Woodworking Lab: Wooden Spoon Carving (2 sessions)

  • 22 Apr 2021
  • 30 Apr 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 22 Apr 2021, 6:00 PM (EDT) 23 Apr 2021, 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • 29 Apr 2021, 6:00 PM (EDT) 30 Apr 2021, 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Street, Middlebury
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  • Includes a hook knife and wooden spoon blank.

Registration is closed

This class is held in person and is limited to 6 participants + the instructor. Sign up early to save your seat. This class will be taught in two 2-hour sessions on April 22nd and April 29th. You must attend the first session to attend the second. 

The tuition fee includes a hook knife and a wooden spoon blank. 

Learn how to hand-carve a wooden spoon.  From simple to ornate, spoons have been made this way for hundreds of years across many different cultures.

During two 2-hour sessions you’ll learn:

  • Good spoon design
  • Proper knife techniques and safety
  • Sharpening, honing and stropping
  • Finishing and maintaining your spoon

The first hour of each session will include a lecture and demo, and the second hour will be devoted to supervised hands-on carving. Included in the tuition fee is a hook knife and a spoon blank (piece of wood) with most of the roughing out completed.  You provide a straight knife of your choice (hunting, utility or other straight-bladed). Additional spoon blanks will be available for purchase.

Your instructor, Neil Silins, has been carving spoons for about six years. He has also restored antiques, sculpted in wood and made cabinets for pleasure. Working wood with hand tools is a very different experience from the usual machine tool approach, and carving spoons seems to be almost addictive.

Tuition: $45 for BOTH classes  (includes a knife for you to keep and a wooden blank)

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