Online – Introduction to Spoon Carving (Sold out! Register to join the waiting list!)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online – Introduction to Spoon Carving (Sold out! Register to join the waiting list!)

Tuesday, December 7 (5:00-8:00pm CT) with Jess Hirsch

Level of Instruction
All levels. Beginners encouraged.
$120.00 Members
$135.00 Non-members

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 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 is one Zoom session on Tuesday, December 7 (5:00-8:00pm CT).

This class includes a kit of materials shipped to your home 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. Tools are required for this class and included in the class fee.

Supplies: Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: November 22, 2021

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.