Wood Carving

Amazing wet weather alternative in the Cairngorms where you still get your fix of physical activity but also go home with some traditional craft skills.

With over 15 years experience of working with wood and a passion for teaching, Wooden Tom will bring out the creative talents of every individual. By limiting the number of people to 6 per course students will get the dedicated time they need, not only to go home with a hand carved utensil but more importantly, the traditional skills to carry on this ancient craft.

Come to Tom, or Tom can come to you bringing all tools and equipment with full public liability insurance and first aid training.

Learn new skills in the woods.. whatever the weather!

Wooden Tom specialises in courses teaching traditional green woodworking – using hand tools and ‘green’ wood that hasn’t been dried or treated in any way. What could be nicer than sitting out in the woods, whittling away in the sunshine, or cosying up by the woodburner with a cup of tea if it’s raining (or snowing), all the while learning new practical skills?!

Have a look at the videos below for an introduction to Wooden Tom’s world, and a speedy tutorial on how to carve a spoon!

Families, corporate groups, birthday parties (all ages!) and stag and hen parties all welcome.

Group courses

Please enquire about prices for groups or parties on the contact page.

Half day courses

1-6 people £210  or Tom can come to you for £260 plus mileage

Courses offered

  • Scandinavian Butterknife making (Perfect taster session where you will learn how to select the right wood and use the tools safely)


Full day courses

1-6 people £300  or Tom can come to you for £350 plus mileage.

Courses offered

  •  Spoon carving (great full day first project)
  • Highland cup making
  • Whisky quaich
  • Sgian dubh
  • Knife making
  • Advanced cups (2 day course add extra £150)
  • Goblet making (2 day course add extra £150)



*For Highland cup making, whisky quaich, knife or Skiing Dubh making an extra £20 is required to cover the cost of the larger timber used plus the transport of workbenches*


Wooden Tom is proud to have worked with…

Woodland trust logo   Highland-Archaeology-Services logo    nms logo   scouts logo RSPB logo nts logo

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