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Welcome To Spoontown

The Largest Gathering Of Spoon Carvers Located In The Garden Of England

Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st July 2022

Sittingbourne – Kent (UK)

Your Journey Begins Here

Let the stresses of the world disappear for a long Summer weekend of Camping, Carving, and Learning at the very first Spoontown 2022

A project that full-time spoon carver and teacher Jill Swan has been dreaming about for years

Jill Swan - Looking At Spoon

Who’s ambition it was to organise an event in her home county of Kent

That embodies the joyfulness and positivity that spoon carving can bring

Inspired by the amazing Spoonfest held in Derbyshire by crafts pioneers Robin Wood and Barn The Spoon

Spoontown is an outdoor environment where spoon carvers of all skill levels can come together and share their passion for this wonderful craft

Camping In beautiful Kent countryside in the South East of England

Spoontown will have all you need to cut away from the world for 4 days and 3 nights in absolute woody bliss  

Enjoy all things related to spoon carving and greenwood crafts

Such as:

– Knife work

– Axe techniques

– Different methods of decoration

– Leatherwork

– Pole lathe bowl turning

– And much, much more

Soulwood Creations - Carving Axe

Whether you’re a complete beginner, intermediate, or seasoned professional

Spoontown will have something for you to explore

Limited to 150 places

This exclusive outdoor event will be for ticket holders only

What Does Your Spoontown Ticket Include ?

– Camping on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (3 nights total)

– Parking for the entire duration of the event

– Dedicated area for pitching tents

Campsite 1

– Area for campervans

– Purpose built toilet block + Washing facilities 

– Water supply

– Main Carving and Congregational Area

– Large selection of sustainably sourced fresh wood for carving

Wood Logs

– Access to carving stumps

– Communal marquee and barn

– Free demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday

– Central firepit

– Kettle constantly on the boil

– Free tea and coffee!

Kettle Boiling

– Evening entertainment (largely of your own making) on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights

– Spoon Clinic

– Sams Sharpening Station

– Pathcarvers: A space for your mental health to carve, drink tea, and talk or just be

– Sunday Craft Market

– The Spoontown Games

– Bonfire of the vanities

And last but not least … 149 other spoon carving enthusiasts!

Experience Live Demonstrations From Leading Spoon Carvers

We have an array of skilled spoon carvers who will be offering free demonstrations during the event

Covering topics such as:

– Axing out a spoon blank

– Chip carving

– Carving finials

– Knife sharpening

– And much, much more

(A detailed itinerary with times and days will be published closer to the event)

Deborah Schneebeli Morrell - Spoon 2
Deborah Schneebeli Morrell - Spoon 3
Deborah Schneebeli Morrell - Spoon 1

(The above spoons are hand carved by Deborah Schneebeli Morrell who will be running a workshop at the event)

A Unique Opportunity For ‘YOU’ To Demonstrate What You Can Do

If you have a particular skill set that you would like to showcase to others at Spoontown

Now is your chance!

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will have the opportunity to submit a demonstration request via a form we will provide you

Upon approval, you will be added to the list of guest demonstrators and be asked to provide a copy of your public liability insurance (If you don’t have this, we can point you in the right direction to get it)

We feel it is important that we give others in the spoon carving community the chance to introduce themselves to their peers

Introducing ‘The Spoon Clinic’

Do you have a question you’ve been burning to ask a seasoned spoon carver?

Ever wondered where people get their wood from? 

Do you struggle to get a smoother finish?

Where is a recommended source of tools in the UK?

To answer questions like this

You need the Spoon Clinic!

Our resident Spoon Doctors will be running open sessions where you can ask any question you’d like relating to Spoon Carving

Confirmed Spoon Doctors so far include:

Deborah Schneebeli Morrell

Lee Stoffer

Jill Swan

(More To Follow)

Sams Sharpening Station

What would a Spoon carving event be without sharpening!

