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Alex Finberg

Celtic Love Spoon Carving @Southcombe Barn - 22.11.23

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Celtic Love Spoon Carving @Southcombe Barn 
Dates: Wednesday 22nd November

Where: Southcombe Barn, near Widecombe on the Moor 
Time: 6.15pm - 8:45pm

Woodcraft Sessions @Southcombe Barn 
I am delighted to be putting on a series of three spoon carving sessions at Southcombe Barn, a beautiful home and creative sanctuary on Dartmoor. This series we'll be focussing on some inspirational spoon designs from East to West, including Ramen Spoons, Swedish Eating Spoons finishing with Celtic Love Spoons. 

We will spend our evening on the 22nd carving a Celtic Love Spoon 

Celtic Love Spoons 
Love Spoons have a long and rich history, and have been carved by many cultures. The earliest known dated lovespoon from Wales, displayed in the St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff, is from 1667, although the tradition is believed to date back long before that. The earliest dated lovespoon originates from Germany, and is dated as 1664. Spoons have a long history of being used for ritual and ceremonial purposes, particularly in courtship rituals and as wedding gifts. We'll look at the many wonderful intricate patterns and designs afforded by ornate carving and have a try at carving our own unique motifs and Love inspired patterns. 

Spoon Carving Workshop Series: East to West 
You are welcome to join for a one off or book all 3 workshops, they are set to follow a journey from the simpler form of a Japenese Ramen Spoon to exploring the beauty and intricacy of Swedish eating spoons, finishing with a Celtic Inspired Love Spoon 

Session 1: Learn to carve a Japanese Ramen Spoon - 08.11.23

Session 2: Learn to carve a Swedish Eating Spoon - 15.11.23

Session 3: Learn to carve a Celtic Love Spoon - 22.11.23

These pieces make for ideal Autumnal carving in the cosy warmth of the beautiful events space at Southcombe barn in Dartmoor national park

There will be tea, refreshments and, all tools and resources provided 

Format of The Sessions

6:15pm - Arrival, Refreshments, Intro's & Tool Talk 

7.00pm - 7:30pm - Instruction & Demo's

7:30pm - 8:45pm - Carving

8:45pm - Depart

Experience & Learning Needs
This is a perfect introduction to woodcraft with no previous experience required

If you have any learning needs such as adjustments due to mobility or other abilities please get in touch, I'm more than happy to explore how to support your learning together. 

Approach to Learning
My approach to running workshops is to make them as enjoyable and as accessible as possible. Together as a group we create a positive learning environment where there is no such thing as a stupid question(!) and everyone is put at ease to relax into and enjoy the day. 

There is a wonderfully meditative state which can be found when carving wood which can be quite addictive! You'll come away with the opportunity to take away all the tools, skills and resources needed to carry on carving at home. 

What To Bring  
Sturdy Footwear 
Warm Clothes & Waterproofs (We will be carving inside but nonetheless you may need to walk from the car park)

Something Comfy to Sit on 
Tools if you have them (none required though)

Terms & Conditions
Suitable for Adults (18+) 
Non Refundable, Transferable (note though I schedule these workshops once or twice a year!)

The workshop requires a minimum of 6 participants to run, should the course not fill 6 places, the workshop will be postponed and scheduled with a minimum of 2 weeks notice prior to the course, with the option of a refund or transfer onto the subsequent course.