In-Person – Hooked on Spoons: Carving in the Scandinavian Tradition (SOLD OUT)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

In-Person – Hooked on Spoons: Carving in the Scandinavian Tradition (SOLD OUT)

Friday, November 12 - Sunday, November 14 (9am-5pm) with Fred Livesay

Level of Instruction
All levels
$220.00 Members
$270.00 Non-members
Materials Fee
There is a materials fee of $30, payable to the instructor. Some class materials will be available for purchase in the museum store. A detailed supply and tool list will be provided by email (after registration) in the weeks leading up to your class. 

Spoons are what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. Once you're hooked, there’s no telling where carving may lead you. Scandinavian culture is rich with spoons—from the simple to the sublime. You will begin with a basic project to build knife skills, then progress to carving a spoon or two. The days will be interspersed with hands-on demonstrations, such as sharpening and spoon layout, plus short topic talks on spoon design, wood choice, and finishes. Fred will also lead a tour, along with museum staff, of Vesterheim’s amazing spoon collection. There will be a hike to nearby woods to look at spoons in their natural environment as parts of trees. Be sure to dress appropriately for the hike. Fred will supply all needed classroom materials and will have some tools for use. This class requires the hand strength to open a somewhat tight jar lid.


***This class is an in-person class at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa***

Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.


The Folk Art greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact Josh Torkelson, On-Site Program Coordinator, at or call 563-382-9681.


Enrollment Deadline: October 22, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Fred Livesay

Fred Livesay

Fred Livesay made his first spoon at age seven and has focused his life and career on traditional handwork ever since. He trained formally as a wheelwright and carriage-builder and then went on to study Scandinavian folk art with Marion Nelson, as well as decorative arts and art history, eventually receiving an M.A. in museum studies. Thirty-five years of teaching and studying in the United States, Sweden, and England give him a clear understanding of the joy handmade objects bring to everyday living; the healing art of craft; and the meditative connection between head, hands, and heart. Fred is a founding instructor of North House Folk School and of the Spoon Gathering in Milan, Minnesota. Fred is a sought-after teacher of craft nationally and internationally.

Learn more: Watch this video, Wooden Spoons with Fred Livesay, where Fred joined Vesterheim to discuss wooden spoons in Vesterheim's collection.

And enjoy a video recording of the online presentation Unraveling the Knot Basket: Investigating the Scandinavian Knutkorg