Let us introduce you to Sam Bentham

Sam Bentham Sharpening

Sam runs a full-time tool sharpening business from his mobile workshop in and around the county of Kent

Coming from a strong background in Engineering

As well as being an avid Spooon carver himself

Sam will be in his element running the official Spoontown sharpening station

Timetable Of Events

Thursday 28th July 2022

Gates Open 3pm – 8pm

Park Your Car On Arrival

Registration – Collect Your Wristband

Pitch up – Tent or Campervan

Silver Spoon – Food Van (5pm)

Spoon Saloon – Bar (5pm)

Workshop Bookings (5pm – 7pm)

Induction (7pm – 7.30pm)

Campfire (7.30pm – Late)

Man Poking Campfire

Friday 29th July 2022

On Site Cafe = 8am – 4pm

Morning Workshop Session = 9am – 12pm

Lunchtime = 12pm – 2pm

Demonstrations = 12pm – 2pm

Afternoon Workshop Session = 2pm – 5pm

Spoon Clinic = 5pm – 7pm

Spoon Saloon (Bar) = 5pm – 10pm

Silver Spoon (Food Van) = 5pm – 9pm

Tools down + Campfire + Music = 7pm – Late

Ellie Wood Wool Willow - Tools 2

(The above tools belong to Ellie of ‘Wood Wool Willow’ who will be attending the event)

Saturday 30th July 2022

On Site Cafe = 8am – 4pm

Morning Workshop Session = 9am – 12pm

Lunchtime = 12pm – 2pm

Demonstrations = 12pm – 2pm

Afternoon Workshop Session = 2pm – 5pm

Group Photo – 5pm – 5.30pm

Spoon Clinic = 5.30pm – 7pm

Spoon Saloon (Bar) = 5.30pm – 10pm

Pizzalilly (Pizza Van) = 5.30pm – 9pm

Tools down + Bonfire of the vanities + Music = 7pm – Late

Friends Walking Campsite Mist

Sunday 31st July 2022

Chill and Carve

Breakfast Bar = 8am – 9am

Packed up and tent camping area cleared up by 10am

Set up stall for selling in the Craft Market by 10am

Closing Speech = 10am – 10.30am

Craft Market = 10.30am – 2pm

Spoontown Games 12pm – 1pm = Woody Olympics, Hammer Game, etc 

Take remaining wood + Clear wood pile = 1pm – 2pm

Finish + Leave site = 3pm

Site Shuts Down = 4pm

Spoon University

Workshop Sessions

Alongside the plethora of activities we have going on

We have over a dozen trainers available for half-day and / or full-day Workshop Sessions on the Friday and Saturday

We have been working behind the scenes to gather some of the best spoon carvers and crafty folk to offer these exclusive classes

Only confirmed ticket holders will have the opportunity to book on to these sessions

Prices start at £30 for a half-day session

Bookings will take place in person on the Thursday 28th July

Spaces are limited

Introducing our Lecturers:

Aimee Bell - Profile Picture

Aimee Bell

Aimee is a co-owner of a leatherworking business, with a passion for the outdoors and natural crafts

She will be teaching the following Workshops:

– How To Make A Leather Spoon Holster / Sheath

– How To Make A Spoon Bandolier i.e. Wearable Spoon Rack

Aimee Bell - Spoon Sheath
Mikey Elefant - Profile Picture

Mikey Elefant

Mikey lives in a small kibbutz, running a Centre for Woodland Crafts, guiding, teaching and spreading the word of spoon carving

He will be teaching the following Workshop:

– How To Carve An Asymmetrical Spoon

Mikey Elefant - Wooden Spoons
Sean Tillett - Profile Picture

Sean Tillett

Sean is a spoon carver and outdoors instructor with over a decade of experience, carving for mental health, and creativity

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– Basic Bushcraft / Multifunctional Spoon

– Bushcraft Campcraft & Woodcraft

– Speedy Spoon Horn

Sean Tillett - Wooden Spoons
Amy Leake - Profile Picture

Amy Leake

Amy is a Bowl Turner and Green Woodworker with over 12 years of experience in Woodsculture

She will be teaching the following Workshop:

