Due to the current COVID-19 guidance, the courses that Martin is able to offer are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Courses will be run on a private tuition basis and are limited to no more than two students from the same household or support bubble.

  • The courses will take place entirely in the workshop, with access to the cottage for using the toilet.

  • Students will have to bring their own lunch.

  • Students will be asked to bring a face covering that they are comfortable wearing, if they wish to use one.


While a range of standard courses are available, tailor-made courses can also be provided to meet specific student requirements.


Gift Vouchers for some of the courses are available on the Shop page. 

Vouchers for other courses can be provided on request. 

The following courses are currently available:

Two-Day Spoon Carving Course

​A two day course covering:

  • Making at least two projects.

  • Wood; selection, storage & properties.

  • ​Knife & axe skills.

  • Tool selection & sharpening.

Knife Skills & Whittling Course

A one day course covering:

  • Knife selection.

  • Knife skills.

  • Knife sharpening.

  • Wood selection.

  • Making a number of projects.

One-Day Spoon Carving Course
A one day course covering:
  • Basic knife & axe skills.
  • Tool sharpening.
  • Making a simple spoon.
Introduction to Spoon Decoration
A one day course covering:
  • Stab work.
  • Basic engraving techniques.
  • Decorating a spoon (provided).
All courses include the following:

  • Tools and wood provided.

  • Wood to take home.

  • Course notes.

  • Refreshments.

The course fee is £150 per person per day. 

In order to arrange a course, please telephone (01295-758519) or email Martin using the contact form here.

About Martin

Martin Damen is a Maker of Hand-Carved Spoons and Bowls.  Traditional hand tools are used by Martin to make his spoons and bowls from timber sourced from within 10 miles of the workshop.

Martin teaches a range of courses at his workshop on a private tuition basis.

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