Courses


Learn green woodworking

Spoon carving, bowl turning, bowl carving, kuksa carving, spatula making, introduction to green woodwork and family whittling courses: 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 and for families 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.

Our workshop

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.

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Courses at the workshop

Introduction to green woodwork

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.

Make a spatula

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).

Spoon carving

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.

Private spoon carving course

A spoon carving course for 1-4 people. Please request a date, or contact us to discuss availability.
Cost: flat rate of £250.

Bowl carving

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.

kuksa carving, make a wooden cup

Kuksa carving

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.

Family whittling workshop, for 6-8yrs

For families that want to whittle together, this is great introduction to learn how to work safely with knives.
1 hour. School holidays only.
Cost: £30 for one adult and one child working together.

Family whittling workshop, for 9-18yr

For families that want to whittle together, this is great introduction to learn how to work safely with knives.
2hrs. School holidays only.
Cost: £30 for one adult and one child working together.


Green woodworking for home-schooling families

Available for group bookings of 4-6 famillies.
Taster sessions, 11am-3pm
Cost: £45 full price/ £35 low income.


Online courses

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.

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Whittling for families
Play with knives- safely! Mindful whittling for the whole family. This workshop is for children aged 7yrs and upwards and their families to gain skills and confidence working with whittling knives, and make magic wands.

Cost: £14 per household (wood provided, you buy the knives), 45 min. class.

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Gift vouchers

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