A Spoon Gathering

A Spoon Gathering


Hole & Corner invites you to Messums Wiltshire for an afternoon of spoon carving followed by dinner and music

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Hole & Corner assembles some of the best spoon-carvers in the UK (imagine the slow version of a flashmob) including Robin Wood, Jojo Wood, Hatchet + Bear, Mark Reddy, Forest + Found and Barn the Spoon (more names to be announced)

The event will be hosted in the impressive gallery space of Messums Wiltshire. There will be tuition for novice spoon carvers and plenty of space too for those who are more experienced and would like to carve in the company of some of best spoon whittlers in the country. 

Bring your own tools if you have them, but if not, wood and tools will be provided. 

At the end of the day we'll serve you a delicious three-course dinner (to be eaten with your own hand-whittled spoon). Plus there'll be a bar and music! 

Please note:  Children and partners are welcome to visit the barn and observe the afternoon activities but for safety reasons the carving session is for over 16s only. 


Spoon Carvers
Robin Wood MBE
Maker of wooden bowls, spoons and woodcarving tools. Author, teacher and founding chair of the Heritage Crafts Association. 

Barnaby Carder (aka Barn the Spoon) 
The original London spoon carver, whose studio in Hackney, London brought spoon carving and woodworking into the heart of the city and who is currently writing a book about his experiences. 

Forest + Found
A sustainable craft and design partnership set up by Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth in late 2014.

Hatchet + Bear
Is EJ Osborne who makes handcrafted spoons, utensils and other useful objects for everyday use.  

JoJo Wood  
A craftsperson, carver of wooden spoons as well as an apprentice clog maker. Wood is passionate about all things handmade.

Steve Tomlin
A green woodworker, Tomlin hand carves chairs, bowls and spoons plus other beautiful and practical goods, from locally sourced wood. 

Adam Hawker
Influenced by the traditional Scandinavian style, Adam Hawker is a green woodworking teacher, with a passion for spoons.

Grain and Knot
After completing the Prince's Trust Enterprise Scheme in 2014, Sophie Sellu is now a full time woodworker making wooden kitchenware, with each item made from reclaimed timber.

Nic Webb
An artist and maker Webb creates spoons with a story – his uniquely formed utensils have all been hand carved from green timber (fresh living wood), which he collects on walks around the British Isles & abroad.

Sean Hellman
A woodworker-designer with a passion for trees. He teaches and practices traditional green woodworking skills: from fan bird carving to making spoons and boxes. 

Messums Wiltshire
A pioneering gallery and arts centre set within an area of outstanding natural beauty, which opened in Autumn 2016 after an extensive two-year restoration project. The building dates back to the 13th century, and was originally built as a storage barn for the Abbess of Shaftesbury. It is the largest barn of its kind in the country and – together with the farmhouse and gatehouses, forms part of one of the finest surviving groups of monastic grange buildings in the country.

The details
The event is being held on Saturday 12th November 2016 from 2.30pm to 10pm.  Carving will commence from 2.30pm to 6pm. And we'll serve dinner at the end of the day from 6.30pm with music and a bar until 10pm. 

Messums Wiltshire. The Barn, Place Farm, 
Court Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW

Travel by Road
Messums Wiltshire is located on the eastern edge of the village of Tisbury, 13 miles west of Salisbury. It is easily accessible from London via the M3 and A303 and from the South West via the A30 and A303.

By Rail
Messums Wiltshire is less than a mile from Tisbury station (3 minutes by taxi or 10 minutes by foot). Trains from London Waterloo take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes and leave every hour at 20 minutes pass the hour.

If you'd like to stay the night in the area, Messums Wiltshire has a list of hotels and B&Bs nearby on their website.

Spoon Carving Tuition & Dinner £65
Spoon Carving (no tuition) & Dinner £30

Photographs Jake Eastman / Jojo Wood