The physical environment at Flint Mill is just right for woodworking courses.
BRAND NEW COURSE FOR 2019, WHY NOT MAKE IT A WEEKEND OF WOODCRAFT AND COMBINE THIS COURSE WITH 'SPOON CARVING' ON SUNDAY 16 JUNE
On this one-day course you will discover how to rive (split), greenwood logs radially to form very strong and stable boards that will will survive many years of use in the kitchen or dining table.
This process is invaluable for making the best ‘blanks’ not just for boards but also for spatulas, wedges, pegs and boards. We will turn the weakness in wood into its strength.
The course is suitable for people with little or no experience but for those with some experience this course could well be a revelation!
Timber selection - We will discuss why certain native hardwoods are most suitable based on species, growth patterns and other properties.
Timber process – You will learn a safe and efficient method of processing the selected timber. Cross cutting with saws, Splitting/riving with axe, froe, wooden wedges and maul. How to use an axe, drawknife and hand plane to shape the timber.
Design – You can design your own or be inspired by one of Tom's creative examples. We'll consider the strength and weakness of certain designs, freehand drawing, symmetry/asymmetry, proportion and utility. Using a carving knife, we will finish the board with bevels using safe knife grips.
A range of working techniques and grasps will be taught with the emphasis on safety and control throughout.
You will leave with a cutting board, but more importantly the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to continue making beautiful items in safety.
Tutor Tom Turnell has been green wood working for many years and recently ran a small shop and workshop. He specialises in riven cutting boards.
He has researched woodworking techniques and design from different times including Ancient Egypt, Viking and Medieval to contemporary makers.
He will inspire with his enthusiasm and beautiful examples of his work.
Maximum number of students: 6.
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