Introduction to Spoon Carving (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Introduction to Spoon Carving (SOLD OUT)

January 9, 2021 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT) with Jess Hirsch

Level of Instruction
This class is for beginner carvers with no or limited experience. Participant age 12 and up (Under 18 accompanied by an Adult).
$120.00 Members
$120.00 Non-members

Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh-cut tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. Through Zoom, Jess Hirsch will lead students through the process of carving a spoon using a prepared wooden blank. We will cover tree anatomy, axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook and 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 glove ($75 value). Kits will be shipped to students and will have everything you need to continue carving long after the class. If you are left-handed, please email to make sure we get you the right tools!

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact when you register for more information. Additionally, if you are left-handed, please let us know so we can ship you the correct tools. 

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 31, 2020

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Jess Hirsch

Jess Hirsch

Jess Hirsch is a sculptor and craftsperson living in Minneapolis. Her craft focuses on sloyd, a Scandinavian hand craft, with an interest in greenwood working. Hirsch is the founder of Fireweed Community 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.