Spoon-Carving Classes, 2016, or Why it’s good to carve your own spoon

Some of Robin Wood's collected spoons, at lunch, made by as many different carvers. Note the bowls, too...

Some of Robin Wood’s collected spoons, at lunch, made by as many different carvers. Note the bowls, too… Robin has been making bowls and spoons for twenty years, as well as doing research, writing, and advocating for hand craft. I got to visit in April, which was a huge gift. Click on the photo to goto Robin’s website, full of good things (browse the blog, too)

This summer, I’ll be teaching three spoon carving classes, all on Saturdays:
May 21
June 18 and
August 20
Classes are hosted by friends Richard and Charlene at Nanacardoon, their wonderful 1.5 acre suburban food-forest/garden/learning ground. It was very popular (and fun) — we spend a day learning about wood and basic axe and knife techniques so that everyone can go home w/a spoon. Click to see more about the class and to register (great grub included!)

I’ll also be teaching green woodworking at a couple of primitive skills gatherings: Buckeye, in CA, May 1 – 7 (already full) And Echoes in Time, near Salem OR, July 17-23. There are many gatherings all different times of year, all over the country (almost every month of the year!) For a pretty complete list, click here.

If anyone asks, here’s one version of why it’s good to carve a spoon (thanks to Robin Wood for the reference):

About Kiko Denzer

I live in western Oregon with my family and run Hand Print Press with help from friends Max and Eva. We are interested in restoring the arts of living to their rightful, traditional, public role, as cultural medium – and think the web is a poor substitute, but until we can fashion something better, we try to make the most of it.

2 Responses to Spoon-Carving Classes, 2016, or Why it’s good to carve your own spoon

  1. Francis Schmitz says:

    loved the piece on Splendid Table yesterday. I am in Wisconsin and cannot get to Oregon for a class. Is there a book? I also wonder what kind of wood is best. Thanks

    • Kiko Denzer says:

      There are several schools near you that offer spoon-carving classes — look up “folk school” and “greenwood spoon carving” — the one I know best is North House Folk School, in Grand Marais, but I know there are some in WI too. As for books, there’s the classic by Willie Sundqvist, as well as some others…

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