Woodcarving is arguably one of the most enjoyable of forest crafts.
Rob will provide you with a general introduction to woodcarving and will teach you the various wood types and how to identify them. You will learn how to use starter tools, hone your knife crafting skills & carving techniques.
Rob will take you on a guided walk through the woods and talk through material selection, tree ID and uses for wood carving including soft, hard and food safe woods.
After a gentle forage through the woods, we will gather around the campfire and start carving a wooden spoon or decorative Christmas tree. Once complete, Rob will teach you the skill of kolrosing. Kolrosing is a very old method of giving fine line surface decoration to wood. It started centuries ago with simply using the tip of ones’ belt knife to make fine decorative cuts, and then rubbing coal dust into it to bring out the pattern.
After you have incised the design, you will rub in a darkening compound. Traditionally one uses sawdust from walnut or pine bark. However, fine dry coffee grounds, charcoal or paprika work beautifully.
This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a peaceful day in nature creating something beautiful that you will cherish for years to come.
Seasonal Christmas tree carving available in December.
- Adult £60.00
Event Preparation Info
This experience commences at 10am to 4pm. Follow the signs to the Bushcraft & Wild Cooking car park where you will be welcomed by Bushman Rob. The experience is outdoors so please come prepared to spend the whole time outdoors in all-weather types wearing sturdy footwear. A notepad and pencil are handy for taking notes.
If you have any dietary requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org 48 hours prior to your experience.