– Pole Lathe Bowl Turning For Beginners

Amy Leake - Wooden Bowl
Lee Stoffer - Profile Picture

Lee Stoffer

Lee is a Green woodworker, Spoon carver, Toolmaker and is probably best known for the Spoon Scorp

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– Complete Beginners Guide To Chip Carving

– Putting A Wooden Handle On A Knife Blade

Lee Stoffer - Chip Carving
Deborah Schneebeli Morrell - Profile Picture

Deborah Schneebeli Morrell

Deborah is an experienced writer of craft books, a maker of many things and has spearheaded the “Spoons are good for you” project

She will be teaching the following Workshops:

– How To Make A Pocket Spoon Blank

– How To Make A Pocket Spoon

Deborah Schneebeli Morrell - Pocket Spoon
Mark Saich - Profile Picture

Mark Saich

Mark has been living in and managing his own woodland for many years. Teaching and training Eco-Construction, Woodland management and Spoon Carving amongst many other things

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– Back To Basics Of Spoon Carving

– Batch Carving Spoons

– Log To Spoon

Mark Saich - Wooden Spoon
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Martin Hazell

Martin is an odd job imp, green woodworker and collector of odd titles

He will be teaching the following Workshop:

– How To Carve A Scoop From A Crook

Martin Hazell - Flour Scoop
Nadine Grundy - Profile Picture

Nadine Grundy

Nadine is a woodland alchemist, combining fine art with beautiful things, finding fascination with the natural world and passing that joy on

She will be teaching the following Workshops:

– Improvers Axe Work & Axing Out An Eating Spoon

– Axing Out A Cooking Spoon Blank

– Woven Bark Sheath

– Decoration On Treen i.e. Chip Carving, Kolrosing And Milk Paint

Nadine Grundy - Bark Basket
Paul Bradley - Profile Picture

Paul Bradley

Paul is a skilled craftsman working in both Leather and Wood, creating beautiful and functional items

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– How To Make A Straight Knife Leather Sheath

– How To Make A Hook / Spoon Knife Leather Sheath

– How To Make A Leather Axe Sheath

– How To Make A Spoon Carving Bib

Paul Bradley - Leather Workshop
Richard Dunn - Profile Picture

Richard ‘Tricky’ Dunn

Richard fell into green woodworking by happy accident and didn’t want to find a way out

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– How To Carve A Spatula

– How To Carve Facets

Richard Dunn - Wooden Spoon
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Martin Rutherford

Martin is a Woodsman, Arborist, Group leader for men in sheds and host of the Whitstable spoon carving club

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– Beginners Spoon Blank And Axe Work

– Beginners Knife Work i.e. Learning 3 to 5 Basic Knife Cuts

Martin Rutherford - Wooden Spoon
Andreea Grad - Profile Picture

Andreea Grad

The spoons and utensils Andreea makes are infused with heart, reverence, nature’s whispers, and magic

She will be teaching the following Workshop:

– Ladle Layout Design And Roughing Out To Blank

Andreea Grad - Ladle
Harald Lamon - Profile Picture

Harald Lamon

Harald runs a small shop in Bruges (Belgium) and a woodland workshop nearby, where he does most of his teachings in green woodworking

He will be teaching the following Workshops:

– How To Carve An Eating Spoon

– How To Carve A Feather Spoon

Harald Lamon - Spoons
Adam Ashworth - Profile Picture

Adam Ashworth

Adam is a full-time knife maker based in the historic city of Leeds in the North of England

He will be teaching the following Workshop:

– Beginners Guide To Knife Making Using A Forge

Adam Ashworth - Knives

Where Is The Location ?

