spoonfest has everything that any spooncarver could ever desire: masses of green wood, lots of sharp tools to try out for free, the best carvers in the world doing free demonstrations and paid workshops, campfires, the spoon gallery full of inspiration, Spoonshop for spoons, tools and T shirts, free camping on site, local beer sold for charity, a wood fired pizza oven, a forge with demonstrations of toolmaking, all this with a wonderful festival atmosphere in the heart of the Peak District countryside.

Spoonfest Line Up

SPOONFEST lineup is getting too numerous to list, here’s who you can expect along with many many more! Some more will be added here in the coming weeks.

Barn Carder

Barn now runs London’s little spoon shop “Barn the Spoon” at 260 Hackney Rd, since moving into a little shop he has embraced new technologies! including braces and bits, pole lathes and water cooled grindstones! if there was ever a reason for a travelling spoon man to settle it was to get a workshop with a Tormek. Barn loves his beautiful hollow ground tools and is going to show you how to love it too, with a series of free demonstrations at Spoonfest.

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Yoav Elkayam
“I have been introduced to spoon carving and greenwood working almost 4 years ago while visiting friends in the UK, and got inspired to take it to the next step and my full day occupation after attending Spoonfest 2014 . For the past year I have been travelling abroad, between craftsmen I met along the way in order to improve my skills and eye for details & live closer to the trees and nature.
I will be teaching and showing safe & basic axe techniques for roughing out spoon blanks , and how to get them ready for the knife work.”


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Martin Hazell

Martin has been a dance band drummer, a grave digger and a trainee monk, but for the last 12 years he has been a full-time maker of baskets and spoons as well as teaching crafts part-time in a Christian Community for Adults with Learning Difficulties.

At spoonfest Martin will deliver a short talk on ‘The Hermit Spoon Maker; St Peter Damian and the Contemplative Tradition of Making’ and teach sessions on carving caddy spoons and scoops. He’s also the builder of our beautiful spoonfest wood fired pizza oven.


Simon Hill

“I have been working with green wood for over 10 years and I am passionate about using hand tools and traditional techniques to create functional but attractive items. From my years working as an Arborist I learnt about the qualities of the various timbers and how these qualities can be used in greenwood working. At Spoonfest I will be teaching decoration techniques including chip carving.”

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Paul Adamson

Paul was introduced to spoon carving during a course with a bushcraft company in 2004. This was at least one of the many things learnt that week that could be retained and practiced, due to the ease of working in a back garden while raising a young family. Working in Arboriculture for twenty years has led to many interesting pieces of wood being saved, and carved into all sorts of objects for the home and outdoors life he enjoys. His workshops will be safe and effective axe and knife use, and spoon decoration involving natural grain types, engraving, and paint.

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Jan Harm Ter Brugge

Jan Harm is a spooncarver and productdesigner/teacher from the Netherlands. He picked up spoon carving as a design activity in 2004, looking for a simple and direct approach to design humble products that matter for people, both in a visual- and ergonomical aspect.
Being a student in one of Wille Sundqvist’s last workshops in Sweden influenced his style and view about spoons and teaching.

At this year’s spoonfest Jan Harm will be teaching ‘drinking spoons’ and little scoops. And maybe a lecture on ‘Nordic chip carving’.


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Sean Hellman

“Do you struggle with sharpening? I certainly did. I wished that someone had taught me from the beginning with sharpening theory, for example: what bevel angles are, and then how to achieve the correct angle for the tool being sharpened. I got snippets of well-intended advice but it was often contradictory and never shown with a practical hands-on demonstration. Decades later having experienced sharpening possibly all types of edge-cutting tools, and from teaching sharpening to edge-tool users, I have honed my skills and can explain the theory of sharpening and how to sharpen well.”

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Steve Tomlin

Steve again dons the cap of the Spoon Doctor: Help and advice for the most common carving complaints. We will be looking at the areas of spoon carving which cause the most problems: the curve between bowl and neck, achieving a knife finish, symmetry, smooth bowls and more.  Bring your personal problems for professional help.

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Adam Hawker

Adam became hooked on spoon carving some years ago and has been fortunate to learn from some of the best carvers out there. His work is predominantly influenced by the traditional Scandinavian style and he often adds the customary kolrosing detail to the handles. He is a green woodworking teacher, but his greatest passion is spoons and the never-ending quest for the perfect balance of form and function.

Adam will be teaching workshops on kolrosing and a second workshop on how to improve your carving technique using his methodical approach.


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Ruth Pullan

“I am a leatherworker based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. I specialise in traditional hand stitched work, using only British sourced materials. I love passing on the skills I have acquired to date and delight in giving people the real sense of satisfaction and self sufficiency by having made something completely by hand.
I will be running workshops on making axe sheaths for Robin Wood’s axes and knife sheaths for MORA carving knives, 106 and 120. I will also be running a couple of free drop in sessions on pattern making for your own axes and knives.”

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Jane Mickelborough

“I am particularly fascinated by wooden spoons – what appear to be simple, everyday objects are, in fact, very subtle three-dimensional shapes. So making a wooden spoon that is both beautiful and functional is a real challenge!”

Axe-out an eating spoon blank:
Fed up with finding that you havent enough wood left in the right places?
Not sure how to get that sexy side curve in your spoons?
For answers to these and many more important questions, come and learn to axe a blank!

Decorate your spoon with engraving and hard-wax infill:
A traditional decoration technique used on old Breton spoons

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Harry Samuel

Harry trained with Barnaby Carder, worked with The Green Wood Guild and is currently training at Cherry Wood Project. He will be leading Parent/Child workshops, teaching the safe way to use an axe and a knife. There will be a day by day progression from a tent peg, to a spatula, a butter spreader and finally a spoon. The parents can then go on to facilitate their child’s future carving antics! Harry has worked with kids across the UK and in parts of Asia and Africa and is passionate about passing the craft onto the next generation.


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JoJo Wood

JoJo has been carving from a very young age, grown up with “wood culture” and learnt from most of the best carvers internationally. She carves very precisely balanced spoons and is highly proficient with axe and knife. At spoonfest she will be teaching axe efficiency – you don’t need to be strong to use an axe! She will also be running an eating spoon masterclass.

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Workshops cost £10 each paid direct to the tutor and can not be booked in advance. They have to be booked when SPOONSHOP opens in the morning which means if you desperately want to do a particular workshop you need to get in the queue early.

On the Friday there will be lots of beginners classes focussing on the techniques of using axes and knives and discussions about timber. On Saturday and Sunday there will be more  intermediate and advanced classes. Most workshops will be repeated Saturday and Sunday so if you miss out Saturday you get a second chance to book early Sunday.