Wooden Spoon Carving

Saturdays, August 19 & 26, 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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