Introduction to the pre-fest courses
Spoonfest is a fantastic sharing of skills and great fun but the workshops are just short taster sessions. If you really want to learn then you need longer.
Since we have some of the best spooncarvers in the world coming we thought we should get them here three days earlier and offer the chance of a course. Not only will you have the enjoyment of learning with a small group from a master carver you will also be sharing the Spoonfest site with 4 other courses so we all get to see what the other tutors are up to as well.
Courses cost £275 including all materials. All courses run 2pm-5.30pm on Tues 1st Aug and 9.30-4.30 on Weds and Thurs. Free camping on site is included, as is a good lunch each day and lots of tea and coffee. The fires will be going in the evenings for folk to cook over or often there’s a large group goes to eat at a local pub. There are limited shower facilities.
We have big shared lunchtime meals and can see progress in all the classes, almost 5 classes for the price of one. I always love turning up to a festival early and seeing the site build up and then all the visitors arrive, for the folk who come on these special courses the atmosphere is great.
Pre fest courses are aimed at folk who can already use the basic tools rather than absolute beginners. There will be some tools available but we hope many folk will be able to bring their own tools.
Anja is one of the best and most innovative carvers in Sweden. Her carving and particularly the painting of the work adds a joyful dimension. Her work is rooted in traditional techniques but goes off into many new unexplored places. She does not consider herself primarily as a spooncarver yet she carves some of the best spoons we have seen, she is also a warm and inspirational teacher. See some of her work “The Amazing Woodwork of Anja Sundberg“.
Is the head woodwork teacher at Saterglantan, the national folk craft school in Sweden, she has taught woodwork classes there since 1998. Beth is perhaps best known in the UK for her wonderful carved bowls but her spoons are equally wonderful functional sculptures. As Beth says the beauty of a spoon is that it is so simple and yet so complex. We are delighted to have Beth joining us at Spoonfest for the second time.
Jane has been a inspirational participant at all the previous spoonfests but we are excited that this year she has agreed to teach a prefest course for us. She will share her special knowledge of working in the tradition of historic Breton spoons which have various interesting features including chip carved decoration, wax inlay and the amazing folding spoons. see her website www.chatquilit.com and instagram www.instagram.com/janespoons
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.
His wonderful spoons with distinctive engraved decoration have been an big inspiration at previous spoonfests and teaching design at university helps him put across his knowledge in a really clear way that has helped many carvers move on to another level. See his website Hout van bomen or Wood from trees.
A fantastic carver and our most experienced teacher, Jogge grew up with craft it flows through his veins. Always inspirational and fun and this course will be oversubscribed. Jogge gave us a talk at the first Spoonfest about his work, we are delighted that he can come back again this time to teach a full three day course. Check out his instagram www.instagram.com/surolle or website surolle.