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Sunday, July 21 9am - 5pm


In this full-day session, we'll start with a freshly felled birch log, and make a delightful personal eating spoon, using traditional Scandinavian tools and techniques. We'll learn how to harvest material from a log, and use "Slöjd" woodcarving knives to create a very practical and beautiful spoon for everyday use!

Our approach will be to learn the specific knife grips and cuts that are needed in different areas of the spoon's form. We'll learn about, and pay close attention to the grain direction of the wood, and techniques for getting a clean and satisfying surface. This experience is a great way to learn and understand how to work with wood in general, beyond spoon carving. We'll look at some simple food-safe finishes that will hold up to continued use.

We'll have a relaxing and peaceful day together, away from outside distractions and obligations. We'll listen to the gentle sound of sharp knives cutting fresh wood. We'll take a 30-40 minute break around noon to move around, eat and chat. Please bring a lunch and/or snacks. We'll also have some light snacks and refreshments as well.

Date: Sunday, July 21 2024

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Workshop Cost: $185.00

Included in Cost: $170.00 instruction/studio time and $15.00 materials fee Members receive a 10% discount

Instructor: Jason Nemec

Age: Adults, 18 and up

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced. It Requires some hand strength and is important that you can carefully follow instructions to ensure safety. Some woodworking experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Location: Main Street Studio, 786 Charlton Road, Charlton NY 12019

Maximum class size: 8 students

About Jason Nemec Jason is a full-time woodworker, artist, furniture maker, and teacher working primarily with locally-sourced reclaimed timber. With his wife Dana, he runs Main Street Studio, a community craft center focused on creative collaboration and discovery of new and traditional craft materials and techniques. For Jason, spoon carving represents a break from the hustle and bustle, and an opportunity to connect with the materials and tools he loves, to simply pass time in a mindful and meditative way.