Spoon Carving for Beginners
Instructor: Larry Cooper
Saturday, November 18
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ages: Adult (18 and up)
All levels are welcome. No experience required.
- Bring Your Own Sharpened Mora # 106 & #164 Knife, or use one provided by the instructor.
- Limited Quantity of knives available, let Olive’s Porch know before the workshop if you need us to provide a knife for the workshop.
We will begin to learn the Scandinavian Sloyd style of spoon carving that has been in use there since the 1860s. Sloyd focuses on learning to use knives with careful placements of the hands and total control of the movement of the blades. Beginning with prepared blanks, we will make a spreader and a cooking spoon. Using Sloyd techniques the instructor will demonstrate the use of an axe and saw to prepare blanks for carving. Wood choices and knife sharpening will be discussed and demonstrated in this workshop.
All materials are included with a $10 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop.
*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.
Larry Cooper has been a full-time blacksmith since 1986. With a lifetime of working with his hands, he became interested in spoon carving after meeting a spoon carver in 2017. Realizing the simplicity of the tooling and techniques involved in making Sloyd style spoons, it seemed like second nature with the amount of time he spent outdoors. He began to explore this fascinating craft and enjoys sharing his knowledge as much as encouraging more people to take up spoon carving.