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Greenwood Spoon Carving

A creative and intensive weekend working with wood fresh from the forest to make both a spoon and a spatula. This holiday is aimed at beginners and you’ll use specialist Scandinavian carving knives, guided by tutor Steve Bretel. You will start with practicing the basics at your own pace, while gaining a thorough understanding of the safety and awareness needed when using these tools. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find that carving wood is a rewarding, immersive and relaxing creative art form.

Selecting from ‘blanks’ – rough shapes cut for you with an axe and draw knife from sustainable greenwood – you are then encouraged to carve your own unique contemporary design. This may be functional, or purely decorative and artistic, working with the form the wood has suggested, following the grain once cleaved. You will leave with a thorough understanding of the process, and lots of ideas for finishing your piece at home. You may even have made something you decide to give as a gift! All materials and equipment are supplied.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2021

Our greenwood spoon carving holidays run for 2-nights from Friday to Sunday and start from £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

May 21st to 23rd 2021
October 15th to 17th 2021

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family who doesn’t want to do one of our courses, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call  01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Friday
Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Saturday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the weekend, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Saturday
Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with home baking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Sunday
Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art, craft or activity and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

What’s Included

  • 2 days of specialist tuition from Steve Bretel
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All materials and tools for the course are included.

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and enclosed shoes (no sandals or open-toed shoes since you will be working with sharp tools). You may also wish to bring an apron with you. Participants will have the option of wearing special gloves, which will be provided by your tutor.

Tutor – Steve Bretel
Steve Bretel, is a fine art painter, maker and enthusiastic educator. Following his studies at art school in Wales, then a career in London as a commercial artist, Steve moved north to pursue his love for creative adventure painting in the mountains, forests, villages and coastal towns of Scotland, where he is now based. He has also worked in outdoor and community arts education, greenwood crafting, and is a qualified mountain leader and musician.

Steve has taught creative classes for nearly 20 years, and believes that understanding the needs of the learner is fundamental, and the key to success. His passion lies in developing the creative confidence and abilities of each person through progressing their style at a pace that suits them, and passing on skills through a blend of demonstrations, group and individual instruction and positive feedback.

He is a past member of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers, and holds a BA in Visual Communication. He exhibits regularly through galleries and open studio events in the UK, and has work in collections in the UK and other countries. When not working on location, he is based at his Fife home studio, and from his workspace at The Steeple in Newburgh, run by the WASPS arts organisation. He is currently Artist in Residence at Rahoy Hills nature reserve, Morvern.

Steve also teaches the Watercolour Painting retreats at Gartmore House.

For more information about Steve please visit his website.

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