SPOONFEST 2022 4th – 7th August

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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 line-up

The Spoonfest line-up is getting too numerous to list but here’s a brief intro to many of the spoon carvers you may find sharing their skills with you this year.

Aimee Irving-Bell

Aimee will be teaching Leatherwork this year, focusing on spoon holsters and Bodgers bibs.

Skills she will be teaching include edging and burnishing leather, marking leather, preparing stitch holes, cross stitch technique, how to use saddlers rivets or snap closures. She will also explain use of different leathers and the difference in various tanning processes.

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’s ever popular axe carving workshops will make a return this year, both for the beginner and for those with more experience seeking to up their skills & efficiency!

Amy Leake

I’ve been hooked on green woodworking since 2011 when I first became enthralled by the possibilities of working with raw wood to create humble functional objects.  I’ve gained a huge amount from attending every Spoonfest since it’s inception, and am excited to be able to share my knowledge with others.

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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 classes on mimicking spoons, friendly feedback, Wren finials, Ambidextrous Carving, and Asymmetrical spoons.

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Dave Cockcroft

Dave Cockcroft (aka @davethebodger) is a chair maker, spoon carver and teacher. He also makes small sloyd finishing knives from Hewn and Hone blanks. Dave’s workshops will focus improving the quality of your finishing cuts and how that changes the feel as well as the look of your spoon.

Dave will be doing a demo or two on dolphin spoons, what’s different about them and why you should carve some. Known for his milkpaint finishes or and ebonising, Dave may also be explaining and demoing those.

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Don Nalezyty

Don Nalezyty has been carving since he was a child. Despite a day job in the IT world, he studied arts and design at university and has always had the need to make things with his hands.  For the last 13 years, he has focused on carving, kolrosing, and finishing greenwood spoons and other treen. 

He’ll be teaching kolrosing, knife and axe skills, as well as presenting a talk about finishing and oiling spoons.

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.

Harry’s knife & axe workshops for kids have become a key feature of the course programme and will make a return this year,  perhaps along with some beginner’s knife workshops for adults.

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Jamie Carr

I’m a spoon caver who seems to spend most of my time at the moment farming but when I can I make spoons, ladles mostly, all shapes and sizes out of bent crooks and straight wood.

I plan on sharing some tips on making larger spoons like how to rough out a large blank quickly, a look at using adzes and some thoughts on design.

Jan Harm Ter Brugge

Jan Harm is a spooncarver and product designer/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 his way of carving ‘Kåsor’ (‘Kuksa’s’) by making ‘minimugs’, as well as eating spoon anatomy with axe and knife, and probably little scoops! He’s also planning a lecture on ‘Spoon Aesthetics & Visual Vocabulary’.

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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:
Jane will be demonstrating techniques of chip carving & also of coloured wax inlay, traditionally used on Breton spoons.

Jane will also be presenting an illustrated talk about old Breton decorated spoons

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Lieuwe Jongsma

Lieuwe Jongsma, who lives in Groningen in the Netherlands, has always had a love for traditional crafts and nature. In carving spoons the two came together. The sense of empowerment that came from turning a branch into a spoon was addictive. Just a few knives, a hatchet and a quiet afternoon, that’s all that’s needed.

He’s taught spoon carving at workshops and in high schools for the past couple of years, and has also taught at spoon carving festivals in France and the Netherlands. Lieuwe will be teaching workshops focusing on how to use your wood as efficiently as possible.

Lydia Latham

Lydia Latham is a Welsh spoon carver, based in the wilds of north Snowdonia. She was introduced to spoon carving over a decade ago by her mother-in-law Jo Alexander. Lydia has always had a passion for intricate drawing and has a background in fine art textiles. Organically, these aspects melded with her wood carving in the form of kolrosing – a technique that she has fully embraced and which has become a fundamental part of her spoon’s identity.

At this year’s Spoonfest Lydia will be teaching fine line drawing and kolrosing design. She will also be demonstrating her kolrosing techniques and will have sketchbooks on display. 

Magnus Sundelin

Magnus Sundelin has been carving since the age of four, and has University grades in both woodworking and blacksmithing. Magnus is passionate about old woodworking techniques and spoon carving in particular,  trying to connect the old form language with today’s.

Martin Hazell

Martin Hazell began carving spoons almost by accident about 25 years ago and he’s not planning to stop anytime soon.  He specialises in carving scoops and working with unusual woods, particularly burr.

He will be teaching knife skills, carving burr scoops and demonstrating the use of bone, antler and horn in spoon making.

Max Neukäufler

“Fueled by a childhood fascination for blades, the outdoors of my Austrian Alps and various distant cultures, I started crafting very early on.In 2010 I fortunately discovered spoon carving as an integration of so many of my passions.Traveling the world since 2006, learning and teaching various martial arts, wilderness living skills and crafts, I went full-time in 2015 as teacher, carver and tool designer.

I am looking forward to learning a lot at this years Spoonfest by getting to teach my holistic approach to carving and tool use based on my experience in various sports.

“Teach to learn and learn to teach.” – Richard Cotterill

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Mikey Elefant

Spoon carving for me is a window into the life I want to live and seems like the life most people would like to have, and over the past decade i have explored the functional art of carving spoons and lately I have been introduced into the world of pole lathe turning.

I have been teaching for about three years and now I teach full time in the Center for Woodland Craft, Tzivon Israel. I love teaching and having the opportunity to ignite the spark of craft among beginners- people who have yet to discover the magic of fresh wood and sharp tools.

I will be teaching mostly beginner classes and maybe a class on asymmetry and cranks.

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Oren Hetzroni

“Carving has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, filling that urge to create something. I get my inspiration from my surroundings, putting chickens, snails, frogs on my work as little reminders of nature’s beauty. I live on a small farm in the center of Israel where I teach spoon carving classes and trying to spread this rewarding craft.”

Oren will be teaching chicken scoops and a class of snail teaspoons, and doing a serving spoon demo and maybe a eating spoon demo.

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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.

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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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Tom Hepworth

Tom got started in green woodwork as an apprentice with Barn the Spoon. Moving away from a career in video production he went in search of more beauty & meaning in his work. After helping to establish The Green Wood Guild in London, Tom became focused on sharing his love of craft and traditional wood culture with others. 

At Spoonfest this year Tom will be teaching workshops on beginner’s knife skills, and taking the next steps with your axe work.

Yoav Elkayam
“I have been introduced to spoon carving and greenwood working almost 10 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 . Having been working as a full time maker and instructor for the past 6 years, between craftsmen I met along the way in order to improve my skills and eye for details & live closer to the trees and nature.

This year I will be teaching a class aimed at helping people overcome the tricky aspects of carving an eating spoon and talking about pleasing lines and aesthetics.”

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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. Some workshops will be repeated Saturday and Sunday so if you miss out Saturday you may get a second chance to book early Sunday.