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Woodcarving Course | £100/5 weeks | Level: Beginner | 18.06.20

18 June, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 23 July, 2020

£50.00 – £100.00

A Beginners Introduction to Wood Carving at The Barn, Heswall  

Tutor Jo Burton. Jo has over 10 years of experience in woodcarving, selling sculptures, taking commissions, producing signs and wooden jewellery. She has a love of working with wood and sharing these age old techniques used in this traditional craft. Examples of her work can be found on her website at or at The Barn in Heswall.

Course Information

As it takes time to learn the skills used in carving this course will initially comprise of 5 sessions. The course cost is £100 for all 5 sessions. Deposit option £50.  The 5 week course starts on 18th June 2020 and ends on 23rd July and runs at the same time/day each week Except for the session that would be on the 25th of June which is a week later. Unfortunately, if you are unable to attend upon one date during the 5 week course, no reduction or substitute date can be offered. However, as you will be working at your own pace, this will not affect your progression.

Places are limited (8 people) so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Your place can be secured by way of a non refundable deposit and the balance is payable 14 days prior to the course commencement.

Course description

These sessions are intended to introduce beginners to the art of wood carving by hand using chisels. It will not cover the use of chainsaws etc.

The sessions will cover the safe use of chisels, types of chisels, sharpening chisels, wood that is suitable or unsuitable for carving, carving and finishing techniques, along with practical experience of carving.

Students will be supported individually and will start with a simple guided piece of relief carving to learn to handle chisels safely. They will then be encouraged to choose their own project with some guidance so that their work reflects their interests and their experience.

Workbenches and chisels will be provided and kiln dried lime wood for the initial project so that you have all that you need to get started.

Students are asked to wear sensible clothing that will not catch and will offer some protection e.g. jeans and t-shirt/ jumper, sensible flat or low heeled shoes with full foot protection i.e. not toe-less sandals.


General information for those attending workshops/creative courses at The Barn:-

What is the full venue address?

The Barn, Pye Rd, Heswall, CH60 0DB

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the venue?

On street parking is limited to the front and rear. However, the rear car park is often freely available evenings after 5/6pm. Otherwise May Road car park is accessible within a short walk (2 minutes) of The Barn. This is a meter operated system. Public transport links are nearby with the main bus depot being a short walk to The Barn. The venue is easily accessible on foot from Heswall Centre and is located on the same street as The Johnny Pye pub and around the corner from the main PO/Sass hairdressers.

How accessible is the venue?

The workshop space is located on the upper floor and accessed via approximately 10 wooden steps. Access can be gained via the front or rear. There are toilet provisions on the ground floor. We would advise wheelchair users or those with limited mobility to contact The Barn to ensure a car park space is reserved at the rear if possible although there are on street parking options for disabled Blue Badge users at the front of the building.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Feel free to get in touch via email to or to the course tutor direct, if details have been provided.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you find that you cannot attend then you are welcome to pass your place on to a friend who may find it useful. Please let The Barn and /or the organiser know the name of the substitute if you need to do this.
Alternatively, tickets can be transferred to a future workshop, delivered by the same tutor, if an e-mail request is made to & is sent with at least 14 clear days notice prior to the event itself. Unfortunately, with no prior written notice and within 14 days of the event, the ticket is not transferable but can still be passed to a friend to take the place.

Do I have to bring my e-mail confirmation to the event?

A register will be taken at the workshop so it isn’t necessary to print your ticket. In fact, we’d prefer you didn’t to save the environment!

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Full refunds will be offered in the event of the class being cancelled by the tutor. In this scenario, we will give as much notice as possible and offer alternative dates if appropriate. All workshops do have a minimum requirement of ticket sales for it to proceed so there is a possibility of it being cancelled of these are not met. However, we will aim to contact you with at least 3-5 days notice if this is the case.

If for any reason you find you are unable to attend, then please get in touch and a refund (less any non refundable deposit) can be offered up to 30 days before the workshop. Outside of this 30 day period and/or if no deposit option is specified, we are unable to offer a refund.

What can or should I bring into the event?

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing to most workshops. Light refreshments will be provided along with biscuits but you are welcome to bring your own snacks, particularly if your course runs over lunch or you have special dietary requirements. Please inform the venue should you have a nut allergy 7 days prior to attending the workshop.

Course tutors will provide all necessary tools, equipment & materials unless specified.


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18 June, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£50.00 – £100.00
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Jo Burton


The Barn
Pye Road, Heswall
Wirral, Merseyside CH60 0DB United Kingdom
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07707 641878