Introductory Whittling

With Alex Finberg

Join us and learn the art of whittling with woodcraft tutor Alex Finberg. We will spend the day carving a wooden spreader and a bolete mushroom from freshly cut wood.

Is this for you?

There is something wonderfully satisfying about taking a simple whittling knife and carving branch wood into practical and beautiful shapes. These 2 projects teach an array of whittling techniques which can be taken away and applied at home or in the woods. This is the perfect introduction to safe and effective whittling techniques, suitable for children over 8 and adults. 

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, Alex is more than happy to explore how to support your learning together. 

Approach to Learning
Alex’s 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
  • Hat, Sun-cream, Warm Clothes & Waterproofs
  • Packed Lunch

Tuesday, 8 August 2023

£66 Regular
£78 Supporter

Limited bursary places for £46 are available on application.

Facilitator details

Alex Finberg

Alex is a British green wood worker based in South Devon, using age-old carving techniques to carve wood into beautiful, functional woodenware from wind fallen and sustainably cut local trees. Alex runs workshops and courses on spoon carving, bowl carving, whittling and shrink-pot making at Ambios, Schumacher College and on the Wild Circle Retreats in Cornwall. He holds qualifications in Outdoor & Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Forest School Leader Level 3 with an enhanced DBS. He has taught children as young as 3 to whittle in the woods and guided students in their 80’s to take up Woodworking.