Greenwood Spoon carving class

with Kiko Denzer, September 21

This is a hands-on opportunity to learn the art of hand-carving a spoon from a branch. Spoons are a doorway into a large array of traditional wood-craft, from toys to bowls to chairs to houses. In this class, our only tools are a saw, hatchet, and two knives (you’ll need to bring one of them — all other tools will be provided). Material is local green wood, typically a branch from an alder tree. The result can be as delicate and beautiful as you can make it. Or simple and basic. Either way, all spoons begin as a “chip of wood” (which is also the root meaning of the word). 

Before mass-production made metal spoons cheap and common, whole villages devoted their labor to the production of wooden spoons. A wooden implement makes eating your morning cereal a uniquely beautiful (and quieter!) experience. Class size is limited, to allow for individual instruction. Each day is a stand-alone class that covers all the basics, but participants are welcome to return and take it a second time for practice and to develop their technique and understanding. 

On the way to a spoon, we’ll also cover:

  • Properties of various woods
  • Effective grips and tool techniques
  • Basic 3-D design
  • Sharpening and maintenance
  • Treatment of finished spoons

Materials needed:

Students should come with their own straight bladed knife, preferably one with a comfortable handle (recommended are a Mora 106 carving knife, or a No. 8 Opinel folding knife; blades should be carbon steel, not stainless; both are widely available. The Opinel is a good all-around pocket knife; the Mora is a more specialized carving blade; but you can also just bring what you have. Also bring sharpening kit(s) if you have them.) 

Additional info:
A Beautiful Spoon, an exploration of creative process and design
The Value of a Spoon, an exploration of the craft economy.

Schedule & Registration info:

  • Saturday, September 21
  • 9:00 am- 5:00 pm (includes break time) 

    Teens and Adults (15 years and older) 
    12 – 15 years old welcome with parent and instructor permission
    Liability Waiver

Registration fee: $80.00 per workshop
Register here