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Carve a wooden spoon: Online course
Carve a wooden spoon: Online course
Carve a wooden spoon: Online course
Carve a wooden spoon: Online course
Carve a wooden spoon: Online course
Carve a wooden spoon: Online course

Carve a wooden spoon: Online course

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell
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Learn with a spoon carving expert - and discover why this time-honoured craft is so satisfying - and gain skills that you'll cherish forever.

Learn how to carve a wooden serving spoon with seasoned maker and author Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.

With UNLIMITED ACCESS 24/7, you’ll be able to drop in and out of the course at your own pace, and refer back to it anytime. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select and maintain the correct tools
  • Choose the right wood
  • Axe wood confidently and safely
  • Whittle the wood using basic knife grips and carving techniques
  • Carve and shape spoon, from bowl to handle
  • Finish your spoon to a professional standard

By breaking down the spoon-carving process into step-by-step video guides, this course makes it straight-forward and easy to learn this peaceful and rewarding craft - from the comfort of your own home.

Start your journey into the wonderful world of spoon carving!

You can try our taster course and get an introduction to spoon carving for free here.

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About this online spooncarving course

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Course curriculum

  • VIDEO: Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell (1:00)
Getting Started
  • What you'll need
  • VIDEO: Choosing the right wood (0:06)
  • Spoon Template
  • Glossary of Terms
  • VIDEO: A longer introduction to wood types and spoon styles (10:59)


  • VIDEO: Axe Tips and Safety (6:40)
  • VIDEO: Split the wood (1:23)
  • VIDEO: Shaping the Billet (3:07)
  • VIDEO: Making the crank (3:10)
  • VIDEO: Chopping out the step (2:18)
  • VIDEO: Shape the Back of the Spoon (4:42)
  • VIDEO: The grain (2:32)
  • VIDEO: Draw Central Line and Outline (3:38)
  • VIDEO: Cutting the Outline (5:34)
  • VIDEO: Cutting out the Shoulders (4:20)
  • VIDEO: Finish Shaping the Back of the Spoon (3:30)


  • VIDEO: Knife types and safety (3:07)
  • VIDEO: Slicing pull (1:39)
  • VIDEO: The reinforced pull and thumb push (1:43)
  • VIDEO: Thumb Pivot and Thumb Pull (1:24 
  • VIDEO: Chest Lever Grip (1:09)
  • VIDEO: Neaten Axe-Cut Lines (2:49)
  • VIDEO: Dressing the Spoon (3:05)
  • VIDEO: Shaping the Back and Shoulder of the Spoon (6:51)
  • VIDEO: Refining the Handle (4:39)
  • VIDEO: Creating the Chamfer Cuts (3:56)
  • VIDEO: Shape the Front of the Handle (5:30) 
  • VIDEO: Shape the Edge of the Handle (4:21) 
  • VIDEO: Cut the End of the Handle (1:17)
  • VIDEO: Carve Out the Bowl (4:09)
  • VIDEO: Continue Carving Bowl (8:36)
  • VIDEO: Shape the Rim of the Bowl (3:11) 
  • VIDEO: Cut the Outside of the Spoon (2:55)
  • VIDEO: Cut the Pinch (4:40)


  • VIDEO: Finishing the Spoon (13:15)
  • VIDEO: Finishing Touches (2:58)
  • VIDEO: Your Finished Spoon (0:25)

Course preview

What you will need for this course

You can source carving tools online or from specialist shops. Deborah recommends, and their starter tool kit.

Contact us for advice if you’re unsure of where to find these items or post in our support Facebook Group.

  • Green wood log (willow) at least 13cms diameter and 30cms long (often good to have a bit longer than the billet as you will need bits for drying and cutting off)- bear in mind you will need to create a billet 25-30 cms long 7-10cms wide and at least 4-.5cms deep
  • Chopping block
  • Axe block
  • Axe (small Carpenter's axe)
  • Saw
  • Beetle/Basher (a homemade mallet) 
  • x2 Swedish Mora Knives (Sloyd knife) - one longer and one shorter
  • Curved spoon knife
  • Small finishing knife (optional)
  • Flexible ruler (tape measure)
  • Pencil or marker
  • Template

Is this course suitable for beginners?

Yes - Deborah's expert tips and methods means that even complete beginners can master the skills quickly. You will start with the basic act of whittling, and gradually build up momentum through to the more advanced stages of shaping and finishing your spoon. It can also be used as a learning resource to complement or follow on from a physical spoon carving workshop, as you can complete the course at your own pace, and refer back to it anytime.

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Meet your instructor, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

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Portrait of maker Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell.

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell originally trained in Fine Art and received a grant from the Crafts Council in 1987. She has exhibited work widely and has taught in schools, art schools and art residencies. She has written 30 project-based craft books on a range of subjects and wants to encourage and value 'handwork' and creativity.