Jill Swan’s Spoon Academy

Jill Swan has been carving spoons since she acquired a small piece of woodland 8 years ago, and was determined to produce something beautiful from the wood after being told by the forestry commission that her beautiful wild woodland full of maple and beech and oak had no value as it was ‘all just firewood’. Having studied sculpture she was no stranger to carving, but the attraction of working freshly cut greenwood in a woodland setting using traditional hand tools very quickly took over her life and she built a business around it. Now demonstrating and teaching all over the country, and Europe this year, Jill’s Spoon Academy is spreading the message that spooncarving is part of a renaissance of traditional crafts, reconnecting us to the countryside and to natural materials.