Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh-cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. Jess Hirsch will lead students through the process of carving a spoon over Zoom, using a prepared wooden blank. We cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing - from tree to spoon! This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd-style carving.
Together students will go through safe knife holds and the steps to carve their very own cooking spoon! Carving is just as safe as cooking at home; students only need good hand strength and flexibility to carve their own spoon.
Please wear pants and close toed shoes.
This class includes a kit with a Morakniv 120 carving knife, a Morakniv 164 hook carving knife, spoon blank, sandpaper, oil, and carving gloves (a $75 value). Kits will be shipped to students and will have everything you need to continue carving, long after the class.
Supplies: A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: You will receive a link to the Zoom session by email sometime during the week prior to the group meeting.
Enrollment Deadline: December 9, 2020
Jess Hirsch is a sculptor and craftsperson living in Minneapolis. Her craft focuses on Sloyd, Scandinavian hand craft with an interest in greenwood working. Hirsch is the founder of Women’s Woodshop, empowering women and non-binary woodworkers through the art of woodcraft. She has traveled to Sweden to study with Beth Moen and Stefan Norgaard through the American Scandinavian Foundation’s Craft Grant. She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Art grant to study Sloyd with Jim Sannerud. She loves to make spoons, bowls and the occasional chair when she is not teaching.