SPOONFEST 2018 2nd-5th August

Tickets for Spoonfest 2018 will go on sale on April 28th

Check back here in a few days for more details.

Spoonfest has everything that any spoon carver 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, camping on site, local beer sold for charity, a wood fired pizza oven, all this with a wonderful festival atmosphere in the heart of the Peak District countryside.

Spoonfest Information

Directions to the Spoonfest site and other info

Here are a few details that may help give you an idea of what to expect, what to bring, what not to bring etc. For additional information see the FAQs page.

When and where

The festival is held each year in Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Situated in the heart of the Peak District at the start of the Pennine Way, between Manchester and Sheffield.

Most folk arrive on the Thursday (2nd Aug 2017) evening. You can arrive any time after 4pm and set your tent up in the camping field. Access to the rest of the site is only after 5.30pm.

If you are arriving with a car head for postcode S33 7ZG Ollerbrook Farm Edale. For a map see the Venue page.

If coming from the East you’ll turn up the edale road at Hope by the church,  drive a few miles into Edale then shortly after you pass a row of terraced houses on the left you see a farm road on the right with a spoonfest sign. Drive up there 100m over the railway then under the spoonfest sign into the camping field.

If coming from the West you’ll drop into the Edale valley, follow the road past the turning into the main village and the car park, over a bridge then after a fallen down barn on the left you’ll see the spoonfest sign on a driveway to the left. See the map in this link for details.


You’ll be met at the gate and be given a vehicle pass. Please drive carefully observing the site speed limit of 5mph. Once you have parked and set up your tent go to the information point in the campfire area in the trees to pick up your wristbands.

There is strictly no carving on the Thursday evening before we have gone through the health and safety issues, first aid cover etc.

If you are coming by train, well done. There is a 10 minute walk to site, come out of the station and turn left on the road up into the village. Just after the information centre at Fieldhead Campsite (round turf roofed building) follow a footpath down to the right. Cross two fields and the entrance to the Spoonfest camping field is on the right.

Spoonfest comes to a close with a mass spoon club on Sunday where we all carve collaborative spoons together in groups, it starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm after which everybody heads for home. There is no camping on site on the Sunday night.

Food and other matters

There will be food available from Thursday evening provided by the owners of the lovely Bahji Shop (to be confirmed) http://bit.ly/29QCI9C Their Thali Truck will be there all weekend serving freshly cooked breakfast lunch and dinner.

There are various things available in the village, a small village shop, two pubs and two cafes. There is not a cashpoint so if you plan buying spoons in the spoonshop best come prepared. The only mobile phone network in the village is EE and that is patchy though pubs and cafes have wifi.

On the Thursday evening at 7.00pm we meet in the main barn at the top of the field for the grand opening and introductions of the instructors.

The spoonfest bar will also be open serving local ale and cider. The bar is run by Edale volunteers and all proceeds support our chosen charity Practical Action. We also have a wonderful wood fired pizza oven built from local clay and run by volunteers cooking pizzas each evening with proceeds to charity. There are other exciting things planned for Friday and Saturday evenings which we’ll tell you at the time.

Many folk come just to enjoy informal sharing of skills, to sit around the campfire carving spoons. Others are keen for more structured learning and we have lots of 1 1/2 hour workshops running each day. On Friday the focus is mostly on beginners courses, where you can learn to use an axe and learn safe knife grips. There is always a rush to sign up for these courses with folk queuing long before 9am when we open for bookings. Each person can book themselves on one course or if a beginner then you can book an axe course and a knife course. Later on there are many more advanced courses which will be announced and booked each morning at 9am. A big blackboard shows all the courses on offer. If you have tools please do bring them, there will also be tools for sale in spoonshop.

Spoonshop is also the place to buy and sell spoons, if you have spoons for sale please make sure you have attached a price label (with your name and the price of the spoon) to each one before you bring them. We will book them in from Thursday 10am, the spoonshop volunteers sell the spoons for you for a 10% commission.


What to bring

What to bring. Edale is windy and can be chilly even in August so bring warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag. We have limited seating around the campfires and in the workshops so if you have a camping chair that would be good to bring. There is one drinking water tap at the top of the camping field and we will set up pot wash bowls there. There are ladies and gents flush loos and sinks with cold water at the top of the field and a few portaloos around the field. If you want showers we still have some places available in the bunkhouse at £15 a night you can book by replying to this email.

If you play a musical instrument please bring it, there tends to be an ad hoc mix of song playing, and jamming around the campfires. Whatever you enjoy sharing bring it along.

Most of all bring with you an open, warm, friendly state of mind, if it’s your first time you will be amazed at what a lovely bunch of people spoon carvers are, it makes for an unforgettable experience.

Spoonfest comes to a close with a mass spoon club on Sunday where we all carve collaborative spoons together in groups, it starts at 3pm and finishes at 4pm after which everybody heads for home. There is no camping on site on the Sunday night.

Most of all bring with you an open, warm, friendly state of mind, if it’s your first time you will be amazed at what a lovely bunch of people spoon carvers are, it makes for an unforgettable experience.

Barn, Robin and the Spoonfest volunteers.

Spoonfest line-up

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 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.



Anna Casserley

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 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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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’.

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Harry Samuel

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’.



Jane Mickelborough

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.

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John Mullaney

“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 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 her world renowned ‘eating spoon masterclass’ and demonstrating how she roughs out spoon blanks with a stock knife. Prepare to be amazed…

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Magnus Sundelin

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 Hazell

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 Thomas

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.

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Paul Adamson

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.

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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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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.”






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.