Start knife carving in wood – it’s amazing what you can do with just a small axe and a couple of knives. Working with green unseasoned wood you will learn to use really simple tools to carve and whittle using techniques that are almost like drawing in wood. Learn these lovely relaxing techniques using the most basic tools – with no power tools you’ll enjoy the freedom of simple carving. The techniques learned will be used to create a really simple piece – a butter spreader. This means you get time to relax and develop basic knife skills. You may also have time to begin to carve a spoon but you’ll certainly have the skills to continue to develop this addictive hobby.
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
Everything will be provided but have clothes that you don't mind getting messy