Wooden Spoon Carving

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, March 30 & April 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fred Livesay
Spoon carving is what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. Seemingly simple, the spoon is a seductive and functional piece of sculpture deeply rooted in the common wooden culture of our ancestors. Spoons reached their highest forms of development in Scandinavia where they were in daily use from well before the Viking era until the 1950s in rural areas. During your two day exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe practices from one of this country’s best spoon carvers. You will begin on a small project, then move to spoons. Discussion and hands-on demonstrations will focus on design, proportions, knife sharpening, decorating and finishing. This class requires some hand strength. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch each week. $20 material fee includes tool usage, practice wood, and spoon blanks. If desired, students may bring their own tools. Bring your favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class.

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Caricature Woodcarving Workshop

Date/Time: Saturday – Sunday, May 18 – May 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Morris Anderson
This woodcarving class will use rough-outs from various Caricature Carvers of America carvers like PJ Driscoll, Gerald Sears, Harold Enlow, Phil & Vicki Bishop, and Stu Martin. Instruction will be given in the areas of physical anatomy, proportion, and proper techniques used in caricature carving. The rough-outs will vary from realistic to western caricatures.

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Introduction to Functional Woodworking

Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

James Putman of Farmhouse Style Furniture
Working from pre-cut kits, you will learn the basics of woodworking to make a functional object for your home. Experiment with different stains for a rustic or modern look. No prior wood experience required! You will use basic tools for this project; no power tools will be used. Choose between three practical objects: planter box, decorative box or floating shelf. Please let office know at time of registration which project you would like to complete.

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Paint Your Own Dala Horse

Date/Time: Sunday, April 14, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wooden Dala horses started out centuries ago as childhood toys and have now become the iconic symbol of Sweden. In this class you will unleash your creativity to paint a personalized 2 dimensional 24” plywood Dala horse. Ideal for hanging on a door, over a fireplace or on a garage/barn or boathouse. Whether you are an art novice, home crafter or skilled painter, all levels are welcome. The best part of this experience is there is no one style or right way to paint our Dala horses. Horses are sanded and painted in your choice of background color and ready to decorate. Choose from traditional orange, Falun red, Swedish blue, yellow, white, black or green. Please note the color you plan on using at time of registration. Students are encouraged to research and think about possible patterns and color combinations (online resources abound) prior to class. You will also enjoy a traditional Swedish fika (coffee and sweets) during class. Please register for this class by Sunday, April 7.

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