Learn Traditional Spoon Carving
This class is geared towards making a spoon by using traditional tools and methods. You will learn about and practice with various tools used in spoon making.
This is a green-wood class where you will be splitting wet-wood logs to size and shaping with axe, knife, and saw. It is recommended that you have good hand, wrist, and forearm strength to complete the class.
This 1-day intensive class covers 3-days worth of material and is focused on the techniques of carving with axe, hook knife, and a fixed blade knife.
You will learn and/or practice:
-Axe and knife safety
-General woodworking safety
-Using assorted hand tools to make a spoon
-Splitting a green-wood log with axe and shape to a carving blank
-Discuss green-wood vs. dry-wood
-Practice axe carving techniques with Gransfor Burk Carvers Axe
-Practice (8) common hand-grip techniques with knife, and hook knife
-Practice hold-down methods for carving
-Discuss the Sloyd tradition and history
-How to identify wood grain and direction
-Design a spoon and understand fiber-to-form, template creation methods, and spoon functionality
-Explore chip cuts and decorative carving with knife
-Discuss drying techniques
-Cover sharpening techniques for knife, and hook knife
-Review finishing methods
You will learn different hold-down techniques working from either a shop bench with a side and end-vice or a spoon mule. Each student will be provided with their own modern spoon mule or bench to work from.
LENGTH: 1-DAY / 10:00am to 5:00pm (45-min lunch break)
LOCATION: Brunswick, Maine
LUNCH: Please be prepared to bring your own lunch, snack, and drink to class
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate ++
REQUIREMENTS: 18 Years old or older. Must have good hand, forearm, and wrist strength to complete the class.
COURSE FEE: $75 per person
MATERIALS: All materials are provided for the workshop
TOOLS: Hand tools are provided (You may bring your own tools, but it's not required)
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED