Whittling in Wood

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Sat 01Aug

Facilitator: David Lovemore

Whittling is a form of woodcarving that uses minimal equipment and is handy and portable. In this engaging course, David will guide you through the knife skills necessary to safely participate in this traditional pastime and teach you about how to work wood to create effects with different tools and techniques.

Event time: Sat 1st Aug 2020 at 9:00am - Sat 1st Aug 2020 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • Learn the basic skills necessary to creatively whittle wood
  • Finish the day with a beautiful handmade piece
  • A friendly, relaxed learning experience in a beautiful countryside setting

Participants will learn

  • How to select an appropriate piece of wood
  • Functions of various whittling tools and knives
  • Basic knife skills to achieve different effects
  • How to use a crook knife for hollowing wood

When ancient folk made the first blades from flint they began to whittle. Whittling has the potential to be a means of meditation and delight, and from your first chip you will find yourself drawn to pairing away slithers of wood.

Enjoy a stimulating day learning the basic techniques of whittling. You will find out about how to choose suitable wood for a task and the correct selection and use of carving tools. You will be working with softwood and guided through techniques to create a handmade domestic item of your own to take home. There will be plenty of time for questions and individual attention in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

David Lovemore is a sculptor in residence at Amber Sculpture Studio at Hawkwood. David has many years of experience teaching all ages and abilities. He runs courses all year round in clay modeling, wood and stone carving. Please phone David if you have any queries before the workshop at 07977836728.

Price Options

£80 Day Rate


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£ 50.00

Practical Information

Please bring suitable working clothes and shoes. Bring your own wood carving knife if you have one. There are plenty of tools in the workshop.

Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch and refreshments.

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am.

David Lovemore

David Lovemore started woodcarving in 1984 when he worked as a teacher with special needs students. The children responded better to woodcarving that other activities so he had to develop his own skills and soon became involved in training himself in the art of wood carving. This led to studying in Sussex at Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studio. He has a City & Guilds Woodcarving Diploma.

David’s love of woodcarving led to training with other professions wherever possible and a City and Guilds Diploma after seven years of devoted study.

David has run Amber Sculpture Studio at Hawkwood for over 20 years, teaching people with many abilities and needs over the years. He also accepts commissions from diverse customers.


"Very interesting. Facilities and tools more than required. Very friendly and good teacher and demonstrator. A very enjoyable course - inspired further action. Hawkwood had a lovely atmosphere and the good was very good."

"Our tutor was knowledgeable, kind and gave equal attention to everyone. There was a wonderful atmosphere."

"Very patient and good instructor - could not be better. A lovely experience."

"Course content was excellent and the tutor gave such great help and advice."