Hooked on Spoons: Scandinavian Spoon Carving



Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)


Fred Livesay


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Spoons are what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. Once you're hooked, there’s no telling where carving may lead you. Scandinavian culture is rich with spoons—from the simple to the sublime. You will begin with a basic project to build knife skills, then progress to carving a spoon or two. The days will be interspersed with hands-on demonstrations, such as sharpening and spoon layout, plus short topic talks on spoon design, wood choice, and finishes. Fred will also lead a tour, along with museum staff, of Vesterheim’s amazing spoon collection. There will be a hike to nearby woods to look at spoons in their natural environment as parts of trees. Be sure to dress appropriately for the hike. Fred will supply all needed classroom materials and will have some tools for use. This class requires the hand strength to open a somewhat tight jar lid.


Level of Instruction:

All levels.


There is a materials fee of $35 payable to the instructor in cash or check. Some class materials will be available for purchase in the museum store. A detailed supply and tool list will be provided by email (after registration) in the weeks leading up to your class. 

Enrollment Deadline: 

August 19, 2022

Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.


Click here to read more about instructor Fred Livesay.


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