11 May: Highland Cup Making with Wooden Tom

Highland Cup Making Course

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Highlanders by replicating a 2000 year old Highlands cup of your own. With expert tuition from Wooden Tom, you will be guided to safely use hand tools such as a knife and axe to create your own Highlands kuksa cup or whisky quaich to take home.

There is no need for prior experience as you will be guided step-by-step in all the green wood skills and tool techniques needed on the day. This is a great course to learn many of the grounding skills in one day which are transferable on to other carving projects.

Who is Wooden Tom?

As a way of avoiding the streets of Northern England growing up I found myself at every opportunity escaping the urban jungle and heading for the woods. I would make camps and whittle sticks with borrowed tools from my carpenter grandfather. This was undoubtedly the start of my addiction! Ever since, I sought to expand my knowledge by learning from experts in the field but mainly from lots and lots of mistakes! In 2010 a job brought me to the Scottish Highlands working with the forestry commission where i fell in love with the Cairngorms. One of the defining features in this area are the clean white stems of the Birch trees, and it is with these trees i have my closest connection with carving. I use the wood for making various kitchen utensils, although my main passion is making drinking vessels.

Skills learned

  • Using an axe to accurately cleave wood
  • Correct use of the carving axe to rough out the shape of your item
  • Safe use and cutting techniques with the carving knife and gouge

Tools used

  • Carving axe
  • Saw
  • Carving knife
  • Gouge
  • Mallet

Course's start at 10am. We will aim to finish around 5pm each day. All tools and materials provided. Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided all day long but please BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH.

Limited places available. Book online by clicking HERE. Phone on 07879856630 or email aaronsterritt@hotmail.com.