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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is an old folk tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, seasonal income and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition globally. World class spoon carvers and instructors Fred Livesay and Jarrod Stone Dahl team up to offer a course suitable for beginners and advanced students alike that will cover the basic techniques, but also delves into design, ergonomics and layout, woods and wood grain, sharpening, finishing, painting and decorating and history and theory of practice. This tutorial format with two instructors allows students to pursue their own project interests with more support while enjoying the company of other spoon enthusiasts. Students are strongly encouraged to register for an optional 4th day at a discounted cost of $50.

Registration in the March 2017 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Friday, March 3, as part of Wood Week. The 4th optional day will be offered on Saturday, March 4. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


Tue, Feb 28, 2017 - Thu, Mar 02, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/17/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$285.00 per student (Regular rate)
$255.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

* The Feb 28, 2017 course is part of the Wood Week event

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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Fred Livesay Fred Livesay

Fred discovered his woodworking skills at age 10. He later trained as a wheelwright and carriage-builder for seven summers, and then went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts, art history, and museum studies. Fred currently makes his living as a carpenter but hopes to make teaching and craftwork his full-time job. Fred has taught at North House since its beginning, has studied crafts in Sweden and  demonstrates crafts in the five state area. Fred also teaches at the Milan Village Art School, Ingebretsen's, the American Swedish Institute, and Woodcraft.


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Jarrod Dahl Jarrod Dahl

Jarrod has been working with wood professionally since 1996 and currently makes and sells his handcrafts online under the business name Woodspirit and in select galleries. He teaches handcraft both nationally and internationally.  His main focus is woodturning using a foot powered lathe and carving spoons with axe and knife. He has studied and researched older work in museum archives in US, Sweden and the UK, which has been a very influential part of his inspiration as a craftsperson. Jarrod brings extensive knowledge of harvesting natural materials, the use of hand tools, and a deeper philosophical, historical and pragmatic approach to handcrafts to his work and his workshops.

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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions