Learn green woodworking
Spoon Carving, Bowl Turning, Bowl Carving, Kuksa Carving, Spatula Making and Introduction to Green Woodwork: all taught outside in the woods at Abney Park Cemetery
All our courses can be booked on Obby.co.uk.
All in person courses and events are held at our outdoor workshop at Abney Park Cemetery. Please dress for all weather, sturdy footwear is recommended. Warm clothes in winter, keep your feet covered in summer and waterproofs whenever. We have a tarpaulin to protect us from the worst of it and will continue to work outside in all of it.
Following the coronavirus pandemic we now also offer online courses for beginner adults who want to learn together.
Most of our courses (at the workshop and online) can be booked as a private session for a group of friends, family, colleagues etc. Our teachers are also available to teach at events.
Private courses, making parties and experiential events
If you have a small group of people who’d like to get together and make stuff together, you can make a group booking for a date that suits you. Birthdays, parties, bonding, away-days, presents or for no good reason at all.
- Spatula making (half day), £40pp, 6 people.
- Bowl carving (full day), £80pp, 4-6 people.
- Spoon carving (full day) £65pp, 8-12 people.
- Spoon carving one-to-one or small group (full day) £250 flat rate for 1-4 people.
- We also do kids birthday parties at our workshop, get in touch with us to discuss.
- Online courses: Make a spatula, £14pp, 4-6 people.
Courses at the workshop
Internationally renowned carver with a spoon obsession, Adam returns to London Green Wood in September 2020 to teach Spoon Carving and the decorative techniques of Chip Carving & Kolrosing.
Become safe and confident with an axe and a knife. An induction to the workshop for new members.
4 days over 4 weeks, Thursdays or Fridays. Includes a sloyd knife.
Cost: £240 full price, £180 low income, £120 unwaged (contact us for a booking code for these discounts).
Free places available for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with no recourse to public funds.
Learn about working with the grain, the basis for all woodworking. Use a shave horse, drawknife and carving knife to make cooking utensils.
Half day. Also available as a group booking for 6 people.
Cost: £40 full price/ £30 low income/ £20 unwaged (contact us for a booking code for these discounts).
Learn safe knife grips and carve a spoon from a locally grown tree.
1 day. Usually the first Saturday of each month. Also available as a group booking for 6-12 people.
Cost: £65 full price/ £40 low income.
Carve a bowl from a log using an axe, an adze, gouges and drawknive.
1 day. Fridays or Saturdays. Also available as a group booking for 6 people.
Cost: £80 full price/ £60 low income.
Learn to carve a wooden cup using traditional woodcarving techniques, with hand tools and locally felled trees.
1 day, Fridays or Saturdays. Also available as a group booking for 6 people.
Cost: £80 full price/ £60 low income.
Learn how to turn a wooden bowl outdoors, using a foot powered pole lathe and simple hand tools. The only place in London teaching non-electric bowl turning!
Cost: £100 full price/ £75 concessions
Make a wooden spatula
Whittling for grown ups. Learn safe knife skills and carve your own useful and beautiful kitchen utensils. Cost: £14 per person (wood provided, you buy a knife), 1hr class.
Are your friends and family keen to get carving? We now sell gift vouchers for all of our courses. Gift vouchers are non refundable and must be redeemed within 12 months of purchase.
All our courses can now be booked online on Obby.co.uk
(courses with master craftspeople)
We like to support craftspeople working outside of London to access the huge number of people on our doorstep, so we offer the use of our workshop to others to run courses from. This year we have invited:
Spoon Carving, Kolrosing & Chip Carving
Internationally reknowned spoon carver, teacher and a proper spoon obsessive if ever there was one, Adam taught at our workshop in March 2019 and will be back in September 2020 to teach Chip Carving & Kolrosing and his distinctive and much admired style of Spoon Carving.
Kolrosing and Chip Carving- Friday 18th and Sunday 20th September
Kolrosing is a traditional Scandinavian decorative technique where single incised cuts are made to create a pattern, the spoon is then oiled and a colourant rubbed into the incisions and once burnished the pattern is sealed in.
Chip Carving is a style of carving in which a knifes is used to remove small chips of wood in a single piece, patterns can be free form or based on a geometric pattern. Chip carving can also be used for lettering.
On this half day course you will learn the techniques of kolrosing including how to lay out a pattern, execute neat cuts, oil and how to add colourant before burnishing. The workshop will also cover chip carving, where you’ll learn various techniques and several simple patterns/designs.
Spoon carving with Adam Hawker- Saturday 19th September
Adam’s spoon carving addiction has grown over the years and he has had the privilege to learn from some of the finest spoon makers across the globe. Carving spoons, focusing on the small details that make each one different has become a meditation.
On this one day course you will learn how to safely use the axe, knife and hook knife, what to look for when selecting wood, spoon design and how to carve with confidence. Hopefully you’ll also soak up the love and passion Adam has for making these everyday functional, yet exceptional, objects.
Bowl Turning & Ash Splint Basket Weaving
Adrian brought his herd of 8 bowl lathes down from Cumbria in October 2018 and 2018, to teach bowl turning to the city folk. With the support that Adrian has given us we are now able to teach bowl turning within the LGW coop and launched our own courses in 2020. Currently there are no other places in London to learn bowl turning on a treadle lathe.
We’re still hoping to get Adrian back down to the big smoke one day to teach us how to pound ash and weave ash splint baskets.