I’ve just returned from an excellent bowl-carving course run by Robin Wood in Edale, Derbyshire.
I went via Halifax which I must say, I’d forgotten contains some fine stone buildings:
The course was held in the tidy little village hall and I stayed in the YHA with a couple of other course members.
Mind you it didn’t stay tidy for long – seven people hacking away at logs carving swedish bowls for two and a half days produced quite a good number of sacks of shavings.
Robin is an inspired and inspirational teacher and I’m sure everyone had a great time, if they got as much out of it as did I. We all produced decent bowls and learnt important techniques.
I made a couple of curvy bowls, I am very pleased with the second, boat-shaped one. A little more work needed but the form is there.
An important part of the course was learning how the look at what you’re working on and what are the essential parts to concentrate on, like the main lines of the form, if you want to find out more book onto one of Robin’s courses, he also runs spoon making courses which are a little less physically demanding and a good introduction to the joys of making useful things with your hands from green wood. You can buy tools from him too,
read books and chat over tea, coffee biscuits and excellent home-made lunches served on wooden ware and eaten with wooden spoons, even the tea and coffee containers deserve close study:
I also met a bunch of very interesting people with common interests
All in all an excellent outing. Expect extravagant hand carved bowls coming to this blog soon!