Spoon Carving: Create a Beautiful and Functional Wooden Spoon

With Fred LivesayTuition $275Materials fee: $15

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 their highest forms of development in Scandinavia where they were in daily use from well before the Viking era until the 1950s in rural areas.

During your weekend exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe carving practices. You will begin on smaller 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. Participants will go home with at least one finished spoon; those with more hand skill and experience may go home with two.

Click for WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Your registration includes:•  Five catered meals featuring organic and locally sou
rced ingredients. Four meals are provided by Red Barn Catering, and Saturday’s evening meal is a Farm-to-Table dinner presented by Circle M Farm.• Staff concert Friday night• Saturday Barn Dance with Chuck Hornemann’s String Band

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BIO: Fred Livesay discovered his woodworking skills at age 10, and has grown to be one of America’s best spoon carvers. A founding member of and regular teacher at North House Folk School, he has taught at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Milan Village Art School, Ingebretsen’s, and Woodcraft. After training as a wheelwright and carriage builder Fred went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts, art history and museum studies. Fred enjoys promoting the value and environmental soundness of producing handcrafted work instead of mass-produced products. While he makes his living as a carpenter, his passion and joy remains crafting and teaching the traditions and ‘how to’ of hand-made objects. BACK to Sustainability Weekend