2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

National Festival of Making + Studio Critical: Spoon Carving Workshop

1st March 2023

The National Festival of Making and designer and maker Nick Vorstermans from Studio Critical: invite you to take part in a Spoon Carving workshop using locally sourced sustainable green wood salvaged from urban trees that fell naturally or were trimmed.



Using traditional woodworking techniques you will carve a functional cooking spoon and will learn about designing, sourcing wood and be shown how to safely use carving hand tools

Each participant will leave with a functional cooking spoon and the knowledge to start their own carving projects.


Practical Bits

  • These workshops are open to ages 18 and over.
  • The cost is £10.00 to attend.
  • Limited availability with 8 places.
  • All materials will be provided.
  • No previous woodworking experience is required!
  • This workshop will last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Refreshments will be provided, please let us know in advance of the workshop if you have any food allergies.
  • This workshop will take place on the ground floor of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. There is ramp access to the building.



This session has been partially subsidised with the support of our funders to provide this opportunity.

Photographs will be taken during the course of the workshop and may be shared online, in print material and to promote the National Festival of Making and/or Studio Critical’s work in the future. Please let us know before the session if you would not like to be included in any photography.


Workshop Dates

Thursday 16th March

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery.

If you have purchased a ticket and are no longer able to attend the workshops, please request a refund so that the ticket may be available for someone else.


Studio Critical: is a Manchester / Salford-based studio creating tactile wooden objects. Designer/Maker Nick Vorstermans focuses his practice on using locally and sustainably sourced materials. His wooden spoons, bowls, furniture & other objects are handmade – many of them from green wood salvaged from urban trees that fell naturally or were trimmed.

Learn more about Studio Critical

Photography Credit: Alex Macdougall



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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