Wood carving day classes

Learn how to carve a spoon with an axe and a knife

Spoon Carving Saturdays

( with tutor Samuel Alexander)

Using just three green woodworking tools you will carve a spoon from a locally grown tree. This course covers axe skills and safe knife grips. Aimed at both complete beginners and those who’ve made spoons before and would like to hone their skills and designs.


£75 full price, £50 low income.
Become a regular – block booking discounts available.


Courses dates are weekly on Saturdays.

What happens in this course?

Spoon carving is a meditative search for perfection and this course is taught every Saturday by the artist and spoon carver Samuel Alexander. Our discounted bundle booking options mean you can book to come weekly or monthly, and perfect your carving under Sam’s guidance. Or come once, make a lovely spoon and be content with just the one.

You can follow this course up with our Bowl Carving or Bowl Turning course. Or if you want to begin with something simpler, start with our Make a Spatula course. If you really catch the bug you can join the Induction to the Workshop course and become and member of our cooperative.

Low income rates available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

We work outdoors in all weathers, please come prepared.

Course Location

Hackney City Farm

1a Goldsmith Row
E2 8QALondon

Access to the workshop is through the cafe garden or Haggerston Park (not the Farmyard).

There is no parking on site. There is bike parking within the Farm. Detailed information on arriving by bike, bus, tube and train: https://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/visit/

Things to remember

We have no indoor space and will be working outside in all weathers (under a tarp if it rains) so please come prepared. No sandals or bare feet please. Walking boots or work boots if you can, a thick sole will help to keep your feet warm in cold weather. In winter, fingerless gloves can be good, but no full gloves when working with tools. If you use reading glasses please bring them with you.

Tea and coffee are provided. There is also a cafe onsite.

This course is for over 18yrs only.


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