The Spoonfest line-up is getting too numerous to list but here’s a brief intro to many of spoon carvers you’ll find sharing their skills with you this year.
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.
Anna has been involved in craft all her life, growing up as the daughter of two potters and with a master woodcarver grandfather. She carves beautiful and functional spoons and scoops from timber sourced sustainably from her native Gloucestershire.
“Like my parents, I take great delight in making beautiful objects that people love and use every day.”
Anna will be running axe carving workshops at Spoonfest, both an introductory workshop and a masterclass for the more experienced!
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.
Dan Lawrence aka ‘Dan De Lion’
Dan’s Fine Art background has resulted in a creative and playful exploration of woodcarving with a unique style.
A full time spoon carver/ greenwood worker since 2014 has enabled a fascination with ergonomics, form and function to play a big roll.
Musician’s learn covers for an understanding of techniques and styles, with a similar approach to spoons, making copy’s and mimics of other makers spoons enabled me to discoverer in 3 dimensions my like’s and dislike’s about a variety of spoons.
Dan will run the ‘Mimic a spoon’ again along with ‘How to take you axing further’.
Harry Samuel is a full time wood worker and passionate about working specifically with green wood. He trained with Barnaby Carder and continues to work with The Green Wood Guild in Bristol. He also completed a year-long apprenticeship at Cherry Wood Project. He now operates from his workshop in Frome where he makes products to order, teaches workshops around the UK and continues to develop his craft.
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’.
Zen and the art of axe work
Not confident with an axe? Come and learn how to enjoy axing-out your spoon blanks. How to use your axe safely, effectively and without getting exhausted. We will consider posture, grip, safety and technique – we might even get a blank made!
Introduction to traditional Breton spoon decoration
This workshop will include an overview of the traditional patterns that were used traditionally on Breton spoons. We will practice the basic techniques of chip carving & also of coloured wax inlay.
“I’m an enthusiastic amateur prodege of Robin and Fritiof’s with a few grey ones, which suggests a bit of experience and wisdom. I haven’t taught much spooncarving formally, but if all the other classes are full and you’re feeling flush, I will try and pass on as much as I am able. Possibly helping beginners advance with knocking out blanks, maybe more advanced tips looking at texturing, painting incise carving etc. Maybe deep hollowing; I see what contributes best to a variety of options globally. I’ll bring the banjo if I need to fill it out. Look forward to sharing.”
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 her world renowned ‘eating spoon masterclass’ and demonstrating how she roughs out spoon blanks with a stock knife. Prepare to be amazed…
Magnus said I could write whatever I want here, so I’d like you all to appreciate how kind and restrained I am. If you’ve been to spoonfest before you know how lovely and inspiring he is. If you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat. He carves great spoons with great decoration. Magnus will be teaching Swedish style spooncarving and maybe some chipcarving (if we ask nicely).
Martin was born in London and grew up in various bits of the US and UK, and has been making things since he was old enough to hold a cheese grater. He carved his first spoon by mistake in 1996 and hasn’t yet worked out how to stop. For much of the past year he has been battling Leukemia (succesfully!) but he is here, alive and kicking, to bring his unique mix of skills and humour to Spoonfest victims.
Martin will be teaching knife skills, Caddy Spoons/Coffee Scoops, and his unique Burry Thing encounter.
Owen is a full time green woodworker and teaches clients with learning difficulties in Hereford, alongside his own work carving spoons and turning bowls on a pole lathe. He was the first apprentice to Barnaby Carder at 260 Hackney Road, London and it was there he began developing his designs based on traditional welsh and English spoons .
Owen will be teaching workshops on carving welsh Cawl spoons and Dolphin spoons and demonstrating how to use a Twca Cam spoon knife.
Paul was introduced to spoon carving during a course studying bushcraft in 2004. Due to the ease of carving at home while raising a young family, spoon carving was one of the skills regularly practised. Working in Arboriculture for twenty years has led to many interesting pieces of wood being saved, brought home, and carved into all sorts of objects for the home and outdoors life he enjoys. Workshops will be safe and effective axe and knife use, finial carving, and how to make quick functional spoons.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.