Spoon carving with Grain & Knot: the latest craze to whittle its way through London

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It’s not often I find myself bright-eyed and full of energy at 10am on a Saturday morning in Homerton, despite having celebrated life with a few sherbets the night before. More unusual still, do I find myself clutching an off-cut of wood in one hand, whilst wielding a knife in the other, in between asking for tips regarding how best to make the deepest cuts. This was never going to be your run-of-the-mill Saturday morning coffee stop, but that’s what I loved about it. Well, that and a million-and-one other things.

It was certainly one of the more unusual courses I’d done lately, but I will rue the day when I hear someone say it sounds ‘dead easy’. Mainly because …that’s what I said when I first arrived. Spoon carving: shaving bits of wood into the shape of cutlery. How testing can that be? Turns out, very. Also, add to that, ‘massively therapeutic’, ‘wholly engrossing’ and ‘seriously addictive’.

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Sophie was our tutor – also known as Grain & Knot – the spoon carving company-of-one with an Instagram audience of over 10,000. After a brief introduction regarding how best to hold the wood so you won’t lose a finger, we started and made our first cut – after which I realised how easy it was to lose a finger.

I mean, not quite. It’s not like spoon carving involves mini chain saws, but it’s certainly easy to take some skin off, if you’re not careful.

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What a lovely course to learn a new skill and make new friends! I’d thought. Fast-forward twenty minutes and I was totally absorbed, brow furrowed, spell-bound. I wasn’t saying a word to anyone. So, not as social as I’d hoped. The spoon was my only friend now.

Of course a few mistakes were made along the way. I say ‘a few’ – as I neared the end of my spoon-shaping journey and was adding some ‘finishing touches’, I got a bit gauge-heavy and carved a hole right through the middle of it. So, in terms of my wooden stick fulfilling all of its spoon-themed dreams …well, it wasn’t going to. However, a bit of improvisation later meant that I’d created a very romantic olive spoon, as my accidental gauge now resembled a purposeful heart-shaped drainage hole. YES, universe!

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