• How to Carve with a Straight Knife (Course Only)


About this course

In this free video class, renowned woodworker Will St. Clair will teach you how to carve a spatula safely, using FIVE key knife grips. These techniques will form an excellent grounding to help you get started in wood carving. This course is part of our larger premium course Woodland Woodcarving.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn to make:

What's included in this course?

This course has been specially produced by our team of BAFTA and EMMY-winning filmmakers.
You'll learn to:







Meet your teacher

This course is taught by the marvellous Will St Clair. Will has spent years living at the Woodland Makers Workshop in Herefordshire where he teaches woodworking full time. The workshop is set in its own woodland and all the wood they use is harvested sustainably on site. As well as spoons and bowls, he also makes wonderful furniture.

Meet Will St Clair:

What our students are saying

"I have just started watching your free knife skills video. It is is lovely, I will be sharing the link with anyone who wants to start carving, it's so clear."

Becky F.

"The course was great, really lovely production standards which made it quite hypnotic to watch as well as informative."

Matthew B.

Why take up woodcarving?

Green wood carving has long been associated with personal development and wellbeing. In the late 19th century, the revolutionary educator Otto Salomon used it as a key component of his ‘sloyd’ or ‘handicraft’ education movement in Finland. Saloman thought that most classroom-based learning in elementary schools was boring, too theoretical and did very little for a child’s personal development, so he devised a syllabus of crafts, which encouraged students to learn increasingly challenging forms of woodwork, starting with carving. He believed handicraft education was just as important as physical education, and that a child with no training in manual dexterity was only half-educated

Who is this course for?

The course is perfect for anyone who wants to combine a love of the outdoors with a love of making stuff. You'll get better with yourhands and experience the sense of wellbeing and satisfaction that comes with it. You'll also learn to carve variety useful spoons and utensils. You don't need any prior experience to do this course but you will need to concentrate and work carefully.

What do you need?

To do the course you will need a wood carving knife. They are affordable tools that will last a lifetime. 

CLICK HERE to buy one (over 18s only)

Lesson plan


How to Carve with a Straight Knife (Course Only) – Free

Course FAQs

When does the course start?


The course is online and you can access it at your own pace whenever you like.

How do I watch the course?


You can watch the course online through any browser. If you're on your mobile or tablet you can also watch it via our app, which is called Teachable.

How long do I have access for?


When you buy one of our courses you get lifetime access from any device you own!

Can I take the course if I live outside the UK?


Yes! Our courses are available globally.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?


We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

Are materials and tools included?


No, but all of our courses are designed to be done with affordable tools, many of which you'll already have knocking around in your shed. Our courses come with extensive course notes which will show you how to get everything you need with a couple of clicks.

Give this course as a gift

In order to gift one of our courses, simply buy the course yourself, then email us at hello@myown2hands.co to let us know the purchase is a gift. We'll send you a unique coupon code and access instructions that you can send on to your loved one.