SPOONTOWN 2022 will be held at the ‘Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway’ venue

Situated close to Sittingbourne, in the High Weald of Kent, South East England

Bredgar - Eigiau Train
Bredgar - Helga Train
Bredgar - Armistice Train

The ‘Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway’ is a family run hobby train line

Which has been built by a group of friends since the early 1970s

Operated to a high standard, with a station, engine sheds and workshops

 Spoontown will be conveniently situated in an exclusive wooded area and surrounding fields

Closed to the general public

(Detailed instructions on how to get to the venue will be issued to ticket holders)

Purchase Your Spoontown Ticket

Ticket

Spoontown 2022 will be limited to 150 tickets

Each ticket will cost £105

And a reminder of exactly what is included in your ticket purchase:

– Camping on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (3 nights total)

– Parking for the entire duration of the event

– Dedicated area for pitching tents

– Area for campervans

– Purpose built toilet block + Washing facilities

– Water supply

– Main Carving and Congregational Area

– Large selection of sustainably sourced fresh wood for carving

– Access to carving stumps

– Communal marquee and barn

– Free demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday

– Central firepit

– Kettle constantly on the boil

– Free tea and coffee!

– Evening entertainment (largely of your own making) on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights

– Spoon Clinic

– Sams Sharpening Station

– Pathcarvers: A space for your mental health to carve, drink tea, and talk or just be

– Sunday Craft Market

– The Spoontown Games

– Bonfire of the vanities

– And last but not least … 149 other spoon carving enthusiasts!

All ticket purchases will be processed via the ‘Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway’ (BWLR) website

As they are our Spoontown partners

They have set up a dedicated page for Spoontown 2022

Which you can access by clicking the yellow button below

On that page, there will be a step by step breakdown of exactly how to buy your ticket

Once you have completed your ticket purchase with BWLR

You will receive the following two emails

  1. An invoice from PayPal as proof of purchase
  1. An email from BWLR that contains a link for you to download your ticket in the form of a PDF

Please keep both of those emails, as well as the PDF, saved for future reference

You will need a copy of the PDF, either on your phone or printed out, when registering at the event

Also, after you have completed your ticket purchase

Please go to the confirmation page by clicking the blue button below to access all of the details you will need to attend Spoontown 2022

That confirmation page will contain everything you need

Such as:

– Address of venue

– List of transport links

– Recommended kit list

– Workshop details

– Facebook group

– Etc

If you have any questions or queries regarding your ticket purchase

Please contact Jill using this email address – jill@jillswan.com

 Frequently Asked Questions

What if I haven’t carved a spoon before?

There will be free demonstrations covering various aspects of spoon carving

Alternatively, you can book yourself on to dedicated Workshop Sessions that will cover the entire spoon carving process in a lot more detail

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What if I’m already an experienced spoon carver?

You will have the opportunity to build upon your existing skills whilst being surrounded by other highly talented spoon carvers

Additionally, you will be able to showcase your skill during the guest demonstrations

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Is there car parking?

Yes and it is included in the ticket price

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What if I am arriving by public transport?

We will list all the nearest Train stations, Bus stops, etc on the confirmation page issued to you after you have bought your ticket

You can use those details to then plan your journey

British Train


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Can I do a car share using my own car or someone else’s?

We highly encourage this where possible

To best facilitate this, we recommend you discuss car sharing with other attendees on our Facebook group titled ‘Spoontownies’

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Can I arrive earlier than 3pm on the Thursday?

Afraid not

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Will I need proof of purchase when registering at the event?

Yes please, a copy of your ticket invoice / PDF on your phone will be sufficient

Smartphone

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Instead of camping, can I stay in a Hotel / Bed & Breakfast / Airbnb?

Of course you can

All we ask is that you wear your wristband at all times when at the event

And display your car pass on the dashboard when parking your car in the designated car park

We have one ticket price for everyone regardless of whether you camp at the venue or not


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Do you have any recommendations for a Hotel / Bed & Breakfast / Airbnb near the venue?

There are Hotels, Bed & breakfasts and Airbnbs in the area

However, we cannot give any specific recommendations 

We will provide you with the full address of the venue as well as a map of the area, on the confirmation page once you have bought your ticket

Feel free to use that to search online for suitable places to stay

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I have children, can they come?

Yes, children under 16 are free but they MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times

This is primarily an educational event for adults, and as such, we will not have facilities for children

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Can I purchase a cheaper ticket if I only attend part of the event?

