Howdy Perm-fam! I'm helping friend and author, Kiko Denzer plan some amazing classes this upcoming June in the Pacific Northwest - both Corvallis and Portland!
Dates are: June 2nd and 3rd for Portland and Corvallis June 9th and 16th!
Kiko will be providing hands-on opportunities to learn the art of hand carving a spoon from a branch. Spoons are a doorway into traditional, sculptural wood-craft, from toys to bowls to chairs to houses. In this class, our only tools are a saw, hatchet, and two knives (you’ll need to bring one of them—all other tools will be provided). Material is local green wood, typically a branch of alder. We’ll also cover the properties of various woods, effective grips and tool techniques, 3-D design, tool sharpening and maintenance, Oil & other finishes. Small class, individual instruction.
Participants may register for both days to develop technique and skill. Questions? Feel free to comment this thread! I'm so excited!
Instructor bio: "I have been a teaching artist for about 20 years; spoon carving since about 2010; I also turn bowls on a footpowered lathe. I started carving stone at ten, and went to Italy at 17 to carve marble. Bill Coperthwaite put a crooked knife in my hand during a 2007 yurt-building workshop. Few folks need a marble statue, but everyone needs a beautiful wooden spoon! I also publish at HandPrintPress.com"
Kiko came out to Cobville last autumn when I was visiting and the carving tools were really effective, and the utensils he had were very nice. A couple had already made their very first spoons a day or two later from scrap wood they found on-site. The curved carving blade made it easy to create the rounded spoon shape.
I'm not quite a lumberjack, but that's OK, I sleep all night and I dream all day; I'll coppice trees, I'll grow my food, and compost poo and pee! With a well and off-grid solar, it's a permies life for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
Thank you Stephanie! It looks like a fabulous class and I would go if it was a part day, although I'm sure a full day is what's needed. Wish I wasn't flying out of town right after and didn't have so many farm chores that need doing before I leave. Hopefully next time!
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?