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Alex Yerks

Woodstock, NY
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Alex Yerks

Alex was born and raised on a mountain in Upstate New York and grew up wandering around the surrounding woods. Brought up to rely on his natural surroundings, he instinctively works with the natural resources of the forest, utilizing the unique qualities of each tree in his projects. Alex has been a daily carver for seven years and teaches nationally and internationally at Spoonfest in England, Green Wood Guild in London, The Milan Spoon Gathering, various workshops in Wales, Holland, and at his yurt in the Catskill Mountains in New York. His main focus is carving Scandinavian drinking cups called kuksas which he currently is the only one in the world taking this on from a production standpoint.

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Current Courses Offered by Alex Yerks

3 days
Teaser image for Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

The kuksa is an old-style wooden cup made to travel far and wide and be at the ready, whether the beverage of choice is water from a Boundary Waters lake, coffee of any quality, or even a splash of something stronger (so we've been told). Over three days, students will…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
Instructor: Alex Yerks