From tree to spoon, you will learn to carve this useful piece of art. Jögge will demonstrate the techniques of splitting and carving the wood and how to use a knife. A well-carved wooden eating spoon should be a joy to use. Not only must it look beautiful, it should also feel amazing in both hand and mouth. The focus of the class is to develop your confidence in the use of an axe and knife for roughing and finishing. You will learn carving strokes using “try” sticks, and improve your skills by making a set of chopsticks. Then you will make your spoon! Other aspects of the class will cover sharpening tools, design, decorating, and finishing. In addition, stretching exercises and posturing for fatigue-free carving will be make your carving a more enjoyable experience. Please bring your own old and new spoons to share with the class. There will be a materials fee. In connection with Vesterheim's exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community, Jögge Sundqvist will give the presention What is in a Spoon? at 7:00 p.m. on March 2, free and open to the public.
Jögge Sundqvist is an internationally known craftsman from Sweden with 35 years of woodworking experience. Jögge learned the skills of using a knife and ax from his father Willie Sundqvist and has been carving ever since. He worked part time with his craft until 1985 and in 1999 he started his own company, Surolle, and now is a full-time carver. He works with precision in raw and dry wood using hand tools creating chairs, knives, cupboards, spoons and troughs, blackboards, and sculptures. His influence comes from the Swedish folk art of the 17th century. Jögge's designs in wood and the use of color are exquisite.