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Foundations of Spoon Carving: Crafting a Spoon with Artistry

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Course Overview

Join folk artist and renowned teacher Liesl Chatman in learning foundational spoon carving skills while carving smaller Scandinavian-style eating spoons. This is a great class for new spoon carvers as well as intermediate carvers seeking a methodical approach to spoon carving.  From axe work to facets and keels to rims, this class will focus on understanding the role of both hands, improving body mechanics, and maintaining mindfulness in the process of removing and ultimately sculpting wood with edge tools. Using templates, patterns, and 3-dimensional thinking to produce pleasing and consistent designs, students will simultaneously make two 5-inch pocket spoons using an unconventional double-blank technique developed by Liesl called the “gullwing.”  Students will be using dry basswood, which allows everyone to slow down and concentrate on building skills. An added bonus is that hands won’t become as fatigued as working with greenwood as it dries. All of the techniques, however, transfer well to greenwood. Plus, students will make their own pocket-sized zine using Liesl’s hand-drawn handouts—all sized to be pasted into a Moleskine 3 ½” x 5 ½” notebook. These approaches, techniques, and skills coupled with the detailed zine are building blocks for future spoon carving projects of all shapes and sizes.

Required Tools

  • Sloyd knife (Mora 120 or similar) 
  • Hook knife
  • Pencil
  • Pen 
  • Strop

Optional Tools

  • Pull saw
  • Carving axe


Fri, Aug 30th, 2024  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $45.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Liesl Chatman
Liesl Chatman
Minneapolis, MN

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Foundations of Spoon Carving: Crafting a Spoon with Artistry