Carve retro-style camping cutlery from fresh greenwood
See course details, dates, costs, tutors & stories from students below
Over a relaxing & sociable two days, David White will teach you to carve your own 'camp cutlery set'. David has designed an original concept specifically for this course. The design will be a play on the retro-style pressed metal camping cutlery that clip together. Instead you will make them in greenwood rather than metal, and with wooden pegs that hold your set together - a beautiful set to own, cherish and use both indoors and out. The course includes free a linen bag for your cutlery set.
You will learn to use an axe, carving knife and hook knife, giving you a comprehensive skillset to carve functional objects. David will guide you on choosing and sourcing green wood, as well as how to finish and oil your pieces. He offers a reminder video and information sheets for you to continue learning at home and will bring tools to buy if you become smitten.
£195 - Tuition fees
This includes all course materials
Tools will be available to buy during the course
Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price.
We also offer accommodation & evening meals
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience
David White’s The Whittlings is a tiny company in North Wales, making unique handmade tableware using traditional green woodworking techniques and native broadleaf species sourced from local woodlands.
David's work is a reaction to his belief that life is getting more and more connected, online, and rushed, and that our use of the natural resources are more and more abstracted and commoditised. He sees that the things we use and surround ourselves with in our day-to-day lives are getting cheaper, mass produced, destined to last less and less time. His reaction to this is to spend time making the most basic things in life – something to eat with, something to eat from, something to sit on. To make them well, with an understanding and respect for trees they came from.
Stories from our students
I always love spending time at Wernog Wood, the atmosphere is so relaxed, caring and inclusive, set in beautiful countryside- it is a real retreat and my time spent here relaxes and inspires me.
The knife, fork and spoon course was excellent- I was really surprised how I managed to create something I was proud of even though I had never worked with wood before.
The tutor- David was excellent and I felt that I was guided through the process with expertise and a friendly and relaxed manner.
Thanks everyone- loved it - Verity
A great course in a fantastic location delivered by a friendly and experienced carver.
As a beginner I learnt so much about all aspects of carving from wood choice, axe and knife techniques I would recommend it to anyone novice to expert. - Graham
I’m already planning to return- its my new therapy. - Sian
Excellent - fun, engaging and learned a lot. Really good structure, and provision of excellent and sharp tools. David White was a fabulous tutor - very positive in his approach and highly knowledgeable. - David
I just spent a wild weekend at Wernog Wood, an amazing venue for practical learning. I’m so fortunate to live only minutes away!
With David’s tuition (and stylish laser cut templates that I pretty much ignored - don’t do this, he knows what he’s doing). I haven’t finished much as I was trying to cram too much in but I do feel far more capable with an axe now.
Thank you @thewhittlings for your patience and positivity which made for an empowering two days. - Michelle