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Carving the Wooden Bowl

Course Overview

Learn how to make a traditional dough bowl using the axe and adze. In this three day course you will work a log down to a bowl with simple tools. We will cover axe ergonomics, design and layout, and finishing techniques with gouges, block planes, and draw knives. Every student will make one dough bowl and we will discuss how to finish your bowl at home (after the wood dries out) by adding color with milk paint or using food safe oils. This course is designed to get you confident with the axe and carving larger vessels by hand.

North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. As recommended by our HVAC consultants, we have increased air ventilation and installed an air filtration system. We perform extra cleaning of campus and are keeping class sizes small in our largest classrooms. Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Fri, Mar 5th, 2021  –  Sun, Mar 7th, 2021

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $285.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021
Includes materials fee of $30.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Students should bring carving gloves, pencil, eye protection if they want a personal pair. Recommended Ansell nitrile grip cut proof gloves available on grainger.

Optional Tools

Bring any gouges, Carving axes, Or adzes to look at and potentially use. All tools are provided.


  • Recommended axe: Kalthoff carving axe
  • Recommended adze: Hans Karlson or Mike Fasold blacksmithing in Minneapolis
  • Gouges: Swiss made, my fav: 7L/25
  • Good reading: Willie Sundvist's Swedish Carving Techniques, available at the NHFS School Store

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.