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Spoon Academy

  • Vert Woods, A community woodland, Park Lane, Lewes, BN8 6 (map)

Ever fancied learning how to make a lovely wooden spoon or spatula? This is your chance to spend a great day with Jill Swan of ‘Treedomwoods Spooncarving’ ( and learn all the techniques of cutting, carving and finishing off the transformation of green wood into a fine spoon. Knowledge of some basic whittling techniques would help as the day is more of an ‘intermediate’ than beginners course. (Call or email us and we can help with this).

A review by Imogen, who attended our Beginners' Spoon Carving last summer:

"I have had a fascinating, peaceful, meditative day in the woods, and I guess my yoghurt-weaving-while-doing-the-tree-asana hippie credentials are confirmed beyond any further doubt.

In the end I didn't whittle a spoon; I've made a prong-y thing (officially a butter knife but I never use them), a mallet, and a spatula. The last is unfinished, but as I now have a whittling knife, I can tidy it up in my own time.
I also have yet another interesting new bruise, from a bow saw this time. And I smell powerfully of woodsmoke.

What a day... The morning was warm and sunny, and as we walked through Vert Woods to the crafting site I could hear what seemed like hundreds of birds singing; chaffinches, nuthatches, blackbirds, warblers, chiff-chaffs, dunnocks, wrens... a myriad voices sweet and sharp, all tangling together in the sunlight and the foliage.
There was nothing to be seen in any direction but green leaves and dark tree trunks, spring understorey growth, and sky. Nothing to be heard but the birds, the wind, the crackle of the campfire and our own voices. We spoke rarely, once each task was explained. We worked away, quietly and steadily and with great satisfaction; each focussing on his or her own projects, but all working together.

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Flint Knapping
Later Event: May 10
Full Moon Fire Ceremony