2024-08-23 – Foundations of Spoon Carving: Crafting a Spoon with Artistry



August 23-25 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT)



Liesl Chatman



This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School. 


Join folk artist and renowned teacher Liesl Chatman in learning foundational spoon carving skills while carving smaller Scandinavian-style eating spoons. From axe work to facets and keels to rims, this class will focus on understanding the role of both hands, improving body mechanics, and maintaining mindfulness in the process of removing and ultimately sculpting wood with edge tools.

Using templates, patterns, and 3-dimensional thinking to produce pleasing and consistent designs, students will simultaneously make two 5-inch pocket spoons using an unconventional double-blank technique developed by Liesl called the “gullwing.” Students will be using dry basswood, which allows everyone to slow down and concentrate on building skills. An added bonus is that hands won’t become as fatigued as working with greenwood as it dries. All of the techniques, however, transfer well to greenwood.

Plus, students will make their own pocket-sized zine using Liesl’s hand drawn handouts—all sized to be pasted into a Moleskine 5x8 inch notebook. These approaches, techniques, and skills, coupled with the detailed zine, are building blocks for future spoon carving projects of all shapes and sizes.


Level of Instruction: 

All levels are welcome. This is a great class for new spoon carvers as well as intermediate carvers seeking a methodical approach to spoon carving. 



If you have a preferred axe, sloyd knife, or hook knife, please feel free to bring them, but there will be plenty on site to borrow.
A $50 materials fee that will be payable directly to the instructor.


Enrollment Deadline: 

August 02, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Liesl Chatman.


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Vesterheim’s woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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