Greenwood Spoon carving class
with Kiko Denzer, June 15
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
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.)
Schedule & Registration info:
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
Registration fee: $80.00 per workshop