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The Great Scottish Spoon Hoolie 2024

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Rachel Bainton

I carved my first spoon in 2016;  having always loved the infinite variety in wood grain, and having always been interested in craft and making, finding greenwood carving, and specifically spoons was like a homecoming.  What gets me about spoons is their functionality – I’m interested in making beautiful things, but I’m even more interested if they’re useful too.  I like repeating shapes and striving for repeatability and consistency – to some, that’s boring, but to me it’s how I go deeper into this particular rabbit hole.

anna barker

Hello! I’m Anna Barker and I live near Macclesfield in Cheshire. My spoon carving journey started back in 2012 when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Taking time off work to come to terms with this diagnosis gave me room to explore hobbies I was keen to try, one of these being spoon carving. This hobby soon became my passion and has helped me to keep active. I use the traditional methods of axe and knife for hand carving spoons, scoops and shrink pots, using sustainably sourced greenwood. I have learnt my skills from some top spoon and bowl carving practitioners such as Jogge Sundqvist, Barn the Spoon and Jane Mickelborough amongst others, developing and honing my skills at events such as Spoonfest, The Bowl Gathering and the Bodgers Ball. I have recently started teaching greenwoodcrafts and this year I look forward to teaching at The Great Scottish Spoonhoolie and Spoontown. You can find more details and information about me and my carving on my website,

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jane gray-wallis

I am a coppice worker with eighteen years of experience working in several woods in Gloucestershire. I teach green woodworking at the GL11 Community Hub in Cam and have been a spoon carving tutor for the last six years. I feel really blessed to be able to work in such a beautiful environment. Though perhaps less so when the rain is dripping down my neck! It is a personal joy to pass on my skills to other people. There is a growing spoon carving community in the UK. It is a wonderful hobby whether you carve alone in the woods or in the company of like-minded souls. However you are placed: come to the woods, breathe deeply and create something beautiful.

Deborah Schneebeli Morrell

Having originally trained in fine art Deborah became addicted to spoon carving (she’s a spoon a day type!) after a long career as an artist/ teacher and a writer of craft books. She is known for investigating and carving a large variety of different wood species and has even realised that a lovely piece of wood can do more than anything to cheer you up! She has a lifelong interest in the value and meaning of making and its therapeutic and transformational  aspects.



jill swan

With an extensive background in fine and commercial art, Jill Swan discovered spoon carving when she began managing a woodland in 2007. Gripped by a fervour of enthusiasm that has still to abate, she threw her life - well, spare time - headlong into the ever-challenging world of making a satisfactory utensil. After struggling alone for a year or so, she took to paying for lessons from several respected spoon carvers, and she now teachers and demonstrates all over. 'I probably made every mistake you can make in that first year, which makes me very understanding with beginners. It's such a fantastic activity - good for the mind and the soul!'

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