We have one ticket price that gives you access to the entire event over the 4 days

The ethos behind Spoontown is that it will be an immersive environment

Therefore please do your best to attend the entire duration where possible

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Can I bring my own food?

There is a cafeteria on-site where you can purchase Breakfasts & Lunches (Vegan options available)

On Thursday / Friday / Saturday evenings we will have a food truck available (Vegan options available)

Asides from that, feel free to cook your own food using your own camping gas equipment

We will have a dedicated central fire pit you can cook over as well

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Can I light my own fire?

Asides from the communal fire pit, no other fires are allowed

Communal Firepit

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Are there toilet facilities on-site?

Yes, including disabled access toilets

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Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Yes the site is wheelchair accessible

But please bear in mind this is a grassy outdoor location open to the elements

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Are there shower facilities?

No

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What if covid strikes?

The past two years have taught us that anything is possible and out of our control

If we are told to postpone the event by the government due to Covid or other unforeseen circumstances

Then refunds will be issued – Minus a 10% administration fee

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What if after purchasing my ticket I cannot attend?

You will have the chance to reassign your ticket via the Facebook Group ‘Spoontownies’

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Do I need to bring tools to carve at the event?

Yes we encourage you to bring your own tools

Jill Swan - Axe + Knife

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Are Workshop Sessions included in the ticket price?

Workshop Sessions will be a separate payment that goes directly to the trainers

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Will I need to provide my own tools for the Workshop Sessions?

Some of the trainers will provide all the tools needed

Whereas others may require you to bring tools along with you

Specific information for each Workshop Session will be listed on the confirmation page when you have purchased your ticket

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Can I sell my wares?

There will be a Spoontown Craft Market on the Sunday between 10.30am – 2pm

Where everyone can sell their Spoons, Tools, Crafts, and Outdoor gear

To cover the cost of a pitch fee, we ask for a donation that will go directly to a chosen charity (TBC)

Vintage Tools

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Can I bring alcohol?

There’s no need as we will have a bar available in the evenings

But if you do bring your own, we ask that you take your empties home with you and you do not drink and carve

We are sure you know how to be sensible

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Can I bring my dog?

Yes

But they will have to be on a lead at all times

No barking during the night

And please clean up after your dog

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Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is permitted outside of shelters

But please be aware of those around you who do not smoke

And dispose of cigarette butts responsibly

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Is there mobile phone reception?

Yes

Although not guaranteed what with it being an outdoor location

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Are there electrical outlets?

No, as this is a rural campsite

So please bring your own power packs

Mobile Phone Power Bank

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Are there any cashpoints on-site?

No

Bring enough cash with you

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Can I make on-site purchases with a credit/debit card?

Workshop Sessions will be Cash only

The On-site cafe will accept Cash & Debit/Credit cards

The Food Truck will accept Cash & Debit/Credit cards 

Bar (Spoon Saloon) will accept Cash & Debit/Credit cards 

The Sunday Spoontown Craft Market will be Cash only

Due to patchy mobile phone signal, it is best advised to use cash where possible

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How far is the nearest supermarket / newsagent?

We would advise you to visit shops before arriving, as we will need to observe vehicle movement restrictions onsite for the duration of Spoontown

If you urgently need to visit a Supermarket or Newsagent during the event, one of our volunteers will provide you with more details and directions

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Are there water taps?

Yes, there will be running water for drinking and washing

Water Tap

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Are there washing up facilities?

Yes

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What do I bring?

You will be issued a recommended kit list upon confirmation of ticket purchase

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Where do I dispose of my rubbish?

You take it home with you in a rubbish bag that you will be issued with upon arrival

Trash Bag

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Can I drive offsite during the event?

Yes, but with caution

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Can I leave the event early?

Yes

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Can I stay an extra night?

Afraid not

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What if I don’t know anyone there?

You will be amongst 149 other spoon carvers

And we are a very friendly bunch!

We look forward to seeing you at SPOONTOWN 2022!

Contact Us

If you have any questions or queries

Please do not hesitate to contact Jill Swan using this email address – Jill@jillswan.com