Whittling and Woodcraft


During this Whittling and Woodcraft course you will:

  • Learn safe and effective tool use of knives and saws
  • Identify specific trees and understand how they can be used
  • Harvest / forage resources for your carving projects
  • Be introduced to specific carving techniques
  • Whittle a spoon and other useful utensils to take home

Course information:

  • Location:  Little Chalfont
  • Start and end times: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Course size: Just 4 participants!
  • Age range: 18+
  • Includes: Use of tools; bushcraft knife, laplander saw, mora wood carver and Ben Orford crook knife, with refreshments and lunch cooked over the campfire (vegetarian, vegan and other dietary options available)


During this Whittling and Woodcraft course, you will learn carving techniques and ultimately create a spoon and other useful objects; butter knives and spatulas to take home. You will be guided along the woodland trail, where you will learn to identify specific trees and understand which are good for these projects.

Springtime classroom in a Chilterns woodland
Springtime classroom in a Chilterns woodland

Working in this lovely woodland setting, centred around a campfire, you will spend the day learning to create a range of wooden utensils, the centre piece being a spoon. Whether you would like a dessert, serving or salad spoon, the choice and creativity will be all yours – David will be there to guide you throughout the day.

David’s (whittling and) woodcraft course was excellent. We got to carve various items like a butter knife and a spoon. Had an excellent lunch cooked over the fire and enjoyed the small group atmosphere. David’s knowledge of tree Identification was very interesting. A most enjoyable day. Thanks David

Wood carved selection of utensils
Projects carved on the Whittling and Woodcraft course

We’ll be covering the safe and effective use of a Bushcraft knife and saw, the principal tools needed to make the craft items, then you’ll be of into the woods to be shown how to gather and harvest the materials you need.

Throughout the day, you will be introduced to new techniques and provided with tips and guidance.


The kettle will be on the go, gently boiling over the campfire, so you will be able to stop for coffee and teas throughout the day. We will also be stopping for a light lunch cooked over the campfire.

Excellent day had in the woods. David is so knowledgeable and eager to share that knowledge. I was confident enough, after the day, that when I saw a patch of wild garlic and jack of the hedge was able to show them off to my family! Loved the spoon carving and have now spent the last few hours looking at crook knives and thinking about carving some more spoons! Would thoroughly recommend.

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