These one day courses in the beautiful and inspiring grounds of Kielder Castle, Northumberland, are designed for people who are intrigued to learn more about the art and craft of making wooden spoons and bowls. The perfect antedote to modern living.  My approach to the making of both these utility items is that form and function should recieve attention in equal measure and inspire us to use them and to make us smile.

The technical aspects of using carving axes and knives safely will be taught so that it will become apparent that beautiful wooden spoons can be made for eating, serving, stirring, mixing and ladeling, in a kind of soul poetry for the kitchen sort of way!  The shape and form of modern metal spoons is so limited, lets make more of the things we need in the home with our own hands.

These courses are being supported by the  Kielder Forest Park, only £25 per day.

No previous experience necessary.

Visit the Kielder Forest Park website for more information and to book

This is what the website says:-

Saturday 28 June, hand-carved wooden spoons with Maurice Pyle, 10am-4pm, Kielder Castle.

Sunday 29 June, hand-carved wooden bowls with Maurice Pyle, 10am-4pm, Kielder Castle

About the artist: Maurice Pyle has been a professional green wood craftsman and tutor for more than 20 years. He is a skilled and patient teacher, inspired by Norwegian and Swedish design and techniques in spoons and bowls making. His passion, enthusiasm and authority on the subject will certainly come across on this course. Maurice runs a wide range of courses from his County Durham base (

The workshops: Maurice will run 2 courses – hand-carved wooden spoons on Saurday 28 June; and hand-carved wooden bowls on Sunday 29 June. Participants can book one or both days and depending on which workshop they attend will: learn to carve a spoon, from a split piece of green round wood; or to make a wooden bowl from locally sourced freshly felled hardwood such as sycamore, maple or alder.

Workshop fee for each day £25 (including coffee). ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Participants should bring: All tools and materials will be provided but the workshops will take place outdoors (but under cover) so please wear suitable outdoor clothing; and a packed lunch (café facilities are available at Kielder Castle for those who prefer to buy their lunch).