Scandinavian Spoon Carving

With Fred Livesay

Date: July 27 – 29, 2018 (Class begins Friday evening)

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Fee:  $225.00

Spoon carving is what might be called, a gateway to green woodworking. Seemingly simple, the spoon is a seductive and functional piece of sculpture rooted deeply in the common wooden culture of our ancestors. Spoons reached some of the most interesting forms in Scandinavia where they were in daily use from well before the Viking era until the 1950s in rural areas.
During your three day exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe practices from one of the America’s best spoon carvers.  You will begin on small projects, then move to spoons.  Discussion and hands on demonstrations will focus on design, proportions, knife sharpening, decorating, and finishing.  This class requires some hand strength.

Students may bring their favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $20.00 includes tool usage, practice wood & spoon blanks

If students wish to, they may bring their own tools or they may purchase the following:

  • Mora carving knife (120 (shorter) or 106)
  • Scorp or hook knife available from ( get your order in early
  •  Sharpening stones if they have them (also available from

Fred Livesay carved his first spoon at age seven and has never stopped. He began teaching traditional Scandinavian crafts at age 17 for the Concordia language camps in northern Minnesota.  Earlier, at the age of 14 he began a formal seven-year carriage and wheelwright apprenticeship, after which, he attended the University of Minnesota where he switched majors four times before settling on and receiving a B. A. in Art History in 1989. In 1992, Fred was granted his M. A. from the Museum Studies Program at Cooperstown, New York.  Fred is a founding instructor of North House Folk School, teaches all over the upper Midwest and has studied and taught regularly in Sweden and England.  Fred currently resides in St. Paul, MN. and after 45 years, has never lost his passion for carving usable ‘sexy’ spoons.

Register for this class HERE