Nourish – Learning a new skill…

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2014 is my year of Nourish.  To enrich my life and feed my soul.  Not just mine but Dan and the boys too.  My full explanation on choosing the word ‘Nourish’ can be found here.  Our main goal is to learn new skills, to continue to better oneself and see how life develops.  
I think it is easier for me to try new things.  Being freelance allows a certain sense of freedom during the working week.  Time when the boys are at school I can indulge myself in meeting new people, visiting exhibitions, new places and learning new skills.  But for Dan it is a little trickier.  With only the weekend to cram in quality family time, some exercise and at the moment DIY.  Taking time out to do something just for him is increasingly becoming less and less.
So when I saw that EJ of Hatchet+Bear (you may remember my interview with her back here) was taking the leap and offering spoon carving workshops, I knew this would be perfect for him.  Long has he had a keen interest in wood carving.  Wielding the axe at any given moment mainly for chopping firewood.  Dan loves being in the forest, mountain biking, walking or drinking coffee!
EJ is running 3 one day workshops this year at her woodland base in Frome, Somerset.  She writes:
We will start the day at 10am with a cuppa and a few introductions – then get straight into carving!
The day is very structured and designed to build the chopping and carving skills needed to form a solid foundation in spoon carving. 
You don’t need any previous experience, but if you’ve already done a bit of spoon carving and you want to find out about all the little tips and tricks to improve – then this is going to benefit you too.

We will be busy.. but work at at relaxed pace.
Spoon carving is exciting, but it’s also very meditative and focused. 
We will leave at the end of the day with some lovely spoons.. The most important thing is; the skills everyone will take away with them – with which to build upon. Your spoon journey awaits!
Dan is super excited about the prospect and has already invested in some carving tools.  I on the other hand cannot wait to use the spoons he makes.  I hope in time he will make a set for all of us to use daily at home.
For more information on the Hatchet+Bear spoon carving workshops please visit EJ’s website here.  If you want to meet Dan, he’s doing the first one in April.  Be sure to book soon, places are filling up fast!

  • This sounds like a totally awesome class – for men and women! My husband has decided he needs to be more manly. He also loves chopping firewood and coffee! Wish I could send him to this class – knives and wood – doesn’t get much more manlier.

  • How fantastic! I’m sure he’ll have fun with both the making, and also with the burst of pride he’ll feel every time he uses one at home! (I’ve got a horror of getting splinters, so this is not a skill for me :P)

  • I would so love to do one of these workshops. I shall have to save my pennies up I think. Handcarved spoons are things of beauty.

  • What a wonderful workshop, I do hope Dan loves it and brings home those new skills to carry on making beautiful carved spoons x

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