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  Woodwork and Old Bodgers

My latest hobby is green woodworking. I wrote about my hobby in a book called Simple Pleasures, published by the National Trust, and I recently received this lovely email from someone who read the book.

In August 2013 I attended SpoonFest - The International Celebration of the Carved Spoon in Edale, Derbyshire. I had a wonderful time there and met some terrific people. I saw some truly inspirational people making the most beautiful wooden spoons.

Here are some very useful woodworking links.......

And here are some things that I have made...........

The Chair in progress


The finished item


A very useful device for summer barbeques

Wine goblet

Hand-carved bowl

Welsh Love Spoons

Nest of tables

Table in progress

Turned salad bowl and servers

Hand-carved salad bowl and servers

Turned bowl with bark left on

Hand-carved bowl with bark left on

Turned bowl

Turned bowl, made on electric lathe

Double garden seat

"Poppy" Remembrance Bench

Here is the bowl I eat my breakfast out of every morning. Turned on my new lathe.

I spend a lot of time on trains, and I often carve a spoon or two on the journey, much to the amusement of my fellow passengers.


Meditation Stool


Useful Woodworking Links

Meanwhile if you are interested in Woodwork.... why not look at some of my favourite websites.


Green Woodwork Courses with Gudrun Leitz at Clisset Wood in Herefordshire.


Handmade Tools, Knives and Leather Work by Ben Orford


Spoon and Bowl Carving  by Robin Wood, an internationally respected wood worker specialising in use of local timbers and traditional techniques, but with a distinctive modern twist.


SpoonFest -  The International Celebration of the Carved Spoon in Edale, Derbyshire.


The Association of Pole Lathe Turners


The art of wood turning and other wood hobbies - Alan Bernau





A lovely Email which I received in May 2013 from a fellow woodworker.

Subject: Gudrun & Green Woodworking


 Hi Adam

I wanted to thank you for your contribution to the book Simple Pleasures. My friend bought the book for me as a present and when I read your chapter on Green Woodworking I was fascinated and felt something stir inside me…


 Two years later and last weekend I found myself on the introduction course with Gudrun. What a fantastic weekend I had! It was just as you described it. The peace of the woods, the focus, energy and concentration of the woodworkers and Gudrun’s inspiration (and cooking) all made it a wonderful experience.


We even camped in a hut with 2 degrees in the night so the the bucket shower in the morning and the kettle on the campfire was a definite highlight!. I sit at work this morning a proud owner of a “hobbit stool” with a smile on my face and the smell of the campsite still in my hair.


Why am I writing to you? To thank you for your inspiration. If you hadn’t contributed to the Simple Pleasures book, I would never have met Gudrun and spent a wonderful weekend doing something that makes my heart truly sing.


I loved seeing that you carve spoons on the train on your website. That is my next project…

Many many heartfelt thanks.



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