Bowl Carving Woodworking Class

Get to grips with working with wood at this beginners' wood carving workshop in London.

8 hours Class size 1 to 6     label £150

Ever wanted to give wood carving a go but didn't know where to begin? Or maybe you want to make a unique gift for a loved one. Learn to make a beautiful wooden bowl from native green hardwood using ancient hand tools at this one-of-a-kind woodworking class in London.

Hosted at Stepney City Farm by a local expert, you'll learn the fundamentals of using traditional edge tools to carve yourself a beautiful wooden bowl. Over the course of the day you will use an axe and drawknife to shape the outside of the bowl, and a gouge and hook knife to refine the inside.

If you're looking for something a little different, you can also opt to carve a kuksa – a traditional Scandinavian style of drinking cup. The ideal tool for drinking coffee, the kuksa develops a rich patina from the coffee grounds over time. Great to use at home but also much better in a backpack than a fragile and heavy ceramic mug - a fantastic gift for any outdoorsy friends!

In addition to giving you an introduction to a variety of hand tools, the class will give you a real insight into the design and function of objects which have been used by humans for thousands of years. As you carve the object of your choice, you will learn many different carving techniques and about how green wood differs from seasoned wood.

You'll leave the class with your gorgeous handmade bowl or kuksa to cherish forever, along with the skills, knowledge and confidence to carry on this traditional, satisfying hobby.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
All tools and materials you'll need to make a wooden bowl or kuksa to bring home with you.

The Green Wood Guild is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.


The Green Wood Guild, Rural Arts Centre, Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1 3DG

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The Green Wood Guild
The Green Wood Guild

5.0 (9)

London's centre for the traditional craft of Green Woodwork.

Our classes give you hands-on experience and in-depth tuition in the fundamental skills and techniques of green woodworking. These are suitable for total beginners and each workshop revolves around a beautiful product to make yourself and take home!

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Steve Baines May 2022

These was a great class in a lovely setting expertly tutored by Tim.

Francis Marshall May 2022

A fantastic day that, quite simply, flew by. Tim is a great trainer. He took us step by step through the process of making our bowls and Kuska cup. He was patient and extremely helpful. The workshop is set up really well and I never knew that there are so many tools that can be used for wood carving. Thank you

Bowl Carving Woodworking Class review by Francis Marshall

Ramone Anderson Feb 2022

I had a really great experience at the workshop. It was my first time woodworking and Tim made it enjoyable and gave me techniques and information for taking woodwork further if I so wished. The workshop is on a nice little city farm with a really nice cafe on site (although the cafe is a tad pricey the food was tasty!). All materials were provided by the workshop and I walked away with a wooden bowl that I carved myself and I couldn't be happier!

Woodworking workshop review by Ramone Anderson

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