Courses

All our courses can be booked on Obby.co.uk

Spoon carving, bowl carving, spatula making, introduction to green woodwork and family whittling courses: all taught outside in the woods at Abney Park Cemetery.

All courses and events are held at our outdoor workshop at Abney Park Cemetery, please dress for weather and 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.


Our workshop


Making parties and experiential events

If you have a small group of people who’d like to get together and make stuff together, we can also create a course especially for you on a date that suits you. Birthdays, parties, bonding, away-days, presents or for no good reason at all.

We also do kids birthday parties at our workshop or your own venue, get in touch with us to discuss.

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Our courses

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
Cost: £220 / £170 concessions

Knife skills: make a spatula

Learn to use a shave horse, drawknife and carving knife to make utensils.
1 day
Fridays or Saturdays
Cost: £50

Spoon carving

Learn safe knife grips and carve a spoon from a locally grown tree.
1 day
Fridays or Saturdays
Cost: £60 / £40 concessions

Improving your spoon carving

Get together with other spoon lovers and learn from each others work, techniques and mistakes. Make spoons!
1 day
Fridays or Saturdays
Cost: £50 / £40 concessions

Bowl carving

Carve a bowl from a log using an axe, an adze, gouges and drawknive.
1 day
Fridays or Saturdays
Cost: £75 / £60 concessions

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: £25 / £20 concessions

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: £25 / £20 concessions

Family stool making

Only available for group bookings
1 day, 10am-3pm
Cost: £225 for 3 adults and 3 children (8-18yrs)

Green woodworking for home-schooling families

Available for group bookings or get in touch to express interest in the next session.
Taster sessions, 11am-3pm
Cost: £40 / £30 concession


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.

For further information or to buy a gift voucher: please contact us.


All our courses can now be booked online on Obby.co.uk