Having hosted a very successful and well attended Hertfordshire Spoonclub for a number of years; we are pleased to announce that a Cumbria Spoonclub will start in October following a very necessary break whilst we made our transition to more northern climes.

Spoonclub will take place on the first Saturday in every month with the purpose being to bring people together to share their love for traditional hand-carved wooden spoons.

There won’t be any direct teaching but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of folk happy to share their knowledge, skills and understanding of all things sloyd! Primarily Spoonclub is for those that have experience of greenwood craft at some level and are familiar with using razor sharp edged tools – possibly having already started their spoon-carving journey through attendance at a course. An introductory spoon carving course would be the ideal pre-requisite for gaining something positive from attending Spoonclub sessions – either check out my workshop dates or book something more personal and bespoke by getting in touch. By no means do you have to be an expert, but a sound understanding of safe axe and knife work should be expected.

For complete clarity about dates Spoonclub will be hosted on the following Saturdays:

  • Saturday 7th October 2017
  • Saturday 4th November 2017
  • Saturday 2nd December 2017
  • Saturday 6th January 2018
  • Saturday 3rd February 2018
  • Saturday 3rd March 2018
  • Saturday 7th April 2018
  • Saturday 5th May 2018
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018
  • Saturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018 – No Spoonclub, but it is SPOONFEST!!!

Carving starts from 09:00 and continues until the last person leaves! Times and dates are not daylight or weather dependent as Spoonclub will be hosted in our 300 year old traditional threshing barn. Whilst there is protection from the elements along with lighting and power, it is currently an unheated space so please make sure you layer up. If the weather is pleasant then carving can take place in our cobbled courtyard.

A communal lunch will be provided for a small but necessary contribution of £5.00 a head. This will normally be homemade soup, freshly baked bread, salad, pickles, chutneys etc. and has always been a highlight of previous Spoonclub gatherings – I’m sure some people came more for the lunch than they did for the love and appreciation of the humble wooden spoon! Special occasions may even involve sausages, bacon and free-range eggs from our flock of hens…we may even have eggs and honey for sale depending on stock.

Free flowing tea, coffee, and home baked cakes and biscuits will be provided throughout the day although contributions to kitty will always be welcome.

There will be plenty of chopping blocks available or you can bring your own if it is particularly special!!! Bring your own tools to use but I have plenty that you can try out if you’re looking for a new purchase! I will be able to offer carving tools for sale in due course and will be more than happy to recommend tools for your consideration.

Contributions of spoon wood always welcome – it provides a great opportunity for people to carve material that they may not normally be familiar with.

A message a couple of days before would be great for catering purposes – any of the following methods is acceptable:

Our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/cumbriaspoons/
My email at [email protected]
Or by text to 07813 878853 (although reception is a bit ropey here)

We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming new members – you’ll have to message to find out where it’s at anyway – either that or you’ll get no lunch!