I feel spooncarving in the UK has come a long way in the last 5 years but has reached a sort of plateau, the spoons that are being produced have reached a good level but I know that much more is possible and wanted to share the inspiration I have found in Sweden with others. Fritiof is teaching 2 courses and we have many of the UK's top carvers and teachers coming, professionals alongside dedicated amateurs.We all learnt a lot on the first course and had a great time too. Fritof and I started with a day spent visiting my favourite wood collecting haunts from tree surgeons to this lovely birch woodland planted by a friend 20 years ago.
and individual attention to help tweak our designs to get the best out of each piece.
edit to add post course comments
"many thanks for a truly inspirational time with you and Fritiof, it
took the craft of spoon carving to a new level. It will take me some time
and much practice to approach that level of skill but, it is great to have a
high pinnacle to aim for" Richard Charles
"I think this was/is a seminal course. Spoon carving in the UK will improve.
Fritof is a great teacher, like you, he has an amazing laid back style, but with the steel of hard production." Richard Law
"inspirational examples, challenging techniques, considerate help, fine weather, convivial company, good food, blood-free zone ... I'm sure the list could go on
For me, some of the key advances this week were:
Extending my mental model of what understated elegance is possible
Seeing potential spoons within surprisingly small stock
Appreciating the disproportionate visual effect of very subtle features, e.g. chamfers
Completing more of the spoon with the axe
Reducing the fluffy bits where the grain reverses
Nibbling less and making longer cuts with the knife
Realising that I can develop a reliable, left handed draw stroke" David Atkin
"thank you Fritiof it was inspiring meeting a true craftsman, I know for a fact that my work will improve immeasurably for the experience."