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Woodcarving

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

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Course Overview

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for seasonal income, and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs, and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition globally. This course is suitable for beginners and advanced students alike and covers basic techniques, while also delving into design, ergonomics and layout, woods and wood grain, sharpening, finishing, painting, decorating, and history and theory of the practice. This course format with two instructors allows students to pursue their own project interests with more support while enjoying the company of other spoon enthusiasts. Please note this course is open to all levels, but requires a basic amount of hand strength, stamina, and focus to be able to complete projects listed. Being able to open a sealed jar is an example of basic hand strength.

Required Tools

  • All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Session Information

There is an optional Day 4 available to students for additional practice. Please register in advance, $50 tuition.

Dates

Thu, Oct 13th, 2022  –  Sat, Oct 15th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $10.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay
Fred Livesay
St. Paul, MN

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mike Loeffler
Mike Loeffler
Grand Marais, MN

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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions