Wooden Spoon Carving

CLASS ID: 4T39
Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, May 12 & 19, 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 own tools, or purchase the following: Mora carving knife (120 or 106), scorp or hook knife, sharpening stones are all available from pinewoodforge.com. Get your order in early. Bring your favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class. Bring a lunch.

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Build a Portable Brick Oven

CLASS ID: 4T03
Date/Time: Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

David S. Cargo
Join award-winning baker David S. Cargo to learn how to build a portable stacked-brick oven. The oven is built from stacked bricks that are not mortared together and can be moved after the oven is built. Learn how to build a small oven by yourself and go from bare ground to cooking pizza in about 4 hours. While the fire is heating up the oven, David demonstrates how to make dough for pizza, bread, naan, and pita bread. Later in the afternoon, the dough is formed into the proper shapes for baking, and some dough is formed for a loaf of bread. Finally, the pita bread, naan, and pizzas are baked (and eaten) and then the loaf of bread goes into the oven.

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